I covered Sun Tech Days in Milan Italy, September 26-28, 2007 for the java.sun.com site. The sessions were very good and the speakers very professional. Find out more about what I saw and heard by reading my Sun Tech Days in Milan Italy blog.
Last year I attended NetBeans Software day, a day that preceded the official opening of the 2006 JavaOne Conference. For that session, Sun booked a medium size meeting room in the Argent Hotel (now rebranded the Westin Hotel on Market Street) in San Francisco. When the attendees finished filing into that room it was full to overflowing.
I'm here with more than 500 other attendees at the 5th annual TheServerSide Java Symposium in Las Vegas. It's an easy trip from my house to the Venetian Hotel where the Symposium is happening. Yes, just like Penn and Teller, Wayne Newton, and a large number of exotic dancers who work at our many fine "Gentleman's Clubs," I live and work in Las Vegas.
This is my second blog entry from the ServerSide Java Symposium. In my first blog I ended with the statement that I've already learned a few things and hope to learn a lot more. Well I did. What I learned over the next few hours was that if you're going to do Ajax applications, you better have good tools.
It's Day 2 of TheServerSide Java Symposium. I attended two good technical sessions this morning -- one on the Tango project and the other on Project Dynamic Faces.
Karen Tegan Padir is Sun's Vice President of Enterprise Java Platforms. I've never heard her speak before today. That's a shame because I found her to be an engaging and enthusiastic speaker. In an interesting anecdote Karen underscored how far we've come in the Internet age. She recalled how excited she was when she first got the ability at Digital Equipment Corporation to send emails.
I had hoped to write a blog immediately after I attended last week's International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. I had also hoped to attend multiple days of the show. Neither happened.
"Someone said that Adaptive Path's most notable product is four letter words." That was one of the many interesting quotes that Jesse James Garrett, co-founder of the product and business design consultancy, Adaptive Path, sprinkled into his keynote "Where Ajax and RIA Trends Will Take Us" at the Web Builder 2.0 Conference.
So here I am at the Web Builder 2.0 Conference at Caesars Palace Hotel in Las Vegas. John Crupi, a former Sun guy and now the CTO of JackBe, alluded to the interesting circumstance of doing a technical conference in Las Vegas by asking how many folks in the audience were already hung over. Only one guy admitted to that.
I just came back from a panel discussion titled "Java Technology, AJAX, Web 2.0, and SOA".