ConFESS 2015 Wrap Up
Hard on the heels of JavaLand was ConFESS. This was the eighth installment of the conference that started life in 2008 as JSF Days, switching to the name "ConFESS" in 2011. The name stands for the "Conference for Enterprise Software Solutions". Last year, ConFESS was held as a partnership with JavaLand in Brühl Germany. Neither party was satisfied with how that...
on May 18, 2015
JavaLand 2015 Wrap Up
After months of preparation, it all came down to three days of intense execution, and I was just one speaker. I can only marvel at the logistical acumen that was on display from the JavaLand and DOAG team. I had an action packed agenda: two conference sessions, two Early Adopter's Area (EAA) session, and one training day session. Thrown into the mix were a couple 1:1...
on Mar 30, 2015
JavaLand 2015 Early Adopter's Area
With only 25 business days to go until JavaLand 2015, now's a good time to share the plans for the Early Adopter's area and Hackergarten. As at many other Java community conferences, this is a space where anyone can visit and meet with leaders of different parts of the Java ecosystem to see first hand what's new in their own little patch of the Java world. The...
on Feb 16, 2015
JavaLand 2015 Conference Picks
With only 44 business days to go until JavaLand 2015, I’d like to share my conference picks. I’m including my sessions for completeness, and naturally I recommend you attend them, but I’ll also include an alternate that I’d attend if I wasn’t speaking at that time.
Tuesday, 24 March 2015
0900, Wintergarden, Welcome Keynote: 20 Years...
on Jan 16, 2015
With all of my formal JavaOne conference obligations satisfied, day four was dedicated to listening. Another day, another hotel. The community keynote had a little bit of everything and was in the San Francisco Marriott, bringing to four the total number of separate buildings I had to visit for JavaOne. The complete keynote is available at Oracle. The room was full, and Intel VP Michael...
on Oct 28, 2014
The flow of my JavaOne 2014 experience had each day getting progressively less demanding. Day zero was an eight hour class. Day one was booth duty, a session , EG meeting, and a BOF. By day two, Tuesday, my involvement had reduced to presenting one session, participating in the Hackergarten and meet the experts areas, and a panel discussion.
The day began by co-presenting a session with Heather...
on Oct 9, 2014
Update 1: added content about Greg Wilkin's Async IO session.
The first real day of the conference began with session one of two obligatory Oracle booth duty assignments. Our booth had two foci: showing off Java EE 7 using the Cargo Tracker Blueprints Application and providing insight into our plans for Java EE 8. To spice things up a bit and perhaps draw some people in, I brought along my kit-...
on Oct 7, 2014
I estimate that this is my 15th or 16th JavaOne. I started in 1998 or 1999 and missed 2003 due to the birth of my first son. Aside from that, I haven't missed one since. I consider myself very blessed to have taken a small part in such a long and fun ride. To add blessing on top of blessing, this is the fourh JavaOne at which I have had the honor to teach a class at Java University. My good...
on Sep 28, 2014
In an earlier blog entry I listed my picks for DevNexus 2014. This blog entry summarizes my notes from this show.
I corroborate the common wisdom about DevNexus being a very well run show. This was my first time presenting and I found the talk selection on the first day to have the right mix of diversity and depth for the working developer. The second day was much less compelling for me,...
on Jul 7, 2014
I've been blessed with the opportunity to speak at DevNexus 2014. This is my first time speaking at a DevNexus event and I'm excited at the opportunity to meet and learn from many top-name speakers currently practicing today. As I planned out my time here are the sessions I've added to my calendar.
Day 1: Monday 24 February
09:00 Welcome and Sven Peters Keynote, Hall A
From the buzz around...
on Feb 18, 2014
My JavaOne 2013: Wrapup
This blog entry summarizes my session participation at JavaOne 2013. I plan to update this entry with links to the content on Parleys.com as it becomes available.
Sessions I Attended
In general, speaking more than listening is a very bad way to live. I find this holds true at conferences as well. Here are the sessions I attended. I attended eight and presented six, so I...
on Oct 1, 2013
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Sunday, October 2
on Sep 28, 2011
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on Jun 14, 2011
It's hard to know the exact numbers, but I'll venture a guess that well over half of the JSF sites that exist in the world are running Oracle's Mojarra implementation of the JSF spec. Did you know that this implemention is the first large part of JavaEE (then J2EE) to be open-sourced, way back in 2004? As with any decent open source project, we have public continuous integration, a public...
on May 19, 2011
About three weeks ago, I called for the community to submit entries for a contest to design a logo for the JSF specification. Sixteen different individuals submitted 32 entries. Thank you very much for contributing!
Per the recommendation of Arun Gupta and Imre Oßwald, I used a web voting platform to determine the winner, and here it is.
I would have uploaded it to the Official Homepage...
on May 11, 2011
About two weeks ago, I called for the community to submit entries for a contest to design a logo for the JSF specification. Sixteen different individuals submitted 32 entries. Thank you very much for contributing!
I happen to believe that Instant Runoff Voting (or a similar method) is the last best hope to save representative democracy in America, so I decided to use a very nice and simple web-...
on May 5, 2011
Last week, I sent a code review request to the Mojarra dev list. As you can see, no-one responded, but when a good friend and longtime Mojarra comitter (the winner of this contest) popped into the JSF IRC chat room, I asked him to review the changebundle.
We played IM tag for a while and when he finally caught me he brought a potential issue to my attention. The issue hinges on the answer to...
on Dec 9, 2010
My last blog
entry about JSR-314-OPEN@JCP.ORG was over a year ago. This list is the official Expert Group (EG) mailing list on which the development of the JSR-314 specification (JSF 2.0) is discussed. The
information on how to subscribe/unsubscribe to this list changed in June
2010, but I haven't updated any existing information or blogged any new
information about it. This is the overdue...
on Mar 19, 2010
In November, Servlet 3.0
Specification Lead Rajiv Mordani, and I started providing technical
advice to the team at Sun developing the successor to the Sun
Certified Web Component (SCWD) certification exam. This new exam
covers Java EE 6, including JSF 2. All this week, the work will
continue in the form of an offsite workshop at the
To help ensure the highest quality exam possible (and...
on Dec 18, 2009
Back in August, I had a contest to write an XSLT
stylesheet to format the java.net issues. I did announce the
winner, but I didn't share the software. Here it is.
Format your java.net issues as XML, save it to a file.
In the same directory as the saved XML file, download
jar file, and this
Run java -jar jevelopersCSunXSLT.jar <xml source file>...
on Feb 4, 2009