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JavaOne

The title of this blog entry was dreamed up independently and before I read Dion's blog entry "The Network Is The Conference". I agree completely with Dion's entry, yet add that it really is bigger than simply the JavaOne conference. In fact, had we all gotten together in the same time-space without JavaOne going on, many of us might not have even noticed a difference. I am, however, very...
on Jul 3, 2004
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
At a previous job, we developed a Jini-based system to discover and expose whichever of our services were present on a customer's network. This led to a large Jini federation within the company's network, which led to problems as we hopped firewalls to remote points on the WAN. Complicating the matter was the network admins' all-too-typical Stalinist network policies, preferring to lock down...
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
There' s a free event for the Java Communities on Tuesday night too - 6-9pm in the Argent hotel, Metro 3 room. I gather there will be free food and drink to be consumed in the company of community representatives from each of the Java communities (java.net, JXTA, Jini and the JCP who I gather are the hosts) and that everyone is welcome.
on Jun 22, 2004
Got a Java blog? Come to the joint Java blogging community informal meet-up next Monday. Details at the Atlassian site, please blog that you're coming & trackback to http://confluence.atlassian.com/rpc/trackback/5369
on Jun 22, 2004
FYI, I have accepted a new position at Nokia running developer technical services and consultation for the Americas. More details are available from my personal blog. I intend to continue blogging wireless Java related tidbits on java.net as time permits, including resuming my monthly wireless highlights entries in the not too distant future. And if you're going to be at JavaOne, please consider...
on May 25, 2004
I've been going through the published slides from the JavaOne presentations, and I've already extracted the majority of the performance tips (here and here ). But there are other sessions that are interesting too, and one of those is on programming puzzlers. This is a really fun session, but if you (like me) didn't get to attend you don't have to miss out. The slides at http://servlet.java.sun...
on Jul 18, 2003
Monday Immediately after arriving to my hotel, I was wisked away to the top-secret war room where many of us set up the first pieces of Javapedia. In the evening I had dinner with the jGuru folks, including Tom Burns, John Mitchell, Alex Chaffee, and Ian Mcfarland (along with some others, please forgive me for leaving you out - let me know who I missed). My friends Jonathan Simon...
on Jun 24, 2003
This is a long blog (apologies, etc.) It turns out to be very difficult to blog at JavaOne. For me the main barrier is the lack of easy wireless acess in the General Session room, which I would like to see fixed for next year (I'm probably not alone). Wonder if its even possible to provide public wireless on a sufficient scale for the 15,000 or so people who watch the keynotes live? Well, the...
on Jun 17, 2003
Java One proves technology can be funny. The Scott McNealy keynote is always a highlight of Java One. This year, at Java One 2003, it was Salesforce.com that stole the show, and a lot of laughs. Following the McNealy keynote, Jonathan Schwartz, EVP of Software for Sun Microsystems, took the stage and brought up several partners for demos. I believe we will be talking about the Salesforce.com...
on Jun 16, 2003
JavaOne is still going on for a few more hours, so a show wrap-up may be premature. But I have to leave early, so it's time to summarize my experience, at least. This was my sixth JavaOne. I wasn't quite sure what to expect this year; I was afraid the conference would be a lot smaller, and that the energy might be low. I'm glad to say it was great. I heard from two sources that the...
on Jun 13, 2003
After a fun week in San Francisco for JavaOne, there's a group of us, including fellow Java.net bloggers Jason Hunter, Glenn Vanderburg, and Mike Clark are heading on to the next Java conference on the schedule: The Wisconsin Java Software Symposium, part of the No Fluff Just Stuff conference series. It'll be interesting to make the shift from the big conference where there's lots of people that...
on Jun 13, 2003
It is amazing what you can learn between the hours of 6:30 p.m. and 7:20 a.m. There is a lot of very valuable information that I wish Sun would capture at JavaOne and make it available through the same process as they do the presentations. I noticed alot of open slots for presentations on Friday. Whats up with that? There were a lot of good BOF's that would have benefitted the audience....
on Jun 13, 2003
Scott McNealy suggested, in his keynote this morning, that we replace the word "java" with "sex". What a great thing! Here are some links to get you started: http://sex.net/ http://sex.com/ I won't even begin to try all the various fun permutations that can be had with this one, but I'm sure the comments section will be quite interesting!
on Jun 13, 2003
Rewinding back to JavaOne2000, a few of us on the Swing team put together a session called "WebAwareWare" (forgive us, this predated "Web Services" as a household name). In the session we built a rich client version of a little web application called "Blogger", written by a couple guys at Pyra Software. When I first learned of "blogging", my first...
on Jun 13, 2003
I've found that one of my favorite places is the exhibitor floor. I've found that a lot of the information in sessions I'm able to find online or in books, but when it comes to rapidly learning about what's going on, nothing seems to beat the pavilion floor. (Exhibitor list). My first tip of the show to any and all exhibitors - if you make a "business integration solution," good luck. There...
on Jun 12, 2003
One of the surprising things about JavaOne for me this year is the amount of talk about Ant. Not the normal "Ant is cool" buzz that I hear (and which still amazes me), but a different kind of talk. There's talk of experimentation and trying out new things. And it all seems to be focusing on how to alleviate the burden that the decision to use XML as the Ant configuration format has...
on Jun 12, 2003