Tuesday at OSCON
Tuesday morning I got up bright and early to attend Steve Chin's JavaFX 2.0 tutorial. I've known Steve for several years now, but this is the first time I've sat down in a tutorial/hands-on-lab kind of environment with him to work through a problem. I had a great time, and I learned a lot about the new features of JavaFX. I had tried playing with it a few years ago and ran away screaming. It is now a solid language that can deliver great results with a reasonable amount of effort. If you have any interest at all in JavaFX I highly encourage you to track him down at a JUG or a conference and let him show you the ropes.
Tuesday evening we packed up our business cards, stickers, and screen cleaners and headed out to the Expo reception. We spent an hour hanging out in the Oracle booth with a bunch of folks from MySQL, and Oracle Technology Network. I also had a chance to wander around and saw one of the most exciting new things this year - Greenlight for Girls! This week they are doing a "mission to Mars" project with thirty girls age 11 to 15 in the expo hall. On the first day they'll build the mars-scape, and the next day they'll program robots to navigate the terrain. I'm looking forward to watching that come together over the next couple of days.