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Posted by editor on April 21, 2008 at 8:14 AM PDT

The conferences and unconferences of JavaOne week

There's the JavaOne conference, the topic-specific subconferences (NetBeans Day, etc.) that make up CommunityOne, and then there are the "unconferences" of J1 week. Chances are you've heard about unconferences, either in general or in the form of its best known examples: FOO Camp, the Java Posse Roundup, etc. The unconference format inverts the interaction concepts of the gathering: rather than a primarily one-way communication from speaker to audience, the unconference attendees talk amongst themselves, setting their own agenda and moving from session to session as their interest level dictates (see the "rule of two feet").

CommunityOne, on Monday, May 5, had already set aside one of its tracks for an unconference, hosted by analysts from RedMonk. A day earlier, the GlassFish community will have an opportunity to do the same.

The Aquarium is announcing a pre-JavaOne GlassFish Unconference. "If you have never attended an
this is your opportunity!
We are hosting one for the GlassFish
community the Sunday before
at the
( >map). The topics and speakers in an unconference are decided by the attendees themselves
(see the
Open Space principles).
The only thing you need to do now is to
go to the
Wiki page
and record your intent to attend and your topics of interest;
we already have 26 people."

Also in Java Today,
Kelly O' Hair discusses using a Mercurial "forest" of repositories and how changesets come out of that process in his new blog OpenJDK: Dude, Where's My Changeset? "Sometimes it's hard to find a changeset. Somewhat independent of the changesets flowing into the various team areas, the Release Engineering Team will use the Master area and attempt to create a promoted build, and if successful will create tags in the Master repositories to record what changesets were included in a promotion. Some people will find this whole process frustrating, but there are some big advantages. "

JT Harness, the general-purpose testing harness, has announced its 4.1.3 milestone release. This release supports JUnit tests and test suites, and includes numerous bug fixes. "JT Harness 4.1.3 provides complete backwards compatibility with previous releases of JT Harness, and JT Harness users will be able to easily migrate to this release. Additionally, the JT Harness 4.1.3 release (and subsequent releases) are covered under the GPL 2 license plus Classpath Exception." More details are available in the 4.1.3 README.

This week's Spotlight announces a tutorial and Q&A for new project owners, hosted by Collabnet on Thursday, April 24 at 8:00 AM Pacific Daylight Time (15:00 GMT). You can join the online meeting with WebEx, or just the teleconference by phone. Check out the info page for specific instructions, technical requirements, and assistance