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JavaOne

JavaOne is still going on for a few more hours, so a show wrap-up may be premature. But I have to leave early, so it's time to summarize my experience, at least. This was my sixth JavaOne. I wasn't quite sure what to expect this year; I was afraid the conference would be a lot smaller, and that the energy might be low. I'm glad to say it was great. I heard from two sources that the...
on Jun 13, 2003
After a fun week in San Francisco for JavaOne, there's a group of us, including fellow Java.net bloggers Jason Hunter, Glenn Vanderburg, and Mike Clark are heading on to the next Java conference on the schedule: The Wisconsin Java Software Symposium, part of the No Fluff Just Stuff conference series. It'll be interesting to make the shift from the big conference where there's lots of people that...
on Jun 13, 2003
It is amazing what you can learn between the hours of 6:30 p.m. and 7:20 a.m. There is a lot of very valuable information that I wish Sun would capture at JavaOne and make it available through the same process as they do the presentations. I noticed alot of open slots for presentations on Friday. Whats up with that? There were a lot of good BOF's that would have benefitted the audience....
on Jun 13, 2003
Scott McNealy suggested, in his keynote this morning, that we replace the word "java" with "sex". What a great thing! Here are some links to get you started: http://sex.net/ http://sex.com/ I won't even begin to try all the various fun permutations that can be had with this one, but I'm sure the comments section will be quite interesting!
on Jun 13, 2003
Rewinding back to JavaOne2000, a few of us on the Swing team put together a session called "WebAwareWare" (forgive us, this predated "Web Services" as a household name). In the session we built a rich client version of a little web application called "Blogger", written by a couple guys at Pyra Software. When I first learned of "blogging", my first...
on Jun 13, 2003
I've found that one of my favorite places is the exhibitor floor. I've found that a lot of the information in sessions I'm able to find online or in books, but when it comes to rapidly learning about what's going on, nothing seems to beat the pavilion floor. (Exhibitor list). My first tip of the show to any and all exhibitors - if you make a "business integration solution," good luck. There...
on Jun 12, 2003
One of the surprising things about JavaOne for me this year is the amount of talk about Ant. Not the normal "Ant is cool" buzz that I hear (and which still amazes me), but a different kind of talk. There's talk of experimentation and trying out new things. And it all seems to be focusing on how to alleviate the burden that the decision to use XML as the Ant configuration format has...
on Jun 12, 2003
Follow up to the scripting languages JSR-223... I must emphasize my dissatisfaction with the web-only nature of the scripting language support initiative. One of the biggest issues I have with JSP is that it is intimately tied to the HTTP request and response. Velocity comes to the rescue (and I'm sure there are other alternatives - please add them to the comments below). Once upon a time the...
on Jun 12, 2003
The first conference I attended after getting my TiBook last year was O'Reilly's Open Source Convention, and I was amazed to see more Macs than any other kind of laptop there. JavaOne is a slightly different group of folks, of course, and I don't think Macs dominate here. But they're in the running. You see them everywhere you look, being used by attendees and presenters. James Gosling is...
on Jun 12, 2003
Well, as I mentioned before, there's some weird scheduling going on. I got up this morning expecting to go to a couple of performance talks but both of them overflowed in a big way. What a waste! Once again I'll suggest that Sun should make these sessions available online for free.
on Jun 12, 2003

Community

I've been hunting around all week for some clear idea of exactly how many people have attended this year's JavaOne show. In contrast to last year, there wasn't even very much gossip floating around about the attendence numbers. Well, Sun hasn't stated any official numbers that I've been able to find. However, in snooping around, I've found out that the attendence number is around 12,000. That'...
on Jun 13, 2003
I've seen a few people commenting on the new java.xxx URLs - Paul and Bertrand, for example. The java.com site is target for some misunderstanding (some of it great fun!). Rafe Colburn for example says: Maybe I'm just naive, but I'm convinced that there is little overlap between people who care about Java and people who want a virtual Christina Aguilera on their mobile phone. But I'm afraid I don...
on Jun 13, 2003
I mentioned An Independent Look At the Java Community ProcessSM Program in my first java.net blog entry. The original title was "JCP Better than Open Source?" so you might imagine my expectation for fireworks at the session. Well, first off, the turnout was pathetic. Seems to me like the piss poor voter turnout thing. Of course, those folks still like to bitch. Sigh. Frank Sommers was allowed...
on Jun 12, 2003
Most of the reaction on the street to people I have talked to about the blogs has been encouraging, but at times I have heard some mixed reaction to the blogs. Things like maybe too little too late .... I think this is a bold step by Sun and I for one am going to support it. No doubt everyone would have wished it woule have occurred sooner. Regardless of when, it is here now and it is up...
on Jun 12, 2003
As I've been walking around, sitting in sessions, and generally being a nuisance, I've been struck by the fact that there seems to be a noticeably larger percentage of female developers at the show than in previous years. Yes, this could be explained by the fact that there are fewer total people here this year so perhaps it's just more striking to my less saturated brain but.... What about in...
on Jun 12, 2003
What's up with all of the paranoia from open source advocates w.r.t. java.net? Hello?!? A key part of the whole point of open source is that competition is a good thing. Support the stuff that you like and don't support that you don't like. If there's no acceptable alternative to something that you don't like, make one!
on Jun 12, 2003
I came to JavaOne looking for community. I found one, but it much different than the one I'm used to observing in the open source world. You see, here, there are barbarians at the gate. Let me start by handing some kudos out. There is seriously cool voodoo being worked here. Some of the projects/code/goals that I've seen here are mind blowing and innovative. Something that I don't usually see...
on Jun 12, 2003

Web Services and XML

The JMX framework and Web Services are a great fit. If you are facing web service management challenges like: remote maangement across enterprise boundaries remote maangement across enterprise boundaries disparate web service platforms different levels of Quality of Service secure access managing web service aggregates and looking for a solution then JMX should be part of existing solution...
on Jun 13, 2003

J2EE

FTPOnline has a report on the J2EE Roundtable held on Monday.
on Jun 12, 2003

Business

Dan mentioned the first use at this conference of Bill Joy's, "Innovation happens elsewhere" second-hand quote. Now, that's the fine and dandy sound bite but... Innovation happens everywhere. That's the nature of life. Alas, it just so happens that it often gets ignored or otherwise overrun by various kinds of steamrollers.
on Jun 12, 2003