JavaOne from France

I have been following JavaOne with great interest from my home in Fontainebleau, France. Hey, what else is there to do during these three days? Everyone one may want to talk to is either at J1, or watching the keynotes or on holidays.

In any case J1 is a great spectacle, and a very good way to get a feel for the latest technologies. There just are some things that one cannot learn from books or articles on the web. Mostly I find it helps get a feel for the direction things are moving to, clarify how things are connected, and get an overview of the latest technologies. And I managed to get a lot of this just from watching the keynotes on the web! Would it not be great if one could watch all the sessions during the J1 conference live too? With 4 million Java programmers I have no doubt that they could still easily fill the conference and make it pay for itself. People in the conference would pay for the very important advantage of being able to make direct human contacts, be able to speak to developers directly on the ground, and see things first hand. Then we could all, from wherever we are in the world, also use these days to catch up on all the latest improvements. Hey, I would have been happy to pay a few $100 to be able to follow the other sessions from home.

Don't get me wrong - I am not complaining. How could I, given that John Gage announced on Thursay's keynote (1hour and 14 minutes into the video) that all the sessions would be available for free this year! :-)

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