First, a couple of quick hits - EJB 3.0 support seems to clocking along - TopLink will support EJB 3.0 (sept/oct final?). Other vendors seem to be moving in the same direction. Based on the EJB 3.0 talks so far, it looks like some of the concerns from last year (e.g. annotations aren't the end-all-be-all, splitting the spec up to be more manageable) are now folded in. Still feels like a long wait, though.
As many of you are no doubt aware, JDeveloper is now officially free (as opposed to the previous free-to-download-and-use-forever-but-feel-guilty model). I talked to one of the
JDeveloper devs, he's got a nice blog.
In other news, it's very strange and quite nice to see so many old friends at the show. People move, get married, change jobs and lives. You don't really plan running into someone you haven't seen in five years, but these opportunities to catch up truly are the gems of the show.
Speaking of web frameworks, I've been thinking more about the JSF/JSP issue, and looking at the JSPs generated by the tools at the show I'm increasingly skeptical that anyone will ever want to deal with it. After I get back, I'll post examples of the generated JSP and a stack trace from an error and compare this to a similar situation from a Swing builder to drive and drive the point home. Many folks have already figured out that programming in XML is no fun (and indeed rather dangerous), but the mainstream web frameworks still seem to be sorting this out.
As a final note, the JSR 273 expert group will have a BOF session at JavaOne Wednesday evening at 10:30pm in the Mariott Hotel (Golden Gate C1). Needless to say, a 10:30 PM session will probably not exactly get a huge crowd, but I (and the rest of the expert group) would be delighted to get your feedback (esp. if you are a component developer).
It's been a busy week, and it's not over yet - if you're here, hope to see you around!