DEVOXX 2010 Wrap-Up; and, Conference Blogging Is Back!
Last year, I was Following the Tweets from DEVOXX, and finding that a difficult way to follow a conference you're not attending in person. But there was no choice, since so few people were writing blogs about the conference. It was as though Twitter had taken over the role formerly occupied by blogging in covering conferences. This troubled me immensely! At the time I wrote:
So, today, we publish in real time the notes we previously scribbled into notebooks as we attended conference sessions (at least, that's how I always did it). We publish those notes live, as the events are occuring -- rather than recording a day or half-day of notes, meditating briefly upon them, so as to gather some sense of the overriding import, then posting a blog based on the notes and the subsequent analysis.
But, if this year's DEVOXX is an accurate indicator, blogging at conferences is making a huge comeback. If you've followed the java.net home page this past week, you've seen a selection of great blog posts written from people attending DEVOXX 2010 every day (in the Java Today section). This year, people took the time to really report on what was happening at DEVOXX, took the time to analyze and assess, then took the time to write it all down so the rest of us, who couldn't attend DEVOXX, could get a real feel for the significant events that were happening at the conference.
Paris Apostolopoulos of Greece was one of the people who really brought the conference to those of us who weren't there, by posting a detailed daily account of the conference events he attended. I'm really glad he carried to DEVOXX this attitude and objective, which he expressed after a long first day at the conference:
Despite the fact that I feel a bit tired and brain drained - I am forcing my self to write the day's review so that friends, colleagues or anyone interested, especially back in Greece can read the post - early in the morning tomorrow while checking corporate email etc.
Now it's the weekend. DEVOXX 2010 is over, and pretty much everyone has gone home (except maybe for some people who decided to stay and see some of the beautiful sights in Antwerp over the weekend). But the end of DEVOXX hasn't meant an end of DEVOXX blogging. A slew of great new posts were published after I finalized Friday's java.net home page. So, below I provide links to a selection of the best of the (English-language) DEVOXX wrap-up posts.