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One nice thing about being around this stuff forever: You end up on all the interesting committees. I'm on the JavaOne Program Committee, which helps decide the content at JavaOne. Every year at JavaOne, we have the same problems - some talks are in big rooms, and you can hear the crickets chirp. Others are in medium (600 capacity) rooms, and there are people sitting on the floor - or worse,...
on May 5, 2006
Sitting here in the middle of the Mohave (I work remotely from Las Vegas) I'm starting to feel the beginning of a heat swell that will ultimately climb in June into the 110s. That's one of the reasons I'm looking forward to arriving at JavaOne and enjoying San Francisco's supercool breezes (O.K., it's damn cold). Another thing I'm looking forward to is picking up interesting quotes from some of...
on May 3, 2006
In the past, you could create an online schedule for JavaOne and attend those planned sessions...or not. You had the flexibility to attend what you planned or to go with the flow. And you were never completely turned away from a session. Sure, you might not get to see the session in the original room. Sometimes if you showed up a little late and the session was full, some nice person would direct...
on May 2, 2006
No JavaOne for me this year, and this will be first time in my professional career where I won't be wandering the caverns of Moscone and once again furitlessly searching for the Esplanade, Room 301 and the speaker ready room. I guess it means one less bean bag will be occupied. All signs seem to be pointing to a coming out party for Java EE 5, the nascent efforts of which, I recall very well back...
on May 1, 2006
JavaOne is 6 weeks away and I can see the momentum building up within Sun for the slideware, demoware, machines etc. As it gets closer, everything starts revolving around JavaOne. I've been involved with Project Tango since it's inception and here is the list of related technical sessions and BoFs that will be presented: Session # Title Speakers Location TS - 5540 Making Java
on Mar 31, 2006
JavaOne comes around May this year. The track category "Cool Stuff" promises to be innovative and eye-opening. You can check out the planned Cool Stuff sessions. Personally, I'm fascinated by what's going on in Java ME (or J2ME). So, the robotics sessions get high marks from me: Java
on Mar 16, 2006
Today's the last day to get the early bird alumni discount. So, I went over to to register. Problem 1: The price for a pass with the alumni discount is $1495. However, when you go through the registration process, it quotes you $1595 and asks for your credit card info. I called up the hotline, and the attendent told me that you put your CC info...
on Feb 15, 2006
And so, after months of dormancy, I resurrect this blog (and my personal blog, "Married... with children", too -- this entry is cross-posted there.) Why did it die? Pragmatic Ajax. I can assure you, all of us involved in authoring that little piece of sh^H^H, err, high-quality-Ajax-reference-material-available-soon-at-a-bookstore-near-you (did I just make a ^H joke?) have made blood oaths to talk...
on Feb 4, 2006
On Friday, January 20, I made a few Java developers very, very happy people. The Program Committee finalized their selections for the Technical Sessions for this year's JavaOne. We accepted 145 sessions (so far.) Additionally, 35 sessions were selected as alternates. I ended my week by sending out email notifications to those speakers, telling them the good news and setting in motion a...
on Jan 23, 2006
It isn't holiday excitement that I am experiencing right now, but the thrill of having nearly 1400 papers to review for the 2006 JavaOne Conference. You've heard of the "hockey stick" effect - the steep upturn in revenue or sales as a fiscal period nears a close? I've never witnessed anything quite like this. The Call for Papers opened on November 1, 2005. The deadline was November 30, 2005: one...
on Dec 7, 2005
(Cross-posted on Married... with children) There are two experiences in my life that caused me such embarassment that though years have passed, when I reflect back upon them for more than a few seconds, I find myself subconciously curling up into the fetal position with a pained expression burned into my face. These are not those experiences. But, they are experiences that were embarassing at the...
on Nov 19, 2005
Project Looking Glass must have a special appeal in Japan. Although the project gets plenty of attention in the U.S., it seems especially popular in Japan. This particular project is responsible for attracting standing-only crowds to at least two hands on labs, a couple sessions, and finally a late night Birds of a Feather (BOF). Thinking the crowds would be thinner, I attended the 8 PM BOF on...
on Nov 12, 2005
Hands on labs were quite popular at JavaOne Tokyo. This particular lab taught how to use EJB 3.0. Many of the labs were filled to capacity. Below, the instructor guides his class through a programming example: One of the most popular labs was for Project Looking Glass. In fact, the Project Looking Glass labs were so popular that they required not one but two separate sessions to handle all the...
on Nov 11, 2005
I just got off stage at JavaOne Japan, where I was talking about Open Source - the philosophy, the community, the reality. After the talk I was asked how important the union of open source and Java could be. I referred to Tim O'Reilly's Radar presentation at OSCON where he talked about the up-tick in Java books that happened at the end of 2005. He said: A lot of this growth spurt occurred shortly...
on Nov 9, 2005
I'll quickly jump to the most interesting part of the Keynote this morning (Nov 9), the special guests. The guests were Joshua Bloch and Neal Gafter. Not only has Joshua contributed great things directly to the Java language and platform, but he has become a respected author as well. Josh spoke about optical illusions and why we see them. He showed several optical illusion illustrations. He...
on Nov 9, 2005
On a recent trip to the restroom at the Tokyo International Forum, I was reminded about accessibility. Having been trained well (thanks Mom!), I always wash my hands after visiting the restroom for any reason. However, doing so in a public restroom is almost always frustrating because...well, I'm short and when I reach up to grab a paper towel, the water runs down my arms. No luck with air dryers...
on Nov 8, 2005
After the rather somber response to the keynotes this morning (Nov 8/Tokyo), I was pleasantly surprised to hear the impressed (but still rather quiet) oohs and aahs from the crowd as Hans Muller (left) and Scott Violet (right) wowed us with visual Swing demos. The session, entitled Extreme GUI Makeover, Episode 1: Lookin' Good was amazing. I realized that one's imagination is the only limiting...
on Nov 8, 2005
Java SE Roadmaps, John Pampuch John Pampuch, Director of Java SE Software engineering outlined some of his team's activities. Here are a few of his comments, summarized of course: Name simplification. The Java product names have been changing. The new names are simpler. In summary, Sun will remove the "2" from all names. J2SE will be Java SE, J2ME becomes Java ME, and J2EE will become Java EE....
on Nov 7, 2005
Just in time for the opening keynote, a Forum for JavaOne Tokyo 2005 is now available. Everyone is invited to contribute to the forum, whether you're attending in person or not. Go take a look, share a thought, ask a question, post an answer
on Nov 7, 2005