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Sebastien Arbogast: My Devoxx Discoveries of the Year

Posted by editor on November 30, 2009 at 10:26 AM PST

The surprise announcement at Devoxx that closures will be included in Java 7 has dominated most discussion related to the conference. However, in My Devoxx Discoveries of the Year, Sebastien Arbogast focuses on some of the other interesting happenings at this year's conference. So, I've made his post this week's Spotlight feature.

Sebastien is a long-time Devoxx attendee, and he states why going to conferences like Devoxx is always high on his list of objectives:

Every year, the main reason why I go to Devoxx is to discover new stuff. For me it's all about technology watch. The internet and RSS feeds are my main tech watch instrument but there is one thing that is harder to get through RSS: feelings. Conferences like Devoxx are a unique opportunity, not only to see what's happening but also to sense how the community is feeling about it, which is at least as important to anticipate on what's going to be important.

After stating why Java EE 6 and closures in Java 7 did not grab much of his attention at the conference, Sebastien delves into "the things I do care about. My discoveries." Sebastien details four important discoveries he made at this year's Devoxx:

  1. Kanban - a model for lean software development
  2. Spring-Actionscript - a toolbox for Spring/Flex projects
  3. JSR-308 and its pluggable type checkers and Project Lombok - technologies that detect and prevent coding errors before they happen
  4. Pomodoro technique - a time management methodology

One similarity between all of these is that, if applied correctly, they will save time and increase your productivity as a software engineer. You can read the full details on why these discoveries really attracted Sebastien's attention in his post. His conclusion regarding this year's Devoxx:

Overall, this edition of Devoxx was great! The first 2 days, I was somewhat afraid that it would be disappointing, because you could feel that everything was "cheaper", that there were less sponsors, less schwag, less tempting hostesses. But then the most important part was preserved: amazing independent content and a great community spirit. Finally there was an interesting special guest this year: Twitter. Twitter was everywhere. People were tweeting live from the sessions, there was a projection board with all devoxx-related tweets in the hallway. I and a bunch of my colleagues were even using twitter to cover Devoxx live for our fellow Axenian java developers on our intranet. Twitter was really everywhere this year.

And, Sebastien notes that "All the talks will be available in the weeks to com on So stay tuned.

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