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Socialize, socialize, socialize--Learn and Teach

Posted by mortazavi on May 9, 2007 at 5:48 PM PDT

Remember: There were people far earlier than there was ever any technology. One comes way before the other, and the other has no meaning without the one.

What does that obvious fact tell you?

At JavaOne, where there are lots of technologies and lots of people around, the greatest learning happens through socialization with the people, the other participants, speakers, those working at the pods and everyone in the pavilion. I'm not kidding.

Every moment of the meeting can be used to learn something about doing software, and the companies, people and business behind it.

It won't be an exaggeration to say that you can pack six months or even one year of learning into one JavaOne conference, that is, if you use your time wisely and socialize to learn and to teach.

I certainly have learned a great deal in the last two days talking to folks from as diverse a set of companies as IIT, Summit Tech Communications, Nokia Siemens Networks, Nokia, Ericsson, O'Reilly, The World Bank, Zimbra, Hyperic, Funambol, Sun Java ME, Amobee, Terracotta, Jazillian and Oracle-Tangosol.

I even learned about Jazillian, Terracotta Inc. and World Bank IT department while waiting in line for a cappuccino on the show floor ...

It is that simple: Socialize, learn and teach! ... and don't forget to exchange your cards!

You'll find it a most rewarding experience, and it beats being alone and simply hopping from session to session ... The experts are all around you ... and while you're at it, don't forget visiting the Java DB pod. I think it is pod 973, in the Sun Microsystems corner of the pavilion.

Note that pods close Thursday, May 10th at 4:30.

... and ... if you're interested in capping this all with a game of soccer {football} just after the closure of this JavaOne 2007, see here.