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Coming Up: the JavaOne 2012 Interviews

Posted by editor on October 10, 2012 at 12:27 PM PDT

At JavaOne this year, I experimented with a new way of experiencing the conference. Rather than attending as many interesting sessions as I could fit in (as I've done in the past), I chose to focus on talking with some of Java's innovators and organizers who were present at the conference, and taking copious notes as the conversations proceeded. The result is that I now have in my possession a notebook that is filled almost to the last page with comments, quotes, and notes about conversations with more than a dozen prominent JavaOne attendees, including Java Champions, Java User Group leaders, Duke's Choice Award winners, and JCP Award winners.

The interview series will actually have a kind of theme -- at JavaOne this year, I felt several strong currents of energy, including these two specific directions:

  1. Community participation via the Adopt-a-JSR and Adopt OpenJDK projects, and the generally high level of Java User Group enthusiasm; and
  2. New entrepreneurial engagement facilitated by new technologies that enable a single developer who has an idea to launch a global business without needing substantial financing.

To me, it seems the playing field is being leveled. The "Adopt" initiatives enable any developer who has the desire to participate to influence the outcome of Java's future. Meanwhile, the realization that today a single developer can create a start-up that might become the next Facebook, using for example Jelastic's cloud platform and Apache Hadoop to ensure flawless scaling, for perhaps under $100 US per month during the initial site development phase, amazes me! Who would have guessed a few years ago that such possibilities would be today's reality?

These aspects of the new world we live in will be highlighted in the JavaOne 2012 interviews. It's not me saying what can be. It's simply me listening to what Java experts are saying, and conveying it to you, the Java Community, through the interview posts.

JavaOne 2012 was a fascinating event for me, and I suspect that was the case as well for almost all of its participants. I look forward to sharing my JavaOne experience with you in the coming weeks...

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-- Kevin Farnham (@kevin_farnham)

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