This year's JavaOne has been a great time to catch up with people. It's been a busy week of sessions, BoFs, walking the show floor, and informal gatherings over a cup of coffee or a beer. With all that's going on here in San Francisco and elsewhere, the response to java.net has been amazing.
Brazil's contingent here at JavaOne has always been very visible. Some of the Brazilian attendees proudly wear their country's flag like a cape and they all cheer wildly when one of their members is recognized. I've been corresponding with Daniel de Oliviera, coordinator of the brasilia Java users group. Their JUG is the second largest in the world with more than 6300 members.
The most frequently cited quote at this year's JavaOne Conference is Bill Joy's statement that "Innovation happens elsewhere." The idea is a simple one. At the alumni fireside chat, Rob Gingell characterised it as meaning whatever you are doing, and no matter how many smart people are on your team,
there are always more smarter people elsewhere.
At last night's JavaOne Fireside chat James Gosling said "there were almost no original ideas in Java.
What were we thinking? Different people are bound to ask this with different tones and meanings. Richard Gabriel answers this question in his feature article A Vision for Java.net.