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Seeking Input: What's the Significance of JavaOne 2011?

Posted by editor on October 5, 2011 at 8:03 AM PDT

The end of JavaOne 2011 is approaching. Yes, officially only 2 days of a 4 day conference have been completed -- but it feels like most of the headline news has already broken. Then also, some of us have been here since late last week (the java.net Community Leads meeting was on Saturday, Oracle ACEs had events before that, etc.). Today is my last full day at JavaOne, I'll be printing my boarding pass in the Hilton lobby later today... That said, I very much look forward to the remaining sessions I plan to attend, and to Thursday's "Java Community Keynote."

JavaOne 2011 has a very different feel to me, compared with the last JavaOne I attended (Sun's last event, in 2009). At this point, I don't want to say much more about this. For one thing, I've had a problem at JavaOne 2011: my wish that I could apply Java 7's Fork/Join Framework to myself, and attend every session and BOF every day, while also speaking for at least a few minutes with everyone who attended the conference, failed (Lamine Ba has asked me to let him know when I get this Fork/Join thing figured out).

Anyway, the conclusion I reached this past night / early morning is that I consider JavaOne 2011 to be momentous in quite a few ways. But in order to really focus my thoughts on this, I'm going to have to wait until I've had a chance to study and consider some of the parts of JavaOne I missed, read everything everyone else has posted, re-watch the keynotes, download and study slides from presentations, re-review some of what's happened in the past few months, etc. That can only be done after JavaOne 2011. Then, I'll start a blog series, to be called (tentatively) "The Significance of JavaOne 2011."

This shouldn't be a one-person effort. Ideally, it would almost be like a little open source thought project, with constructive input from many members of the Java developer community integrated into the blog series.

Before I leave JavaOne 2011, I'd like to know what other people who attended the conference think about JavaOne 2011, its impact, significance, etc. It's a rainy day in San Francisco thus far, with rain expected for most of the day. Given this, the Mason Street area probably won't be the most comfortable place for meeting and chatting. My plan is to use the area near Starbucks in the Hilton lobby as a place to meet people, if/when Mason Street is being rained on. I'll tweet my whereabouts as the day proceeds (@kevin_farnham). Find me if you'd like to chat! Or post comments here, whatever works...

So, what is the significance of JavaOne 2011 in your view?


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