I went to JavaOne 2005, and my impressions back then were not very favorable. Much has changed since then (well, we still had a few cheap applauses at the opening keynote), and this year it has been a much more pleasurable experience. John Gage is a very engaging (pun intended) speaker (*), and he specifically asked each one of the attendees to have a list of 20 people you haven't known before by...
on May 13, 2007
Oh, well. What did we have?
A lot of supposedly cool stuff (even had an entire track for that), that wasn't anywhere near being usable, useful, or cool for that matter.
A lot of next-generation stuff, that will take at least 3-4 years to make its way into real-world enterprise applications (yes, it will take uncounted hundreds of millions of dollars for real systems to move from J2EE 1.3.1).
on Jul 2, 2005