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Posted by editor on August 7, 2010 at 11:14 AM PDT

Conferences remained the top news topic on this past week. With JavaOne just coming up in six weeks, there is starting to be more and more to talk and write about. Other topics receiving considerable coverage included JavaEE / GlassFish and Java tools.

You'll notice a couple changes on the home page. We are now featuring two Spotlight items at a time, and we've moved them to the top right column. Another change starting this coming week is the poll: I'll be closing the old poll and opening the new poll on Monday. So, if you've got an idea for the next poll, you still have the weekend to get it to me.

If you didn't get a chance to visit on a daily basis in the past week, read on, and you'll find all of the week's Java Today news items, a selection of blog posts, and the week's spotlights and polls.

This week's index:

Conferences, JUG Meetings, Seminars

The JavaOne Conference blog presented Java Rock Stars - Part 1 (of 3):

We've been giving lots of blog space to the bands playing at the Oracle Appreciation Event. Parties are great (see you there!), but we know the real reason
you want to come to JavaOne: to learn and get deep technical info from the
real celebrities: the Java Rock Stars! We've
got over 30 Java Rock Stars returning for JavaOne 2010. These are the
folks that love Java, really know their stuff, and give fantastic
presentations. We'll do a three-part listing of returning Rock Stars
(in alphabetical order), below is part one. This is the real reason to come to JavaOne! ...

The JavaOne Conference Blog also reminded us there is One Week left to Win FREE JavaOne Full Conference Pass:

Doesn't have to be pretty, doesn't have to be fancy, just tell the community why you should get a FREE full conference pass to JavaOne.  So far no one has taken the be the first!!! Learn
more or submit Today!*
EXTRA Bonus (since Early Bird is officially over)- Everyone who submits a valid video entry will get a discount code for Early Bird pricing to use at time of registration for JavaOne and Oracle Develop. This is a savings of $400 or more over the onsite price! ...

Markus Eisele analyzed the JavaOne (and corollary conferences) schedule, and he's come up with a Java Enterprise Edition Schedule for @javaoneconf, @oracledevelop and @oracleopenworld:

Planning on my OOW/J1/OD trip is making progress. Blogger registration still not aproved and I am waiting for my flight confirmations, but I already found some time to browse through the Content Catalog and pick up some interesting sessions. At the moment I still have a comparable number of sessions in my interests as I have in my agenda. I did not check, if it is doable. You need to take into account that you have to move from one location to another. Switching from the Hilton to the Marriott in less than a minute probably will not work :) Therefore I have to adjust some slots on the following schedule. But it is, what I believe a very great Java Enterprise Edition Schedule...

Eduardo Pelegri-Llopart began planning a GlassFish Community Meeting During JavaOne:

We just got access to a room in Moscone West for a GlassFish community event in the spirit of the unconference we have done these last few years (2008, 2009).
The event would be the afternoon of the Sunday before J1, Sept 19th.  We are still working out how widely available can we make the event, but if you can certainly attend if have any pass for any of JavaOne, Oracle OpenWorld, or Oracle Develop..

Dustin Marx noted the increased JavaOne scheduling difficulty that's brought on by the Unconference at JavaOne 2010:

The Unconference concept has become very popular in recent years (Oracle offered its first OpenWorld Unconference at Oracle OpenWorld 2007).  The Unconferences for JavaOne 2010 and Oracle Develop 2010 are featured on this Wiki page.  There are numerous slots still available for anyone interested in organizing an Unconference topic, but several topics are already scheduled.  The Scheduled Sessions Descriptions page provides descriptions of a few of these. The Unconference sessions are being held in conjunction with JavaOne and Oracle Develop.  They will be held 20-23 September 2010...

Adam Bien pointed us to JUGs, Un-Workshops, No-Slides Sessions, Interactive Hackings... with Java EE 6 (the Lightweigt Stuff):

* JUG Darmstadt: Stop Talking, Start Hacking "Session" in Darmstadt (24.08.2010); * Java EE 6 Patterns, or one week Real World Java EE 6 in Hamburg (30.08-03.09.2010) - some places left - will take place; * I promised a talk at the JUG HH in between 30.0 - but the JUG guys seems to be on vacations. If you have another ideas for a JUG freestyle session in Hamburg in this period - let me know. In worst case we could occupy StarBucks :-) ...

Our second Spotlight this past week was the JavaOne Conference Blog's Java Rock Stars - Part 2 (of 3):

We've got over 30 Java Rock Stars returning for JavaOne 2010. These are the folks that love Java, really know their stuff, and give fantastic presentations. Here's the second third of our listing. To get the most out of JavaONE, make sure you attend some of these sessions. There's so much to learn from these rock stars!

Sonya Barry posted The better late than never OSCON blog:

I've been writing this one in my head for two weeks now. I went to Portland for the Community Leadership Summit (CLS) and OSCON and then have been too busy playing catch up to write about it. I had an amazing time at both events and definitely came away with more new information swimming in my head than from any other conferences I've been to combined.

JavaEE, GlassFish

Alexis Moussine-Pouchkine announced GlassFish 3.1 Milestone 3 - Admin console can now speak cluster!

The GlassFish admin console is often cited as one of the strong point for GlassFish. Yes, open source and ease-of-us can live happily together!
After delivering clustering and centralized admin features in Milestones 1 (post) and 2 (post) of the ongoing 3.1 work, it was time in Milestone 3 to deliver the first drop of a graphical user interface that is able to interact with these features. The following is a short screencast...

Adam Bien showed Why Stateful and Local Anti-Facades Are KISS:

The Gateway exposes rich and persistent domain objects directly to the presentation logic. Because the domain objects are well encapsulated already - it is rather an advantage, than a shortcoming. Because of simplicity and built-in aspects, an EJB 3.1 happens to be the simplest and leanest candidate for a Gateway implementation. Why local (to JSF 2, Wicket or a Fat Client)? ...

On JavaLobby, Andy Gibson showed How to do 10 Common Tasks in JSF 2.0: