JavaOne, Day One
I was in meetings in the morning. Then from 12:30 until after 1:30 I was in the Hands On Lab attending another short meeting and attempting to debug a last minute problem. Actually, Alexis Moussine-Pouchkine was attempting to debug a problem and I was sort of assisting. We were convinced that it was a software problem, but in the end it turned out to be a one-time hardware glitch.
It ate up some time, but it was worth it to get a chance to meet Alexis. I told him how much I enjoy reading his blog. Well, I read the entries that are in English - "Je suis dÃ©solÃ©, je parle seulement un petit puh franÃ§ais."
In the evening Ian Formanek and I attended a training class available to Sun employees who are speaking at the conference and then we had to go to our assigned room for a technical rehearsal. After that I stopped by a party and had a late supper.
So all in all, I saw only two technical sessions today. The first was "What's New in Eclipse? A Java Technology IDE and a Whole Lot More," presented by Mike Milinkovich and Bjorn Freeman-Benson. It was okay - both gentlemen are talented and engaging public speakers, so the time flew by. They covered a lot of ground so no topic got covered in great depth, but that was their intent. In other words, their presentation matched the abstract listed in the conference guide: their community, the Eclipse platform, the special projects, etc.
As a member of the NetBeans team, I was very interested in hearing answers to some of the audience's questions. The very first one was "Are there any plans to get Eclipse and NetBeans on the same track?" I'm not sure exactly what the questioner meant by "track," but I think it is safe to assume he had some sort of merger in mind. Mike Milinkovich had a one word answer: "No." The other question that was interesting was: "When will 3.1 ship?" The answer was a bit unclear - apparently it is due out any moment. Mike Milinkovich said they were going to call him on his cell phone as soon as the bits were posted.
The other session I attended was "Enterprise JavaBeans (EJB) 3.0," presented by Linda DeMichiel. This one was standing room only. I was lucky to find a spot where I could lean up against a wall. I am not an EJB expert and in fact am barely even a novice. But I've read quite a bit about it and have played around with some of the tools. The 3.0 specification certainly looks like a step in the right direction, but don't go by my opinion. Ms. DeMichiel is an excellent public speaker, but I'm still a little confused about the "interceptor" concept; a fully defined sample use case might have really helped me.