Posted by joconner
on May 2, 2006 at 3:11 PM PDT
Schedule Builder is a new tool for planning your sessions at JavaOne.
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 you to an overflow area where you could usually view and hear the live session more comfortably in a less crowded and cooler room. No problemo.
The new Schedule Builder still lets you create a schedule...but some sessions show up as Full. That doesn't look good. Does that mean I can't attend? Does that mean I'll be rejected at the door when I walk up? The JavaOne organizers now have a way of knowing whether you signed up for a technical session or not, and seats are reserved for those who have pre-registered.
I wish there were more information about this...will there be overflow rooms or not? Can I just crowd into the back of the room like before? Probably not.... I suppose I'm ok with the idea of pre-registering. JavaOne organizers can plan space requirements, etc. However, I don't like seeing "Full" on a schedule suggesting that I won't be able to attend a session. I guess I prefer seeing "Full, but you can go to an overflow room instead." OK, you know what I mean, right? I want to know there's an option for me, not just that the room is full. Anyone know more details? Please comment if you know more.
In the meantime, if you plan on attending JavaOne, you need to get up to the new Schedule Builder pronto. Some sessions are filling up fast.