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Posted by editor on February 28, 2007 at 11:00 AM PST

Two Java mini-conferences next week

At some point this week, I need to deal with packing for next week's Java Posse Roundup open space conference in Crested Butte, Colorado. The Posse has set "Java off the server" as their perferred topic and although and open-space conference could go whatever way the participants choose to take it, my expectation is that we'll get some interesting people shining a light on the user-facing side of Java, on the desktop, on the small device, on the phone, etc. A couple longtime friends will be there, including blogger Joshua Marinacci and GWT in Practice co-author Robert Cooper. I'm looking forward to digging into the topic of Java Media with Posse member Dick Wall, as we both have a long-standing and obvious interest in this topic. And Josh says he has a surprise for us.

And that's not the only GUI-oriented conference next week. On Thursday and Friday, the Wyndham San Jose will be the spot for Desktop Matters, the "Conference for Java Desktop Application Developers". Its list of prominent Java GUI expert speakers includes Chet Haase, Romain Guy, Kirill Grouchnikov and Ben Galbraith. Registration is still open for both conferences, by the way.

Maybe it's a bit unfortunate that these two desktop-skewing conferences are the same week, and thereby in an inadvertent competition for speakers and attendees, but on the other hand, the idea of multiple conferences sprouting up on this topic is itself an encouraging sign.

Speaking of Joshua