Java Road Trip 2010 - New Orleans Stop

Java Road Trip is a tour across 20 cities in the United States showcasing Oracle's commitment to everything Java.

I talked about Java EE 6 & GlassFish 3 at the New Orleans yesterday. The day started with an overcast sky, caught up with heat wave around the country (around 91 degrees), showed a reflection of super humidity (about 80%), and then ended with a thunder, lightning, and a heavy downpour while I was boarding the flight to back home.

The venue of the event was University of New Orleans but the taxi driver had no clue, even after talking to multiple folks, on how to reach there. But finally we reached after calling up his taxi company, asking at a Shell station, entering a different university, and talking to a cop. I can only we did not loose any attendees because of the location.

There were about 30 attendees spread across 3 parallel running sessions. I talked about simplicity, light-weight, extensible, and power of Java EE 6. There were no slides and only demos - after all, code is king! The key points shown were:

  • Servlets 3.0 make "web.xml" optional and instead use annotations to specify that information
  • Enterprise JavaBeans (EJB) can be bundled in a WAR file.
  • Java Server Faces 2 uses Facelets as the templating language. This allows templates to be created and applied across different .XHTML pages easily. The different scopes allow the bean to be used appropriately.
  • Creation of Java Persistence API (JPA) entity classes from a database table.
  • Creation of RESTful resources - can be done as a simple root resource or generate from a database table or an entity.

All of these features were demonstrated using NetBeans although all of them can be easily achieved using Eclipse as well. A consolidated list of Java EE 6 & GlassFish 3 Demos will help you feel some of the features mentioned above.

Here are some other relevant links for the Road Trip:

Many more cities (Austin, Houston, Denver, Salt Lake City, Seattle, and Portland) are planned before the trip makes it final stop at the San Francisco Bay Area. So make sure to catch up on a local or near by city and talk to speakers from Oracle. 

On a personal note, the hotel was in the French Quarter neighborhood so there was lot to see around. Being in the downtown, I had to restrict myself with indoor running only. The flight out of New Orleans got delayed because of thunder, lightning, and heavy downpour and so I missed my connection but caught the tail-end of a birthday party I was supposed to attend back home.

Anyway check out some pictures from the New Orleans stop:

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