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Too Much To See

Posted by gsporar on April 20, 2006 at 6:47 PM PDT

This came in an email from the JavaOne folks last week:

NEW FOR 2006!

You must use Schedule Builder to pre-enroll to ensure you get into your preferred sessions. It is one of the best ways to make the most of your Conference experience. Sessions fill up fast, so use Schedule Builder today!



Access Schedule Builder by clicking on the URL below. Enter your registration ID number (noted above) and your email address to log in.

URL: www.cplan.com/javaone2006/schedulebuilder



*IMPORTANT: YOU MUST ARRIVE BEFORE THE SESSION BEGINS TO SECURE YOUR SEAT.

Space may be limited, and empty seats will be given away three minutes prior to session start. Schedule Builder allows you to enroll in technical sessions and Hands-on-Labs only; attendees will be admitted to BOF and General Sessions on a first-come, first served basis....

I filed it away and didn't think much about it. But then the other day I read
a
blog entry
by

Yakov Fain
where he said that some of the sessions were already
full. Yikes.

So I spent a few minutes over each of the last few days trying to plot my
strategy. I suspect in the heat of the moment I will end up changing my mind at the last minute
and attending other sessions (if I can get in the door).
I finished up my schedule earlier today and it was tough to make some of the
decisions. To name just two examples (out of many):

  1. Tuesday at 2:00. I would really like to see
    Mastering Mustang and Developing Dolphin
    by
    Mark Reinhold
    .
    At that same time, however, is Ben Galbraith with

    Eight Ways to Be More Productive Developing Swing Applications
    . I'm interested in
    both topics. I've never met or even seen either speaker, but I enjoy their blogs. So
    which one to choose? I'm currently
    leaning toward Ben Galbraith's session, but that could change.

  2. Tuesday at 5:45. I want to see
    Large-Scale Client Deployment Using Javaâ„¢ Web Start Software
    . There has been plenty
    of pro and con about Java Web Start and this presentation is being done by Matthias
    Schorer, who apparently has had significant success using Java Web Start at
    Fiducia IT AG in Germany. Hans Muller went to a
    similar presentation
    last year and was impressed, so it looks interesting. But at that same time is

    Javaâ„¢ EE 5 Platform: Even Easier With Tools
    by
    Ludo Champenois
    and Pavel Buzek. I know
    both of these guys and they will do a good job. In addition, Pavel always answers my questions very
    patiently (even if they are dumb questions) and Ludo tolerates my lame attempts to speak French
    ("Je suis désolé, je parle seulement un petit puh français.").


    In the end this one was easy to decide. I can see Ludo and Pavel talk about powerful Java EE 5 development
    tools on May 15th at NetBeans Day
    San Francisco
    .
    The first four hundred people through the door will get a free copy of
    the
    NetBeans IDE Field Guide, 2nd Edition
    and a free USB drive. Seats are limited, so
    register now. The event
    is free and you do not have to be registered for JavaOne in order to attend.

The most entertaining part of the scheduling process was when I got to have a laugh at my own
absent-minded expense.
I was scrolling through the BOFs that are scheduled for Thursday night. I picked one for the 7:30 slot and
then started carefully reading through each entry in the 8:30 slot until I got to

Memory Leaks in Javaâ„¢ Technology-Based Applications: Different Tools for Different Types of Leaks
. Doh!
That's my BOF, so I can't really plan to attend anything else at 8:30 on Thursday. :-)