This Week: Jfokus 2012
Among the conferences I hope to attend some day is Jfokus, held annually in Stockholm, Sweden. In my view, Jfokus exemplifies an emerging trend where Java-centric conferences that originally started out as smaller, regional events ultimately attain international stature. It seems to me that conferences like Jfokus are increasingly taking on a greater role in helping developers network, exchange ideas, and learn more about the latest advances in Java technologies -- unlike in the past when JavaOne was the most important Java event by far.
Jfokus 2012 happens this week, Monday through Wednesday.
This is the sixth Jfokus. The first Jfokus in 2007 attracted more than 450 developers, virtually all from Sweden. The following year, the conference expanded to two days, and became more of an international affair, with 650 developers from Sweden, several other European countries, and even India, being in attendance. The conference continued to grow, moving to a larger venue starting in 2009.
This year's speakers roster includes many prominent Swedish developers, along with quite a few people from other countries. For example, Google's David Chandler will be presenting on the new Dart language; Markus Eisele, from Germany, will be presenting "Java 7 - State of the Enterprise"; Oracle's Arun Gupta will have several Java EE related presentations; Oracle's Michael Heinrichs will present "JavaFX 2.0 from a developer's perspective"; Fabiane Bizinella Nardon, of RBS in Brazil (and the Java.net Java Tools Community), will talk about "Zero Downtime Continuous Deployment of Java Web Applications"; Oracle's Dalibor Topic will talk about the OpenJDK... That just scratches the surface, really.
Monday is devoted to tutorials, with a 3.5 hour morning session and a 3.5 hour afternoon session (five different tutorials happening simultaneously). Tuesday opens with a keynote address, "Enterprise Java in 2012 and Beyond," presented by Juergen Hoeller of SpringSource. The remainder of the day consists of 50-minute sessions, followed by BOFs in the evening. Wednesday's schedule includes additional 50-minute sessions, followed by a closing keynote, "Cool Code," presented by Curbranlan's Kevlin Henney.
Update: Mattias Karlsson (@matkar) contacted me on Twitter with additional information about Jfokus: "Jfokus is a major international conference! 1450 visitors 2012." That, indeed, is a lot of growth in just five years since the first Jfokus in 2007. Mattias also points us to the video below, which gives us a bit of the feeling of what Jfokus 2011 was like:
Now I really wish I could be at Jfokus 2012!
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