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JavaOne 2007 - Day 1

Posted by arungupta on May 8, 2007 at 12:52 PM PDT

John
Gage
kick started JavaOne 2007
this morning. He really explained the essence of JavaOne in 3 words "Don't be
shy". Over the next 81 (now 79 hours), there is an ocean of information
available in terms of
General
Sessions
,
Technical Sessions
,
Birds-of-Feather,
Pavilion, lunch
table discussions and many other opportunities to socialize and build the
community. He asked every one to behave as a Brazilian for next 81 hours, to go
out and embrace everybody.

New York Times
quote
about JavaOne this morning says "Internet connected multifunction devices". John
said this is the foundation of why you are here.

There was the usual drill of making all the attendees stand up and making
them sit by decreasing number years they've attended. This is my 9th year, and
it has been a fun journey so far!

Last year John said we'll make this year carbon-neutral. But it turned out to
be challenging to measure each water use, elevator use, mileage of the truck,
energy sources of the food we used etc, gas consumed by the flights taken by
each attendee and many other details. This is a challenge to the developer
community on how to measure all energy inputs & outputs.

John then invited
Rich Green,
Executive Vice President, Software, Sun Microsystems.

All through out, Rich's talk was focused on community and how it opens the
possibilities to change the world. According to him "Community is a fundamental
human property and Communication is a vehicle to build community". This is so
true. And going open source, communication is all the more important. And
Eduardo mentioned yesterday at the

GlassFish Day
, that going open has helped in better communication within
Sun.

Current state of Java platform is well reflected in these statistics:

6 M developers

5.5 B devices

2.5 M GlassFish

800M desktops

1.8B phones

11M televisions.

And it's accelerating with a faster pace.

The focus was then shifted to Java on the server-side. This was remarkable
year for GlassFish, Java on server
is stronger than ever. And Rich reiterated GlassFish V2 is the community,
reference, source code - all in one.

NetBeans 6 unlocks the potential of
developers, not just Java but JRuby and JavaScript. There is enormous momentum
over NetBeans, with 92% growth year-over-year.

Here are some interesting problems and solutions using Java discussed during
the keynote:

  • Anna Wing, CIO of NASDAQ shared that NASDAQ processes 150,378
    transactions per second (tps), 400 million tps/day, their system running on
    Java is considered the fastest in industry. They are working on the next
    generation of their platform using Real-Time Java to make this happen
    because of improved memory management, ease of migration and ability to
    react to unexpected events with predictability.
  • Dr Djibril Diallo, Director of
    UN for Sport for Development and Peace
    invited a team of 2 people from
    192 countries with support from Sun. He posed a challenge to connect all
    these people using different languages, different devices, different culture
    and varied backgrounds. Jonathan mentioned that following
    Doctors Without Borders,
    Sun is going to be working with UN to have "Engineers Without Borders". This
    is going to make simple connection between technical, business and economic
    leaders to make this happen.
  • Marco Boerries's, Senior Vice President of Yahoo, goal is to connect 500
    million users on the PC to the mobile device. They are using Java for
    creating this solution because that is the "obvious choice".

Here are the key new announcements made this morning:


  • OpenJDK is here!
    - Rich sent an

    email
    announcing the completion of open sourcing Java.

  • JavaFX
    - a new family of products, technologies, tools & forth coming
    open source programs focused on consumer devices. James Gosling explained
    this as a way to drive Swing and Graphics 2D in Java SE. Jonathan
    highlighted how this is an unplanned innovation when
    Chris Oliver invented it by
    himself. An addition to Sun's punchline "The Network is The Computer" is
    "The Network in Your Hand".
  • Sun
    Java System Communications Application Server
    - Ericsson and Sun to
    jointly develop an open source, Java technology-based communications
    application server as part of the GlassFish community.

  • Real-Time Java 2.0

It was a pleasure to see
Scott McNealy,
Chairman and Co-Founder, Sun Microsystems,
Chairman, Sun Federal. In
his characteristic style, he congratulated Rich on completing one year at Sun
and then called him as "Short-sleeve version of Steve Jobs". He talked about
Curriki.org,
derived from Curriculum + Wikipedia. It follows "No Parent Teacher Child held
back" to complement "No Child
Left Behind
". Go to the website, register, evangelize and donate to help
foster the community.

Get Involved, Contribute, Innovate!

And have a happy JavaOne!

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