A Big Fat Thanks/Things I Learned at Oracle OpenWorld (#oow09)
OK, it's a wrap!
This is a big fat thank you to everyone who attended Oracle OpenWorld 2009, and especially to the Oracle ACEs who dragged themselves, in many cases, across continents and oceans to be there. You truly are the life-blood of the community. (And thanks especially for all the birthday greetings.)
If you couldn't attend, and are too lazy to click somewhere else from here, I bring you photos:
You all hate Schedule Builder. (Welcome to the party.) We desperately need to do something about it.
You all love the unconference, but want to see it promoted much more widely to the average attendee. I'm with you there.
Oracle OpenWorld Live was a huge hit, with a constant viewing audience in the hundreds. Agree, we need to do more of that next year. (Plus, it spiced up the OTN Lounge.)
You seem to be split on Moscone/SF as a host city. Some believe the conference has outgrown it, others can't see OpenWorld anywhere else, even with the inconveniences.
The Java technologist community is very nervous about OpenWorld serving as a substitute for JavaOne; the cultural and content differences are stark. The sooner we can communicate our plans there, the better. (Unfortunately, nothing can be said until deal close. And contrary to some of the rumors out there, no announcements have been made on this subject at all.)
James Gosling and Tim Bray are really nice guys; I can say the same about pretty much every Sun employee I met this week.
That's a partial list. Please add to comments about anything you'd like me to know about your experience as either a physical or virtual attendee.