JavaOne - Day 2

The key note today from Oracle was a little disappointing consisting of a (very slick) demo and presentation of their current family of enterprise development and deployment tools. Not what you come to expect from JavaOne.

There is a lot of emphasis at this JavaOne on rich user experience, combining scripting with Java in the JVM and developing social infrastructure.

I attended a very informative session from Google and hi5 on how to implement a social networking site based on the Open Social  Container using the Apache Shindig incubator implementation of the Open Social Container and the Open Social APIs. The guy from hi5 gave some interesting insights into the issues facing someone developing and deploying an infrastructure designed to support a viral uptake and some of the pitfalls to avoid.

I also attended a session on jMaki that was liberally littered with code examples and demos which helped to break up the usual death by bullet points (when will someone develop a presentation package that only supports diagrams and has no bullet function - I do not need to look at your speaker notes while you read them to me). Unfortunately the demos seemed to fall over on a regular basis which did not help to hold the attention. Still at least it gave it credibility as a proper developer event presentation rather than a product sales pitch.

I followed this with a session on Growing Open Source Communities based on the experiences of the OpenJDK community. A good guide for any company thinking of moving it's development into the Open Source realm especially in combination with the later session by Simon.

The session on creating compelling user interface experiences was queued half way around the Moscone Centre and since I have a pass that only allows me to be wait listed for a seat decided to cut my losses and head for Simon Phipps' presentation on the challenges facing the Open Source community in the future as more and more commercial organisations become more deeply involved in open source and more commercial software is based (at least in part) on open source components. As usual from Simon it was a thought provoking session littered with Simon's own personal photographs to re-enforce his points (count the number of bullets in this presentation). Simon recommended attending any presentation given by Eben Moglen someone with whom I (a ashamed to admit) I am not familiar but will be looking into.

To finish off the day I attended a session looking at how to include media (in particular video and audio) in Java and JavaFX applications. Once again the presentation was built almost entirely from code examples and demos which served perfectly to get across the presenters points. While I am not sure how well this will come across with just an audio recording and a copy of the slides it is an excellent introduction to the technology.
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