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Why Should I Bother Going To JavaOne 2007?

Posted by ronhitchens on May 7, 2007 at 2:45 PM PDT

I've attended every JavaOne since 2002, which makes this my sixth in a row. It was in 2002 that I wrote
Java NIO during that oddly quiet time following three roaring years of Internet frenzy. Java was king of the mountain and its future seemed brighter than ever. I was deep into Java and wasn't interested in anything else.

But 2002 was a year when many things changed. It was the year when it became clear that the Internet bubble had burst, that .NET became a credible threat, Sun started losing money big-time and the bottom fell out of the technical book market - especially Java books.

None of this was readily apparent at the time, of course. I had a great time at my first JavaOne. It's become a clich

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