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JavaOne - my personal favorite sessions

Posted by johnsmart on June 10, 2009 at 8:33 PM PDT

As usual, JavaOne was a great networking opportunity, and I caught up with old friends, made new ones, and met up with people I had only ever known virtually. This year I was giving a session myself, so I didn't get to as many sessions as I would have liked to. However, I did attend a few gems. Here are some of them:

Neil Ford talked about a variety of unit testing tools in Unit Testing That Sucks Less: Small Things Make a Big Difference">, going from JUnit-based techniques such as Hamcrest asserts, MockRunner, and Groovy as a unit-testing language, through to more exotic tools such as Infinitest (which seems to have made a lot of progress since I last looked at it), Jester, and the intriguingly-named Spock (an interesting BDD Groovy-based framework with a very concise and expressive DSL).

Dave Klein spoke about Grails Integration Strategies, presenting an excellent case for the use of Grails in a broader enterprise context, and not just for small isolated and/or internal web applications. He showed a number of useful tricks such as how to configure a Grails app to talk to EJBs, to use JNDI resources, and to access legacy databases.

I also caught an interesting session from the guys at LinkedIn called JDBC? We Don