The JavaOne Experience: attending sessions, meeting friends, and more.
javaone to me has become more than attending a marathon of sessions from dusk to dawn. it's a forum for meeting with one's peer face to face, for discussions and exchange of information. i was pleasantly surprised to find out that finding someone among the crowd this year is not as difficult as it used to be. i'd say the size of the conference (though still quite large) is definitely more enjoyable this year.
i've run into acquaintances from "back home" in austin (dr richard cohen whom i recently met at the austin xml users group), fellow speakers from other conferences (primarily the no-fluff-just-stuff series of symposiums on java: jason hunter, glenn vanderburg, erik hatcher and more!), and friends and contacts from industry whom i've had the pleasure to meet through their affiliation with the austin java users group (jeff zado from quest software). i look forward to running into or otherwise meeting a few more friends at booths, halls, or sessions today.