Romain was only 13 when I was writing java.math...
By alexismp on janv. 02, 2006
The best part of any such conference as JavaPolis has to be the networking (not the WiFi, the human one). On day 0 (Sunday), I met with Romain GUY (some might call him Romain GUI), Tor Norbye from the Creator team (and of JavaPosse fame), Ludo from NetBeans/Sun App Server, Judith from NetBeans and Richard Bair from SwingLabs. The diner brought some interesting discussion on the future of Sun tools. Some though decisions need to be made.
On Monday, I had a chat with Jean-François Denise (JMX NetBeans Plugin) quite happy that Apple finally released a 5.0 VM (5.0 makes things much simpler for JMX). I met the "Derby people" (Fernanda and Andreas from Norway), working hard on what seems like very well received Apache product and Sun announcements and demos. I also reconnected with Vincent Bellet (where's your blog Vincent??) from ZValley, a small but effective company focusing on Desktop Java with their WingZ product. I met for the first time with JBoss' Julien Viet, Milos Kleint (MevenIDE), as well as John Crupi for a late drink around SOA politics (a good speaker has to be a good blogger, so John you need to blog more often). I also had many discussions with Vincent Brabant, the French-speaking NetBeans board member. He showed me a nice NetBeans module integrating content from the Developpez.com web site (FAQ, Tutorials, forums, blogs, etc.) right from the IDE.
On Tuesday, I had diner with Jeff Jackson (VP of Java Developer Platforms Group -AT- Sun), Linda DeMichiel (EJB 3 co-spec lead), Ron Ten-Hove (JBI spec lead), Charles Beckham (firstname.lastname@example.org), Roger Kitain (JSF 1.2 spec lead), David Delabassee and Rudy Van Hoe. With all those spec leads, the most interesting part of the conversation was listening to what the keynote on the next day could have been if only Sun Corporate had allowed the speaker to remain on the JavaPolis "spoons" theme ;-)
Eamonn McManus the other JMX guy was there and seemed to have less problems connecting his Linux laptop this time around. I also reconnected with Mobile expert and former Sun evangelist Srikanth Raju now at Nokia. In a quick chat, Geert Bevin explained that he really liked CDDL and that he maintained a dual license (LGPL) only to be able to have GPL implementations using RIFE (this stands true for the NetBeans Platform I believe). It was also the first time I listened to Elliotte Rusty Harold and David Geary. Both are excellent speakers I must say. Both use a Mac, but Elliotte has an HTML presentation (not even an S5-powered I guess) while David has a fancy Keynote presentation with many useful animations (I don't usually like animations).
Finally, I had a quick chat with Josh Bloch, mainly to discuss the second version of Effective Java (sorry Don Box, no Effective C# for now it seems). Josh made this interesting comment when we came to talk about Romain Guy (we were looking at his Swing/JOGL-powered application running on the big screen) - "I feel old, Romain was 13 when I was writing