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JavaOne

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
Follow up to the scripting languages JSR-223... I must emphasize my dissatisfaction with the web-only nature of the scripting language support initiative. One of the biggest issues I have with JSP is that it is intimately tied to the HTTP request and response. Velocity comes to the rescue (and I'm sure there are other alternatives - please add them to the comments below). Once upon a time the...
on Jun 12, 2003
The first conference I attended after getting my TiBook last year was O'Reilly's Open Source Convention, and I was amazed to see more Macs than any other kind of laptop there. JavaOne is a slightly different group of folks, of course, and I don't think Macs dominate here. But they're in the running. You see them everywhere you look, being used by attendees and presenters. James Gosling is...
on Jun 12, 2003
Well, as I mentioned before, there's some weird scheduling going on. I got up this morning expecting to go to a couple of performance talks but both of them overflowed in a big way. What a waste! Once again I'll suggest that Sun should make these sessions available online for free.
on Jun 12, 2003
I've been anticipating this reaction. It was inevitable. But we're not blogging JavaOne because we're being told to. I, at least, am doing so because I'm here, it's fun, and -- most importantly -- I think java.net is important, and I'd like to help it get off to a good start. Communities are built by the inhabitants. You can't just decide to go build a thriving, vital community. But that...
on Jun 11, 2003
I went to Joshua Bloch's and Neal Gafter's More Programming Puzzlers session. It was fantastic! I won't embarrass myself with how many of the ten puzzlers I got wrong. One piece of advice Bloch gave was to "copy-and-paste" declarations to avoid issues with mis-overridden methods like this:     public class Name {        public boolean equals(...
on Jun 11, 2003
One of the interesting things for me about the Java.net experiment so far has been checking out the reactions from the blogosphere that I navigate through every day. Ted Leung posts: "A shared CVS repository, wiki's and a bunch of weblogs do not a community make. Sun might be able to get bunches of communities around individual projects, but growing a community across projects takes time...
on Jun 11, 2003
Okay, James breaks the spell, as always: Someone who isn't a major Sun partner gets up on the stage.... Three someones. But don't do this to us next time. So much stuff up front put James really late. And James is the most interesting. I'm watchin people drift out, and the hall is getting to be emptier, but that's because this has been going as a single session for 2.5 hours so far, and...
on Jun 11, 2003
Okay, they found a funny engineer. How likely was that? The announcement of HP's agreement to put Java on all their Windows boxes is both cool and nearly predictable. Disk space is free, after all. Someone was going to decide that the "value add" of putting Java in the box was worth the small incremental cost. (By the way, didn't Jonathan Schwartz say Dell make it so all their boxes "can"...
on Jun 11, 2003
The "opening act" for this morning's general session was Don McMillan, a self-described "Engineer/Comedian" who started things off with an insightful, funny, and wonderfully geeky act. (I especially liked his necktie with the periodic table of the elements ... I need to get one for my friend Greg Vaughn, who sometimes wears a periodic table t-shirt -- complete with radioactive elements that...
on Jun 11, 2003
The excitment about JavaOne has been building for a while. It was great to get back out here and see alot of old friends and make new ones. I am the kind of person who loves to go from sun up to sun down. Yesterday started with keynotes early in the morning and continued to well past midnight. Lots of good stuff. What is so much fun is that you can learn as much sitting at a table on a...
on Jun 11, 2003
Mike Cannon-Brookes says that Java.net wasn't really launched today because it's not linked in from java.sun.com. Well, even though Java.net was launched today (albeit with no mention of the weblogs section of the site at the keynote), Mike does make the excellent observation that there isn't a link from java.sun.com to Java.net. Which is very odd indeed. And looking a bit deeper, it appears...
on Jun 11, 2003
Matt Raible (whose blog I read) has a few questions about the Java.net blogs. Here are some answers: Is the content moderated? Nope. At least not under normal circumstances. If one of us said something libelous, then moderation would probably kick in. But until we hit that point, we should be free from moderation. Daniel Steinberg, the Editor-in-Chief of the site, wants to take a very hands...
on Jun 11, 2003
The new Java logo was one of the new big announcements at the keynote this morning for those that are less observant and didn't notice the new design all around Moscone. I like the new clean design. It will certainly scale better for small devices as well as look better on different colored backgrounds. I was expecting a bigger change given the secrecy behind the announcements but in a way I'm...
on Jun 10, 2003
One of the perks of working on JavaOne is sitting up front in the General Sessions. Its a two-edged sword, tho', because if you need to get up to go to the bathroom everybody KNOWS you've left your seat. I'm sitting in the 2nd row center, sort of behind John Fowler and a whole row of folks with flesh-colored microphones pasted to their ears. The guy immediately in front of me however is...
on Jun 10, 2003
For the first technical session I tried to see Doug Lea talk about concurrency utilities. He's the guy behind the famed util.concurrent library and a good speaker to boot. But when I got there, the doors were shut with a sign "Session Full". Even when someone left they wouldn't let anyone new in. So I wandered by the JavaServer Faces talk. Wouldn't ya know, it has a "Session Full" sign too...
on Jun 10, 2003
The morning keynote is done and over with. There wasn't a lot there that stuck with me, but then, it's the non-technical keynote. So what did stick? Two things. One was the best line of the keynote when Jonathan Schwartz said, "The lawyers work for me." Man, I hope that's really true and not a joke. One of the biggest complaints I hear about Sun is that it seems that the lawyers are in...
on Jun 10, 2003
I remember being at JavaOne in 1999 (I think) when I first heard the terms "J2SE", "J2EE", and "J2ME". I understood the reasoning for such a move, but at the same time I hoped they wouldn't go too far with the distinction. It was both amusing and refreshing to hear Jonathan Schwartz acknowledge in this morning's keynote that Sun has been guilty of pushing multiple, separate platforms rather...
on Jun 10, 2003
Writing demos can be a great deal of fun. It's an opportunity to be creative with the technology and simply let your imagination go wild. I also like be able to experiment and poke around with technologies that I wouldn't normally get a chance to. The only part that I dread is the one that I have absolutely no control over. Even if I'm building the demo at midnight the night before I still...
on Jun 10, 2003