Wednesday Mar 21, 2007

Sun Tech Days, Paris

The second of the Sun Tech Days conference in Paris was more directly focused on Java. Under the Grande Arche de la Defense, Bruno Hourdel prided himself (photo) of the even better turnout for this even than the previous week's London one. Europe is an eternal competition between nations. Good for them. I think of myself as English, French and Austrian, even a little American, though my passport is British. So I don't take offense either way.

After Eric Mahe's opening welcome (photo), James Gosling came on stage to give an overview of the directions of the Java Platform. More on this in the next blog. This was followed by some really quick demos of which:

  • A revisited Pet Store example(photo) with an AJAX and dynamic html make over. I am starting to get the feeling that these things are getting stable enough that it may be worth learning, without having to spend one's life on it.
  • Romain Guy gave a quick overview of his extreeme Java Makeover (photo), which he showed a year ago. I wonder if it is open source yet? Romain is now an intern at Google. Hope he comes back to Sun soon.
  • A presentation of the small Java DB (photo)
  • And the lovely Pet Flower Store presentation by Doris Chen (photo)

I was busy taking pictures of the session so I did not quite capture every one's name. Please help me fill that out. Thanks.

I was not so good at attending the afternoon sessions. Instead I spend some time meeting people, such as the Solaris group, catching up on some questions I had. I'll be working harder on filling in my gaps at JavaOne. But now I really need to prepare my BOF. Sorry I won't be able to attend today's meetings.

Monday Mar 19, 2007

NetBeans Day, Paris

The Sun Tech Days converence has moved to Paris and is taking place under the Grande Arche de la Defense, the third arch of triumph, from which you can see, on a clear day, the second arch at Etoile, and in the far distance the first arch that is standing in front of the Louvre.

NetBeans is becoming more and more impressive. I just uploaded a number of photos on flickr. There you can see

  • Romain Guy (blog) elegantly bringing us up to date with Matisse and the ease of linking it to data sources.
  • Ludovic Champenois (blog) and Alexis Moussine-Pouchkine (blog) giving an overview of the latest J2EE and Web Services abilities of NetBeans.
  • Roman Strobl (blog) going into the NetBeans profiler, how to build on the NetBeans platform, and a lot more
  • Petr Suchomel (blog) showing off some really impressive elements of the mobility pack: most memorable of all a graphical programming environment to write cell phone applications, and Java powered vector graphics cell phones.
  • John Treacy (blog) directing all of this from the front bench.
  • An attentive crowd of developers come from all over France. (The other developers were at the Solaris track in another room)

Time to go to bed, for the next installment, tomorrow morning.

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