OK, I decided not to snap any photos as folks like Eric Marcoux have already done such a great job.
A few things stand out for me from this year. First of all, this was the first time OTN had its own pod, and it was great to meet and speak with so many attendees. (Furthermore I met a whole bunch of newly minted Oracle Fusion Middleware Regional Directors.) It was also great to see the house packed for the Oracle tradition of treating Java developers to a free movie - this year, Spider-Man 3. The theater had 500 seats and 95% of them were occupied.
What struck me the most though? I didn't see a single person seemingly under the age of 25 on the floor.
In years past, it was commonplace to spot obvious teenagers, or even pre-teens, roaming the floor. Not this year. Is Java perhaps becoming the "new COBOL", for real?
In terms of "news", most of the people I spoke with were impressed by Thomas Kurian's keynote (see video replays here), in particular Duncan Mills' demo of the Oracle JDeveloper 11g Technology Preview. I think that for a whole bunch of folks, Oracle9i JDeveloper was their most recent look at the product (with interest in Eclipse perhaps interceding) - but now JDev is piquing their interest as tooling for "business process" development and orchestration, not just as a narrow Java IDE. No one I spoke with was aware that JDeveloper is now free, either.
I met Dave Chappell, Oracle's new Chief SOA Technologist - nice guy. Hope to do a podcast with him on the topic of SCA soon, which is a hot one this year.
Oh, and Sun released a version of the Java SE SDK under the GPL. Seems a bit late to the party to me, but you can't please everyone.