In the last few months Sun has dropped a few bombshells. Sun has settled with Microsoft, changed strategy on hardware and announcing open source Solaris. What will Sun announce at JavaOne?
It's difficult finding time for lunch and vendors. There are always great products that I rarely notice in publications, or products that I haven't had time to review.
Talking to Sun engineers is always fun. Craig R. McClanahan was just one of the many engineers available in the Sun venue last year. Engineers like Kohsuke Kawaguchi were also accessible at the conference. Kohsuke works on the XML and its schema languages, and is a great person to talk to if you are into XML. His main work is seen in JAXB RI and RELAX NG. Additionally, Kohsuke is a member of the OASIS RELAX NG technical committee and W3C XML Schema working group. Kohsuke's home page has some useful Schema & RELAX NG tools and techniques
JavaOne has many things to offer. Even with the 8:30 a - midnight schedule, there just doesn't seem like enough time. Planning ahead can help. You can start at the JavaOne Catalog, or create a personalized schedule. There is also a JavaOne wiki. Hint: when trying to decide technical sessions, look at the speaker. The good sessions get locked out early. I showed up to a session 5 minutes early and the doors were already closed.
Missed them. Oh well, maybe I'll get invited this year. :-)