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JavaOne 2008 - some photos

Posted by johnsmart on May 9, 2008 at 3:41 AM PDT

This being my first JavaOne, I wanted to share a few photos to give readers some general impressions.

JavaOne takes place in the Moscone center in downtown San Francisco.

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Coming into JavaOne through the main hall...

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The first thing to say is that there are lots of people. Hmmm, I'm not sure I made that clear: there are lots of people.

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A typical session - this is Josh Bloch taking about Effective Java. This was a good talk, with some useful tips on how to use generics properly and some best practices for enums. Low level and very technical.(My phone may have Java on it, but it still takes crappy photos in a dim conference room):

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I don't know if I mentioned it, but at JavaOne, there are lots of people. I take my hat off to the people who hold the little round signs with the session numbers on them, to tell you where to line up for each session. Honestly I don't know how they do it. They just yell things like "Session 104 - just go down the corridor and snake around like an S, then back this way..." - it might not sound much, but I think it must take a lot of visual-spacial skill to get it right with multiple lines of several hundred people criss-crossing in a confined space.

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And the lines go on, and on, and on...

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And on...

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Oops, how did that photo slip in here ;-)? Seriously, this photo is actually the first time I've seen Java Power Tools on the shelves (I'm not counting Amazon, they were selling "New and Used copies" before I'd even got my copy!)

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What doesn't come across in the photos is the networking side of things. I've met up with heaps of people that I've only previously known through email, and, despite all the high tech stuff, nothing really does beat face-to-face communication.