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Conference Season

Posted by n_alex on May 21, 2004 at 12:02 PM PDT

Why on earth would I choose TechEd over JavaOne?

Well, I didn't exactly choose TechEd. It chose me. Or, rather, Microsoft did. They've invited me to come to the TechEd conference as their guest and as a community-minded Java evangelist sort of guy. Who could resist generosity like that? I think the Microsoft folks are hoping I'll find something on their side of the fence worth writing home about. And to be honest, I'm sort of hoping the same.

I'm not signing any NDAs while I'm there, and still refuse to install MS Office on my computer. But I am going to hang up my blinders for a week, and devote some serious attention to .NET technologies. If Scott McNealy can extend the olive branch, then I can too.

So, in short, expect some coverage from San Diego. Probably nothing earth-shaking, but you never know. I'll try to keep the topics pertinent to Java vs .NET, architectural styles, interesting patterns, Open Source potenials, integration points, common ground and the like. A few Java.NET fusion topics might give those of you who are going to JavaOne some helpful context.

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