Interestingly, in many of my JavaOnes, this was the first time
I attended the chat. I was disappointed that there was no fire anywhere.
However, the energy level was very high and I enjoyed the discussions.
The JavaOne Alumni is a very robust and influential community.
Of all the questions, the one that struck me most, was the
intertwining of Java and the C/C++ language.
After switching over to a computer job after an undergrad degree in Mechanical engineering, it sorta felt strange not to see any moving parts in whatever I was
building or help build. The closest that comes to looking under the hood of a
software system is to look at the code, study the code, modify the code and
watch the modified movement.
The Chinese Government is insisting that wi-fi chipmakers must bundle a properiatary encryption software not only to make the chips in China but also to be able to sell units made of these chips to the Chinese market. This piece of software has not undergone public scrutiny and select companies within China have special access to it.