By Jacob Kessler on Jan 14, 2009
Yes, yes, I know, JavaOne isn't until June 2nd. But, that means that things have to start being prepared for it. This year, I've been chosen (I think the actual word was "drafted" =) as one of the JavaOne paper reviewers.
I'm not unfamilier with JavaOne: my father has brought home a ton and a half of free stuff, given several talks at it, and generally given me a reasonable idea of what it is like, especially for someone who's never actually been to it. I tried to go once, but they wouldn't let me in since I was under 18 at the time (now I get to go feel young).
Reviewing papers for it, though, is quite different. The fun part is getting to see all the things that people think are interesting enough to warrent a talk at JavaOne. The not-so-fun part, which I haven't gotten to yet, is trying to take all of those and filter them down to the best of them for presentation. It's going to be quite the filter.
With luck, the BoF (sort of like a talk, but less formal) that I submitted will get accepted, and I'll get to go see what it's actually like. And given the number of interesting talks that I'm seeing in the review process, I'm sure I'll learn a lot too.