The 2008 JavaOne Conference: For New Developers

by Dana Nourie

The 2008 JavaOne Conference, with events from May 5 to 9 in San Francisco, California, is a great place for new developers to learn about many Java technologies and see how these technologies fit together. In addition, you can learn about other technologies and scripting languages, such as Ruby and Groovy.

The conference kicks off on Monday, May 5, with Java University, which consists of classes you can take to learn how to program for the Java platform and how to incorporate other technologies and use tools, such as the NetBeans IDE.

The rest of the week is filled with technical sessions that last about one hour each and that cover many different topics. In addition, the JavaOne conference also has Birds-of-a-Feather (BOF) sessions where you can hear what fellow developers think, what they're doing professionally, and where they want to see technologies go. It's a week jam-packed with technical how-to and information that can be hard to find elsewhere.

This year, Sun will allow some student developers to attend the JavaOne conference for free!

Recommended sessions for students include the following:

Session ID Session Title Speaker Name and Company
TS-5925 A City-Driving Robotic Car Named Tommy Jr. Paul Perrone, Perrone Robotics
TS-5841 Project Aura: Recommendation for the Rest of Us Stephen Green and Paul Lamere, Sun Microsystems
TS-6656 Extreme GUI Makeover: Swing Meets FX Christopher Campbell and Shannon Hickey, Sun Microsystems
TS-6611 Filthy-Rich Clients: Filthier, Richer, Clientier Romain Guy, Google; Chet Haase, Adobe
TS-5286 Introduction to Web Beans Gavin King, JBoss
TS-6169 Spring Framework 2.5: New and Notable Rod Johnson, SpringSource
TS-6528 Listen and Speak: Teach Your Old Device New Tricks Charles Hemphill, Conversay; Steve Rondel, Conversay
TS-6623 More "Effective Java" Joshua Bloch, Google
TS-5579 Closures Cookbook Neal Gafter, Google
TS-5165 Programming With Functional Objects in Scala Martin Odersky, EPFL
TS-5152 Overview of the JavaFX Script Programming Language Christopher Oliver, Sun Microsystems
TS-6050 Comparing JRuby and Groovy Neal Ford, ThoughtWorks
TS-4842 Designing an MMORPG With Project Darkstar Jeffrey Kesselman, Sun Microsystems
TS-6807 What's New in Ajax Dion Almaer, Ajaxian; Ben Galbraith, MediaBank
TS-6537 Applications for the Masses by the Masses: Why Engineers Are an Endangered Species Girish Balachandran and Todd Fast, Sun Microsystems
TS-5249 The NetBeans Ruby IDE: You Thought Rails Development Was Fun Before Brian Leonard and Tor Norbye, Sun Microsystems

Additionally, you can attend fun sessions on how Java technologies are being used in the world of science: Mapping Mars (TS-6608); Universal Translator -- Breaking the Communication Barrier With JSAPI (TS-5908); Pushing Java OpenGL (JOGL) to the Limit With Stellarium (TS-4964); and Mars Rover Operations Imaging and Mapping With Java Technology (BOF-5044).

If you're interested in gaming, check out Video Game Development on the Java Platform: Past, Present, and Future of Java Technology Games (BOF-5832); Creating Games on the Java Platform with the jMonkeyEngine (TS-5711); Using Comet to Create a Two-Player Web Game (BOF-6584); and Project Wonderland: A Toolkit for Building 3-D Virtual Worlds (TS-6125).

Check the 2008 JavaOne Conference home page for more information, including a complete content catalog searchable by keyword, speaker name, track, and other parameters.

If you can't make it to the conference this year, you can read about the sessions as Sun writers blog from the trenches, sharing technical information and their impressions of the conference. 

Hope to see you there!

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