Thursday, September 2, 2010

Building Anticipation for JavaOne 2010

In Excitement brewing for JavaOne 2010, with or without Google, Neil McAllister lists some reasons JavaOne 2010 "could be the platform's most significant conference ever."  There is, of course, the potential drama and controversy surrounding the recent Oracle/Google Android lawsuit, the announcement of Google withdrawing from participation in the event, and the wearing of slogan-bearing t-shirts.  However, there is also the potential to learn more about the future direction of the Java language, the Java platform, and the Java ecosystem.  Paul Krill has recently written a post on these subjects called Why the Java Frenzy Shouldn't Worry Anyone.  I personally have liked the focus on core Java topics at this year's event.  OTN Editor Justin Kestelyn called this a "return to purity" and this is what I prefer in software development conferences: deep technical insight into core subjects that I'm likely using or will use.

Terrence Barr writes in JavaOne 2010 Approaching Fast that "JavaOne is only a little more than two weeks away. Even though JavaOne is, for the first time this year, co-located with Oracle Develop, JavaOne is still very much an event in its own right."

The Java Community Process (JCP) Program Office has issued an invitation to activities related to the JCP.  These activities include two Birds of a Feather sessions called "Java ME Checkpoint: Current Status and Future Directions" and "Java Community Process: What You Like and What You Don't." It appears that both are being held at the same time on the date (7 pm on Tuesday, September 21).  The Activities at JavaOne post contains details about the activities at JavaOne being hosted in the Mason Street Tent.

The Eclipse Foundation is offering an opportunity to win a pass to JavaOne 2010.  To enter this raffle, submit a story of how you and/or your organization uses Eclipse by September 9.  See the related Wiki page for more details.

Students can obtain complimentary "Discover Passes" to JavaOne 2010 that allow them to attend sessions in the "Java Frontier track for students."  The Discover Pass sessions are described as "designed for those with some or no programming experience. Students with no programming experience will discover tools and projects related to programming."  "Qualifying students" get to attend the keynotes for the simultaneous conferences (JavaOne, Oracle Develop, and Oracle OpenWorld), the exhibition halls, and the Mason Street Tent.  Also, when space permits, the students with these passes can attend JavaOne and Oracle Develop technical sessions as well.  See the Calling All Student Developers: Get Into JavaOne and Oracle Developer for Free! post on the JavaOne conference blog for additional details on who qualifies and how to obtain this pass.

There has been some talk that JavaOne May be Dead, but as I started this post with, there is also talk that this could be one of the most momentous editions of JavaOne.

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