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JavaOne Day One

Posted by turbogeek on June 29, 2004 at 1:18 AM PDT

I am at JavaOne, again! It is great to be a JavaOne Alumni, but it is interesting because of the changes we see from prior years. The Java 1.5 release is one of the bigger things to happen. Most of the conferences I have been to have had new version of Java, but this is a much bigger jump. Java has always suffered from a lack of templates and other syntactic sugar, but it is finally here.

JavaOne started this year with the big pizza and beer bash plus parties around the city. One thing that I have noticed is that I know a lot of people. It seems that every 10 steps I took, I met someone that knew who I was. From people at Java.net, jxta.org, to Sun, fellow authors, to former and current coworkers. There are thousands of people here, but how amazing is it that I know dozens of Java developers. Now that I think about it, I might know thousands. I meet new people every day here at JavaOne so I will know many more of you.

But if you are reading this blog and are at JavaOne, I want to meet you too. I'll be at the "Java Communities in Action" party/social/presentation at the Argent Hotel in room Metro3 (located at 50 Third street). The event starts at 6:00pm and there will be FREE FOOD & DRINKS(Beer, wine, etc). We will also give out some great prizes too. We will be meeting, greeting, and talking about the java.net communities. We will all be there from the java.net communities like games, jugs, and education, to the federated communities like jxta.org, jini.org, and netbeans.org.

New news on the java.net front. I just found out that we now have a Java/Mac community!!! I love my Macs and it is great that we now have a place to go to help Java developers integrate with all the cool Mac services like built-in spell check and many other features not found on windows boxes. There are also a couple of user interface issues that Java developers need to watch out for on the Mac and this community should help that out quite a bit.

I learned a lot of things today. I am ready to learn more tomorrow - well... today because it is already 1:15am! See you at the "Java Communities in Action" at the Argent Hotel and around JavaOne.