so sun announced a few weeks ago a contest to find the top 25 java user groups in the world. i'm very excited about this announcement and have high hopes for my jug, the austin java users group (texas). we have a vibrant community that gets together monthly to attend technical talks, hold discussions on various technologies which usually last til midnight.
javaone to me has become more than attending a marathon of sessions from dusk to dawn. it's a forum for meeting with one's peer face to face, for discussions and exchange of information. i was pleasantly surprised to find out that finding someone among the crowd this year is not as difficult as it used to be.
Java Server Faces was highlighted in one of the keynote demos Monday morning. i had the feeling the technical session on JSF would be crowded. i didn't realize it would be full. is this a testament to the fact that web-based development is still very popular today? i ran into a friend (Keiron McKammon) on my way to hall E134. JavaOne this year feels a little more personal.
apologies for the late start. imho java.net is a great idea whose time has come. i'm excited to be a part of the java.net effort and to have been invited to blog alongside friends and acquaintances whom i greatly admire.