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JavaOne 2006 - The final session

Posted by sfharris on May 19, 2006 at 11:52 AM PDT

It's the last day at JavaOne 2006. The Sun General Session just ended. I've still got a full day of technical sessions that I am looking forward to.

Here is brief overview:

Scott McNealy was in rare form in today's general session as he talked about his new post CEO life with a good dose of humor. And as we've all come to expect from Scott he had a top 10 list, this time "The 10 Best Things About Not Being CEO".

Scott gave out some interesting statistics to illustrate just how Java has grown.

1.2 billion Java phones. (8 out of 10 phones now run Java).

Sony's Play Station 3 runs Java.

1.5 million Java Smart Cards.

100% brand recognition among IT.

and 5 million+ Java developers.

He referred to the "Participation Age" in which everyone is a content contributor and everyone and everything participates on the network. But he also reminded us that we need to do more to attempt to bring the benefits of technology to those who for various reasons are denied access. He referred to these people as being on the wrong side of the Digital Divide (a theme he talked about last year as well). As his new role as Chairman he is spending time talking with governments to determine how Sun can help to narrow the gap.

He encouraged us to make security of applications a top concern. He stated that his #1 concerns in his new role are security and privacy issues. He would like to see the Internet become a safer and more civil place. He asked us all to keep security in the forefront as we design and build networked applications.

James Gosling showcased a variety of technologies - demonstrating a new refactoring tool in NetBeans, some advanced mobile development, and new the next generation of the Java RTS (Real Time System). He also offered the audience a look into the internals of Tommy (the autonomous ground vehicle). In 2007 Tommy will participate in the Darpa Urban Challenge. This time it will be required to navigate through a city environment complete with other cars, traffic lights, traffic circles, etc. There was some question raised as to who would be driving the other cars??

John Gage closed out the session. He talked about how technology can be used to supply information in such a way that we quickly gain different perspectives on the World in which we live. Perspectives that would be difficult in the absence of information gather technologies.

Sometimes the perspectives can be disturbing as in the case of the website that collects data on health, income, and mortality. He encouraged everyone to visit and explore some of the graphics.

As always JavaOne is a very enjoyable experience for a Java geek like myself. I got to reconnect with a lot of old friends, learn about some new technologies, meet some new people, and in the process become more inspired to innovate.

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