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'Java Month' Springs into Action; Up First: JAX London

Posted by editor on April 11, 2011 at 2:07 PM PDT

As Alexis Moussine-Pouchkine noted on Saturday, April is Java month around the world -- that's definitely the case this year, anyway. Alexis points out seven pretty major events happening this week (including JAX London, JavaOne Russia, and CONFESS 2011), and more to come next week.

Today, JAX London's Pre-Conference Day is under way. It features tutorials and also Agile Day. If you look at the JAX Conference Overview, you see that it has a somewhat unusual structure with respect to schedule. While the conference runs for three days, the schedule is structured into "days" named after individual topics. For example, there's Agile Day, Java EE Day, Systems Integration Day, Spring Day, ... Called Special Days by the conference organizers, these:

"will show important themes in an comprehensive sense. Moderated by an expert of the respective theme, they present in many sessions comprehensive knowledge and a perfect place to exchange your experiences."

What's nice about this is that it facilitates attending the conference for fewer than all three days, if your primary interest is localized to a specific topic area. And, true to form, the JAX pricing structure lets you take advantage of the schedule, by letting you purchase a one-day, two-day, or full three-day registration. In other words, you purchase only the specific conference days you're interested in. That can be a real money saver. I hope other conferences will take note.

Of course, you can follow JAX London as it happens on Twitter, via @jaxlondon or a search for the #jaxlondon tag. As I write this (20:30 GMT):

  • Arun Gupta has just tweeted about the excellent JAX London reception and speakers dinner;
  • Regarding today's sessions, @akesterton says he "particularly liked the one on agile development (for small co-located teams)"; and
  • Sandro Mancuso has finished providing running commentary on the agile panel discussion he attended.

As I've said before, Twitter isn't my favorite method for following conferences remotely -- but I'll take it in the absence of something better. I think in the 'olden days' (i.e., pre-Twitter), when people would write somewhat organized blog posts during and following a session or a day at a conference, it was easier for a remote observer to get a feel for the really significant information that was being presented.

Still, I intend to use Twitter substantially this week, and next week, while also searching for blog posts, as I follow what Alexis pretty aptly is calling "Java month around the world". Weblogs

Since my last blog post, a couple interesting new blogs have been posted by others:


Our current poll asks "How soon do you expect to attend your next Java-related technology conference?" Voting will close on Monday.


Our latest href="">Spotlight is Adam Bien's new article, Contexts and Dependency Injection in Java EE 6:

Java Platform, Enterprise Edition (Java EE) 5 brought dependency injection (DI) with Convention over Configuration to Enterprise JavaBeans (EJB) 3.0. Java EE 6 introduces the flexible and powerful @Inject dependency injection model (JSR-330 and JSR-299) in addition to the already existing @EJB annotation. So when should you use what?

We're also featuring Java Spotlight Episode 24: Joe Darcy on Project Coin:

Interview with Joe Darcy, Project Coin Lead, on the JDK 7 changes coming from Project Coin. Joining us this week on the Java All Star Developer Panel are Dalibor Topic, Java Free and Open Source Software Ambassador, and Alexis Moussine-Pouchkine, Java EE Developer Advocate...

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