JavaPolis -> Javoxx -> Devoxx
This morning I've been really surprised when I read the newsletter from Javoxx (former JavaPolis) and learnt that the belgian guys had to change again their name, because even Javoxx was a trademark problem for Sun lawyers.
Boys, this is unbelievable. The Antwerp conferences are one of the most important european events for the Java world (in my personal opinion they are the most important event) and this is a big benefit even for Sun itself, of course. Not forgetting that JavaOne is fantastic (but a lot of Europeans can't afford the expenses), yet many people prefer independent conferences for a number of reasons. I really appreciate a mix of the two genres, but I'd like to recall that the best JavaFX presentation I've seen so far (at J1) was done by Stephan Janssen, of JavaPolis fame. So Sun should take really care of that.
Instead, not only the guys had to give up with the JavaPolis brand, that was well estabilished, but even forced to another change on the fly, just a few months before the event (I understood that Sun offered some kind of agreement for the Javoxx name, but it implied some limitations, so the BeJUG preferred to accept more difficulties and preserve their complete freedom).
Sun, you know, I love you, but this time you deserve a big blame.
To sum up and avoid confusion:
- Devoxx is the new name of the former JavaPolis conference.
- If you live in Europe, you can't miss it. It's cheap and filled with great contents (it seems strange but BeJug is able to do this magic). Every year it gives a big push to my understanding of the technology and I have the chance of meeting a lot of great people. Probably most of the good things that happened to my professional life in the latest two years, including being member of the NetBeans Dream Team, have been triggered by attending JavaPolis.
- It is also fun and I'm told that Belgium offer great beer (I can't tell you this by myself as I don't drink beer).
- You can't miss it and should not book your attendance too late, as the event was sold out last year and it's likely to repeat its performance.
- So, I really hope to meet you in Antwerp in December.