(After the flurry of blogging last week at JavaOne, I've had to concentrate on work for a while. But I have a lot of notes from the conference that I'll continue to write about for a while.)
JavaOne is still going on for a few more hours, so a show wrap-up may be premature. But I have to leave early, so it's time to summarize my experience, at least.
The first conference I attended after getting my TiBook last year was O'Reilly's Open Source Convention, and I was amazed to see more Macs than any other kind of laptop there. JavaOne is a slightly different group of folks, of course, and I don't think Macs dominate here. But they're in the running. You see them everywhere you look, being used by attendees and presenters.
I've been anticipating this reaction. It was inevitable. But we're not blogging JavaOne because we're being told to. I, at least, am doing so because I'm here, it's fun, and -- most importantly -- I think java.net is important, and I'd like to help it get off to a good start.
The "opening act" for this morning's general session was Don McMillan, a self-described "Engineer/Comedian" who started things off with an insightful, funny, and wonderfully geeky act. (I especially liked his necktie with the periodic table of the elements ...
(This is a long blog entry ... you have been warned.)
Big conferences like JavaOne are always accompanied by the introduction of new books. This time's no exception.
I remember being at JavaOne in 1999 (I think) when I first heard the terms "J2SE", "J2EE", and "J2ME". I understood the reasoning for such a move, but at the same time I hoped they wouldn't go too far with the distinction.