Posted by editor
on January 8, 2014 at 5:56 PM PST
In my view, Parleys.com is a game changer in the world of technology communication. When I first started out as a technology blogger back in 2006 ("Web 2.0" was among the latest widely-discussed/debated topics back then), the world -- and the Web -- were changing rapidly. Actually, it's hard to remember a time in our lifetime when rapid technological change hasn't been the norm, isn't it?...
In my view, Parleys.com is a game changer in the world of technology communication. When I first started out as a technology blogger back in 2006 ("Web 2.0" was among the latest widely-discussed/debated topics back then), the world -- and the Web -- were changing rapidly. Actually, it's hard to remember a time in our lifetime when rapid technological change hasn't been the norm, isn't it?
In 2006, I'd say we were in what might be called the "Golden Age" of technology blogging. Seemingly everyone in technology who liked to talk and/or write had a blog, and Technorati.com would release quarterly reports about the State of the Blogosphere . A major part of my job at that time was attending conferences and writing near-real-time blogs about the events and sessions I attended. I was a technology reporter, tasked with conveying as much of the conference's content to the broader non-conference-attending populace as I possibly could.
This made selecting which sessions I'd attend a very difficult choice: attending a particular session meant missing all the other sessions that were happening at that time. Sometimes I'd select several simultaneously occurring sessions, and hop into each of them for some minutes, to try to get the gist of each presentation.
How different things are today! I love Parleys, for this reason. But, more, I love Parleys because the method of capturing sessions that they pioneered -- recording the audio, and presenting the slides and demos in sync with the audio -- enables developers who couldn't attend the conference (or attend those sessions) to receive the key knowledge that each session conveyed. Also, it lets conference attendees review even the sessions they attended, to go back and study in greater detail (you have the ability to pause and replay as suits your need) key moments of interest.
Quite a lot of JavaOne 2013 sessions are available on Parleys now. You can sort the presentations by Latest, Views, Title, Voting, and Comments. Sorting JavaOne 2013 by Views , as I write this we get the following Top 15 most viewed (on Parleys) JavaOne 2013 sessions:
- Adam Bien: Architechting Enterprise JavaFX 8 Applications - (12,165 views)
- Adam Bien: Demystifying Java EE - (8,650 views)
- Adam Bien: Lean and Opinionated Java EE Applications - (8444 views)
- Jonathan Fuerth and Christian Sadilek: Rich HTML5 Web Apps: Typesafe Edition - (5,712 views)
- Adam Bien: Unit Tests Don't Break: Stress Testing Java EE Applications - (5,633 views)
- James Weaver and Arun Gupta: Introduce Java Programming to Kids - (5,258 views)
- Arun Gupta and Lincoln Baxter III: Coding Java EE 7: Making Easy Even Easier - (4,739 views)
- Matt Raible: The Modern Java Web Developer - (3,940 views)
- Matt Raible and James Ward: Play Framework Versus Grails Smackdown - (3,766 views)
- Venkat Subramaniam: Ten Cool Things We Can Do with Popular JVM Languages - (3,580 views)
- Brian Goetz: Lambda: A Peek Under the Hood - (3,451 views)
- Antonio Goncalves and Arun Gupta: Fifty New Features of Java EE 7 in 50 Minutes - (3,295 views)
- James Ward: Web Fundamentals - (3,099 views)
- Arun Gupta and Antonio Goncalves: Come and Play! with Java EE 7 - (2,834 views)
- Trisha Gee: Design Is a Process, not an Artifact - (2,528 views)
Certainly, Java EE 7 presentations at JavaOne 2013 are getting lots of attention on Parleys. But then, is this a huge surprise, since the Java EE 7 release was probably by far the most significant Java-related release in 2013?
Or, perhaps this is simply a measure of there being many more developers who work on the enterprise side, when it comes to Java?
Anyway, if you weren't able to attend JavaOne 2013 (or if you did attend, but were unable to be simultaneously present in 25 different conference rooms spread across several different buildings), do consider participating in JavaOne 2013 via Parleys!
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