Monday May 14, 2007

Trek to JavaOne 2007

I did my yearly trek up to JavaOne in San Francisco. I think this is my 12th JavaOne. The first one I attended was when I worked at General Magic. Through the years, I've had to speak in front of huge audiences, work with my team to start the Device showcase (Francine Jackson Price and Karen Arnett, were to two that started it all). I also sat very nervously one year when Alan Baratz, who was President of Javasoft, announced the three editions of Java (yes after Patrice and I hurriedly worked on our famous lego blocks). This year, I got to attend technical sessions (ones I didn't have to present at). I found some of the sessions had way too many "guest speakers", to the point where I didn't know if the speaker really was an expert on the topic.

As with all JavaOne's it's a good place to meet up with folks from the past. Folks who used to work for Sun, folks who used to work at partner companies, folks who started their own companies. Through the years, it is a blur on where everyone landed, but gladly, everyone seems to have landed well and are happy in careers and in their personal lives.

I happened to just make it over to the Sony Style store in the Metreon. Love the new HD Video cams. But not having kids at home now, I don't find myself shooting much video anymore, sigh. Hope everyone who went to JavaOne had a good time. My team sure worked extremely hard on the web getting content posted (er, sometimes last minute). They are such a great team. And the extended JavaOne staff, led by Wendy Yamaguma pull off this HUGE industry event every year with amazing precision. You just have to say wow.

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