Posted by editor
on March 5, 2007 at 8:00 AM PST
Some of the JavaOne speakers reveal themselves... also:
Weblogs: Joshua Marinacci and Tom Ball's JavaOne talks, and how open-source changes getting into the biz
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Some of the JavaOne speakers reveal themselves
In last Friday's blog , I wondered aloud why we hadn't heard of more people blogging about their JavaOne acceptances or rejections. That got a couple of approved speakers out of the woodwork, and we'll get to those in a minute.
But what about blogging about your talk that wasn't approved? Is that assumed to be sour grapes by its nature? I wouldn't assume that, not for a minute. There may be a great deal of value understanding where Java's going -- or at least where the JavaOne program committee thinks it's going -- based on what didn't get accepted. Are there old warhorses whose talks got turned down? That could be a sign that they've fallen out of favor. Or maybe the idea was good but the proposal wasn't? There's a certain "sell" you have to make with conference proposals, an understanding of how to appeal to the program committee. Surely there are talks that would have gotten a better reception from attendees than from the program committee.
And sometimes the program committee gets it wrong. Tapestry creator Howard Lewis Ship complained in his blog after getting turned down for OSCON 2006. His rejection was an oversight that was later corrected .
Finally, JavaOne isn't the only game in town. This week alone we have three smaller, focused Java conferences: EclipseCon, the Java Posse Roundup and Desktop Matters. Add to this the growing prominence of some of the larger JUG-hosted conferences, like JavaPolis and JavaZoom. Who knows... if you blog about your rejected JavaOne session and you get some good feedback, maybe that'll lead you to present it at one of these other conferences.
For what it's worth, Daniel Steinberg and I proposed a java.net BoF, like we do every year. And like every year, it was turned down. We also proposed one about the open source projects on java.net to the new Open Source track. That was turned down too. Happens to everybody.
Continuing on to today's Weblogs , we find a couple of speakers offering previews of their sessions. In
My Java One Talks , Joshua