JavaOne - Day 3

This afternoon's keynote from Motorola was very interesting and thought provoking. A very honest and unbiased look at the state of the mobile applications market as it is today and some predictions for the future. I am not sure that I agree with all of the conclusions (especially around the need for consolidation) but more of that in another post. One of the highlights of the day for me was a presentation from IBM entitled "The Desktop Java Technology Lovers Survival Guide". From the title I was not really sure what to expect but what was delivered was not at all what I expected. Not particularly technical it was a very entertaining look at the past and current state of large enterprise system software design and some predictions/warnings for the future. The speaker was very entertaining and the presentation filled with amusing anecdotes. Certainly a welcome break from the pages of code.

Another highlight for me was a session entitled "Designing Graphical Model-Driven Applications: Lego Mindstorm" as the presenter said in the introduction you are all here for at least one of there reasons.

  • You are interested in UML modeling for code design
  • You are interested in graphical tools for UI design
  • You are a big kid and want to play with robots

That will be a yes on all three then!

The 2 presenters did a great job of trying to design an build most of the software on the fly and in the true tradition of live demo based presentations they had taken on more than could be done in the alloted hour which coupled with a couple of mistakes mean they were in a sprint to finish on time, fell slightly short of their total goal for the session but did finally get something running to the great delight of the crowd - even if the robot did ddrive itself off the edge of the demo table at one point. All that said it was extremely informative, good entertainment and fun. The only shame it that it was not filmed (at least I don't think so). The 2 presenters did a great job of trying to design an build most of the software on the fly and in the true tradition of live demo based presentations they had taken on more than could be done in the alloted hour which coupled with a couple of mistakes mean they were in a sprint to finish on time, fell slightly short of their total goal for the session but did finally get something running to the great delight of the crowd - even if the robot did ddrive itself off the edge of the demo table at one point. All that said it was extremely informative, good entertainment and fun. The only shame it that it was not filmed (at least I don't think so).

Another impressive piece of coding was the session entitled "Extreme GUI Makeover: In the Real World" which really showed what can be done with Java in GUI design. This was a Java replacement GUI for a dusty cobol application and was very impressive. The presenter said that he would be posting the code on his website so you can go take a look at it.

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