JFokus 2011 Day 2 started by Mattias explaining "Information, Inspiration, Innovation" mantra. The idea is to get information from the speakers, inspiration from each other, and do the innovation for all so that the entire Java community is benefited. With over 1100 attendees, 60 speakers, and 30 partners there were ample opportunities to network and embrace the mantra.
Many congratulations to them!
Jonas made a very powerful statement "No platform is as comparable to Java for deploying your applications" and "Java has a bright future, the beast is not dead". This was quite evident in the energy level of all the Java enthusiasts attending the conference.
Day 2 for me was mostly about socializing at the exhibitor floor, going around the city (first time here), and then giving my talk on Java EE 6 Toolshow. I spent good time with a few vendors trying to understand what and how they are using Java EE. Diversify, for example, is trying to run Java in the Azure environment. And they've even deployed GlassFish in Azure ... deja vu :-) I shared my Java wishlist for Azure and they'll be sharing that feedback with Microsoft. Actually the Microsoft guys were at the next booth and we had a great conversation about the missing pieces. There are some basic differences between how Microsoft sees Java developers should build their applications and how they are actually being built. So I think there is some learning required on that front, IMHO. It was good to talk to JBoss guys about co-opeting to ensure Java EE standards stay relevant and we talked some stuff about future Java EE as well. And some other opportunities were discussed which will hopefully turn into actual deliverables and you'll the results on this blog.
The Java EE 6 Toolshow (about 450 attendance per the crew) was a slides-free talk that explained how to build a Java EE 6 application using the new and updated APIs in the platform. Juggy, the mascot of JUGs, was asking some very intelligent questions like "What about other vendors going Java EE 6 compliant", "Why WebLogic and GlassFish from Oracle" and I think I explained them well. But just to highlight these two answers:
Q. When are other vendors going Java EE 6 compliant ?
A. There are two vendors that are Java EE 6 certified - TmaxSoft is full Java EE 6 certified and JBoss 6 community edition is Java EE 6 Web-Profile compliant. Other than that WebLogic has announced plans to be Java EE 6 compliant, and similarly Websphere, Geronimo, and Caucho Resin have announced similar dates as well.
Q. Why WebLogic and GlassFish from Oracle ?
A. Use GlassFish if you want Java EE 6 today, if open-source is a requirement for you, or if you want the latest cutting edge innovation from Oracle. If you want Fusion Middleware, tighter integration with other upstack components like Coherence, RAC, and Database then WebLogic is your required solution.
Here are couple of tweets from the talk providing instance feedback:
@jduchess: #JFokus JEE6 toolshow: Arun gave us a nice demo of how easy and fast it is to deploy webapps with Netbeans and Glassfish.
@helenaferry: Arun Gupta presenterar Java-verktyg tillsammans med en fågel. Kul kille. :-) #jfokus http://t.co/D0bHJC
The band (Soulfood) in the evening reception played some good music and you can enjoy some for yourself:
Here are some pictures from Day 2:
And check out the pics with JWoman (newly launched this JFokus) and JMan:
And here is the evolving photo album so far:
Last and final day starts in a few more hours ...