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Posted by editor on February 1, 2008 at 7:47 AM PST

JavaOne acceptances go out; OSCON deadline looms

Have you gotten your JavaOne session acceptance or rejection yet? Robert Cooper was asking me the other day if these had gone out, and I said I didn't know, particularly as I didn't submit anything this year. But now I see over on JavaLobby that they started getting acceptances and rejections last night. "The long awaited moment has arrived at last! Over the past hour or two, the rejection slips have been rolling in. Those who submitted proposals for doing presentations at JavaOne 2008 have received the "yay" or "nay" by this stage. How did you do? How many rejections did you get?"

One of the stated goals for this year's talk was to bring in a lot of talks about stuff that runs on the Java Virtual Machine, so it will be interesting to see if there are a lot of talks about JRuby, Groovy, Jython and the like.

Monday at midnight, PST is the deadline for the
O'Reilly Open Source Convention's Call for Papers. "Participants at the O'Reilly Open Source Convention want to hear about real-world scenarios using open source, ways they can be more productive or write better code, and what's new. Please submit original session and tutorial ideas that focus on hands-on instruction and real-world examples."

Java has a track of its own at OSCON, and certain Java topics might also fit into the Administration, Business, Databases, Mobile, and Web Application tracks.

Last year's OSCON had a number of sessions, and hopefully we'll see a good turnout this year as well. One thing I've heard from the back channel is that the "State of ____" or "____ Annual Update" talk is likely to be more or less automatically rejected, so speakers for long-running projects will want to look for an "angle", a "hook" to tell the program committee and attendees why their talk matters. Discussing this with Roger Brinkley a few weeks back, I suggested a good approach for the Mobile & Embedded community would be to show the practical results of open-sourcing Java ME: VMs for new devices, offshoot projects, etc. Similarly, an OpenJDK talk that focused on what the open-sourcing of Java SE has accomplished -- spawning significant independent projects like IcedTea and SoyLatte -- is the kind of thing that could win over the program committee. Disclosure: I'm on the OSCON program committee, but what I'm doing here is passing along the "buzz" from the committee mailing list, not my own preferences.

So, one conference mails out its responses while the next prepares to close its CFP and start going over the proposals. Another busy year in Java...

Hopefully, someone from Sun will be talking at OSCON about the company's $1 million Open Source Community Innovation Awards Program.
In Java Today, we link to another community participating in this program. The OpenJDK Community has posted details of its OpenJDK Community Innovators' Challenge and is welcoming proposals. "The OpenJDK Community and Sun Microsystems, Inc. are pleased to announce the OpenJDK Community Innovators' Challenge, a contest with up to $175,000 in awards, intended to encourage and reward developers working together in solving key problems, initiating new innovative projects that promote new uses for the code, developing curricula and training, and porting the OpenJDK code base to new platforms." Proposals can be submitted from now through March 2.

Patrick Gotthardt has announced a 1.1 beta release of the PgsLookAndFeel for Swing. "Today I have the pleasure of announcing the first beta version of PgsLookAndFeel 1.1. This release fixes numerous bugs that I fixed over the course of the last year or two and features some UI improvements that I have hacked together in the last 5 hours."

Somewhat inspired by the BD-J forum posts we've tracked this week, but surely more widely applicable throughout the development world, the latest Poll asks "would you develop applications for a closed platform?" Cast your vote on the front page, then visit the results page for current tallies and discussion.

In today's Weblogs, James Gosling throws his support behind one of the Java 7 proposals for
"There has been a lot of chatter about the closures proposal penned by Neal Gafter. And, in particular, whether or not I support it. I absolutely do."