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JavaOne

It's the last day at JavaOne 2006. The Sun General Session just ended. I've still got a full day of technical sessions that I am looking forward to. Here is brief overview: Scott McNealy was in rare form in today's general session as he talked about his new post CEO life with a good dose of humor. And as we've all come to expect from Scott he had a top 10 list, this time "The 10 Best Things...
on May 19, 2006
Grid computing is getting a fair amount of press these days. Some of you may be familiar with Sun Grid and the compute-server project on java.net. In a technical session today, Van Simmons, Sean Merrit and James Gammill have contributed their own unique grid architecture and coining the term "Flash-Gridding" to describe it. They claim that grid computing, in general, is too difficult. The idea...
on May 18, 2006
Can you imagine a world in which everyone is wearing medical sensors? Where everyone is downloading 10 megs of medical data per day to some remote database. Where doctors can perform physicals without needing their patients to visit the office and researchers can spot medical trends such as flu outbreaks in real-time? Sound like science-fiction??? Well, of course, it is at the moment, but...
on May 17, 2006
It is only natural that from year to year different themes are emphasized at JavaOne. This year the slogan seems to be "For Everything that Matters". In the Sun General Session this morning Jonathan Schwartz and others placed an emphasis on "things that matter". Things that are important to Sun and the Java Community which it supports; and things that are important to the Java Community that...
on May 16, 2006
Happy NetBeans Day. Yesterday was Mother's day. I sent my mother a card. Today is NetBeans Day. I could not find any NetBeans Day cards anywhere. I think Hallmark might want to look into this. The first session hosted by Jonathan Schwartz at Net Beans Day was filled to capacity so much so that I could not get in. There were two rooms available and it would have been nice (and more comfortable...
on May 15, 2006
It's Net Bean Day Eve. JavaOne is upon us once more and I am looking forward to a week of learning, connecting with my fellow engineers, and hopefully being amazed on occasion. On Saturday I attended the java.net Community Leaders Meeting. Once a year just before JavaOne the leaders of various communities on java.net get together to discuss various ways in which to make java.net a better place...
on May 15, 2006
I've never attended a JavaOne conference where the final keynote has failed to pique my interest and this year is no exception. James Gosling always comes up with some interesting stuff. This year he featured the GUI builder (Matisse) that looks very slick; a mobile app development tool capable of debugging an app while it's running in the actual phone; and a small (40 pound) unmanned aircraft...
on Jun 30, 2005
I was sitting in the java.net booth waiting for the next presentation to begin when the person sitting in the next row turned around and gave me a look of recognition as if he knew me. I was quite certain I had never seen him before. "Hi", I said. "Still going...?", he asked. That was the title of my most recent blog on java.net and I finally understood where we had met before. He introduced...
on Jun 29, 2005
I really enjoyed the morning keynote today. Scott McNealy described "the digital divide" and how Sun is helping to bridge the gap. He talked about all the efforts to apply Java technology around world (both from within and outside of Sun) to improve quality of life in such areas as education and health care. By providing great opportunities for people outside the company to participate and...
on Jun 28, 2005
Always a lot of great information at the keynote. Lot's of talk about Sun's many new and (in some cases) improved tools. I must admit, I was drooling over the Sun Ultra 20 Workstation for only 29.95 a month (nobody said when the payments would end). Didn't manage to get a piece of the Java's birthday cake but it looked good. The march of the computer languages never stops. It appears that there...
on Jun 27, 2005
It's the day before the really big show - JavaOne 2005. I can feel the energy in the air, everyone is excited to see what this year's conference will bring. This year, I was invited to join the java.net Community Leaders in their first ever mind meld, aka the Community Leaders weekend. I spent the weekend at the Sun Microsystems office, listening to lots of really great ideas and meeting the...
on Jun 27, 2005
The last technical session I attended was about the role of Java in the Mars Exploration Rover mission. Java played a big part in the processing and display of images sent back to earth by Rover's cameras and sensors. One picture was shown of an object sitting in the middle of a Martian crater that looked suspiciously like a bunny rabbit. For some time the scientists puzzled over what it could it...
on Jul 1, 2004
Today I attended a very interesting presentation by Kevin MacDonald and Larry Mitchell on the use of Jini Network Technology in RFID applications. Goods are tagged and scanned as they move through the supply chain. Often many scans are performed on the same object, resulting in a very high volume of traffic. Kevin and Larry have found that Jini scales well to meet this challenge. This has been a...
on Jun 30, 2004
Brian Murphy gave an excellent presentation today on the latest and greatest advances added in the Jini 2 Starter Kit. One of the topics was about security features. There are many assumptions that developers of distributed applications make when first starting out. Peter Deutsch has identified 7 of these fatal assumptions in his now famous Eight Fallacies of Distributed Computing (James Gosling...
on Jun 29, 2004
After a three year hiatus I am once again in attendance at Java One. I am having the same problem this year that I had in years past. So many technologies, so little time. For a computer geek like myself, however, it's a great problem to have. I have decided at least to attend all the Jini technical sessions and BOFs. I used to work in the Jini group. It's great to catch up on what's new and...
on Jun 29, 2004