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Excitement in the Air for the CommunityOne Fair

Posted by qmahmoud on May 5, 2008 at 11:04 PM PDT

I am excited to be at JavaOne again this year, and I’ll be watching for interesting stuff around Java ME and Web Services. I arrived in San Francisco around noon and attended some of the afternoon sessions of CommunityOne – this year’s event is much bigger than the previous year and included many more concurrent sessions. Everyone seemed excited about this free and open developer event.

I missed the morning presentation (sorry Roger) on Java ME and the Mobile & Embedded Community projects. But it is unfortunate that this was the only Java ME presentation in the whole CommunityOne event. It is great to see that Java ME powers 8 out of 10 mobile devices, but as the mobile apps market becomes more competitive (hint: Android) Sun needs to do more to keep Java ME at its current level. While there are many interesting Java ME presentations part of JavaOne, CommunityOne is the free event and I think there should have been a full track on Java ME just like there were full tracks on OpenSolaris, GlassFish, Web Apps, and others.

I attended the JUGs (Java User Groups) session “Think Globally, Act Locally”. This is an interesting session and it is great to see everyone’s enthusiasm for this. There were JUG leaders from several groups in the US and Europe. It would have been nice to have more representatives from all over the world (e.g. Middle East) to get a better idea of what other JUGs are doing and what initiatives they have to recruit more members…but may be next year.

Overall, I have enjoyed the CommunityOne event which was concluded with a GREAT reception. Q.