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JavaOne Next Gen Web - talks I'd like to see

Posted by driscoll on December 4, 2008 at 1:31 PM PST

I help organize the JavaOne conference, working with a team of about a dozen people to review talks for the Next Generation Web track - which covers Web 2.0 stuff, cloud computing, JavaScript on the web client, Comet, REST, that sort of thing. You know, all the really good stuff that you want to see.


Every year, we have a problem - too many good talks in some areas, not enough good talks in others. This year, I thought I'd get out ahead of it with some suggestions for the sorts of talks that I would like to see. Since selecting talks is a group experience, I can't make any promises about what would be accepted, but here's a list of a few things that I think would be some really good talks.



  • Beginning Comet

  • Yes, we had a lot of these last year. But one more year of introduction to this important technology is probably appropriate, given the new api's that have come on line in the last year.
  • Advanced Comet topics

  • We had feedback last year that we should have had more meat on the Comet talks. I'm game - want to give a talk?
  • Beginning JavaScript for Java Developers
  • We've never had one of these talks - but then, noone's submitted one, either.

  • Web client JavaScript tricks and tips
  • There's a lot to know to write around IE's bugs and *ahem* design decisions.

  • Portlets in a lightweight Web 2.0 world
  • Lots of stuff going on in that space.

  • Web 2.0 performance considerations
  • Always a crowd pleaser.

  • Web 2.0 security
  • We have one every year, but it's a topic that never gets old.

  • Testing asynchronous web clients
  • I like HtmlUnit - what do you like?

  • Survey of JavaScript libraries
  • They're like snowflakes - dozens of them, all similar yet different.

  • Community Aware Computing
  • We had a few last year, they were pretty popular.

  • Creating Beautiful Web Sites
  • Design is more than just picking the right colors.

  • Creating active web sites for Android and iPhone
  • There's a lot to know there - wouldn't you like to know more?


While we're at it, let's talk about what will get your talk NOT accepted.

  • A naked product pitch for something I need to pay money for.
  • A naked product pitch for your niche free product.
  • A long abstract that shows an inability to edit to be concise.
  • A short abstract that reads like a haiku - mysterious and evocative is not what we're looking for, sorry.
  • An abstract that has numerous spelling and grammatical errors, or shows in some other way that you'd be a pretty bad choice to spend an hour speaking to an audience.
    You don't have to have a perfect abstract, but you should convey competence with both English and your subject matter, and attention to detail is one way to convey that.


Submitting one of the suggested talks won't get you a guaranteed speaker slot at JavaOne, but it'd be a good start toward that. Got an idea for a talk you want to do? Submit it now. Got an idea for a great talk you want someone else to do? Let us know, below.

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