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Blog Archive for editor during May 2006

Wow, I knew my Swing Hacks partners -- co-author Joshua Marinacci and contributor Romain Guy -- were destined for great things, so getting their demo in the JavaOne keynote is just par for the course. They've always blown me away with their ability to tie together the disparate parts of Java2D, the GlassPane, JOGL, etc., to achieve clever effects that you supposedly can't do with Swing. One of...
I thought the "fake wifi network so we can steal your passwords" schtick was played out two JavaOnes ago, nevertheless, here's what the air looked like in the Tuesday morning general session: Sigh. Who are these bottom-feeders, and how did they get into JavaOne?
For most people, today is Day One of JavaOne 2006, as it's the first day with technical sessions, general sessions (aka "keynotes"), the pavilion, BoF's, etc. That said, it's not technically the first day of JavaOne, as plenty of official activities were already underway yesterday, including the Java University and the Fireside Chat. Probably the most popular event yesterday, at least if our...
I spent part of yesterday afternoon at the java.net booth, helping set up for podcasting the mini-talks, which start today at 11. The booth arrangement is really nice this year: on one side, we have the kiosks for signage, literature, and computers, which allow community leads and project owners to show their stuff and meet with people. At the opposite side is the screen, speakers and podium for...
Sure, the official schedule says that JavaOne starts tomorrow, but for a lot of people, it's been JavaOne for a while now. On Saturday, we held our Community Leaders weekend in a Sun office on 1st and Howard in downtown San Francisco, about a mile from the Moscone Convention Center. The event was attended by about 20 people, mostly leaders of the various java.net communities, but also a few...
Last chance for pre-JavaOne releases Those recent RC's are turning in x.0 releases, as the big run up to JavaOne reaches its final hours. More and more people are already in the Bay Area for pre-J1 events, which is a pretty significant lead time considering the conference proper doesn't start until Tuesday. java.net's various community leaders will be gathering for the Community Leaders...
The long road to JavaOne 2006 Pardon your editor for still having travel on the brain, but getting to San Francisco for some internal O'Reilly editorial meetings in advance of JavaOne has been a... challenging experience. Thunderstorms hit Atlanta as I left for the airport, making my 45 minute drive a two-hour affair, complicated by the near-shutdown of the freeway near me, construction at...
How's your pre-JavaOne crunch? I'm getting on a plane to California in a few hours -- meetings at O'Reilly before JavaOne -- and I'm just slammed trying to keep up. At some point, I have to just give up, move stuff over to the laptop, and take it all with me, hoping I haven't forgotten anything. The baggage screeners in Atlanta are going to have a fun time with my suitcase: podcasting mic,...
Do you prefer to dig in or isolate? We were having a discussion the other day about different kinds of programmers and the materials that appeal to them, and someone pointed out the signficiant difference between the programmers who want to get their hands dirty at a low level, and those who want to program to higher-level abstractions. For example, you have the client-side Ajax developer...
Podcasting almost live from the java.net booth A while back, one of our to-do's in the infrastructure committee was to find a way to involve off-site members with our activities at JavaOne next week. After all, not everyone can afford (or get their company to spring for) the travel and cost of a JavaOne pass. Moreover, our nature as an open-source community doesn't always align with the...