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Java 7 and JavaFX 2.0 Virtual Developer Day Now Available on Demand

Posted by editor on June 2, 2012 at 1:34 PM PDT

In February, I reported on the half-day Java 7 and JavaFX 2.0 Virtual Developer Day that I had attended online earlier that day. The sessions from the online mini-conference are now available for download on demand.

The screenshot below is one of several I captured as I was attending Virtual Developer Day sessions. The session section of the screen showed slides, and the audio was the presenter's commentary related to the slides. In this regard, attending the Virtual Developer Day was similar to viewing a presentation on

There was, however, an important added benefit: since the event was taking place in real time, attendee interaction with the presenter was possible. As you can see on the right side of the screen, near the bottom, conference attendees could enter and submit text messages. Where appropriate, the moderator who was fielding the submitted texts organized them into questions that were relayed to the presenters as the session proceeded.

Experiencing the developer day live, I was impressed. I saw as many as 750 people connected to the sessions I attended, which were primarily the Java 7 sessions. Simon Ritter was the presenter for the Java 7 Technical Track. In my blog from that day, I noted:

Another thing that impressed me was the historical background that Simon brings into his discussions of new features in Java 7, and to JavaFX 2.0. He doesn't just state what's new, he goes back to how things were in the past, describes the problems that existed, then shows how the new language features solve the problem. The listener is left with a sense of the justification behind the latest Java 7 enhancements, the justifications for what's coming up in Java 8, the reasoning behind the abandonment of the JavaFX 1.3 scripting model and the redesign that led to JavaFX 2.0, etc.

If you weren't able to attend the Java 7 and JavaFX 2.0 Virtual Developer Days when they occurred, your opportunity to experience these excellent sessions on demand has arrived! Weblogs

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