Diva #2 goes to JavaOne 2006

I am finally recuperated from JavaOne. What a blast. Not only was it a great opportunity to meet people, but I have stuffed my brain with a lot of new knowledge, as well as a good idea of what I need to learn going forward. The two most important concepts that I need to start learning about, in addition to JSF 1.2 of course, are injections and annotations. I was relieved to learn that my peers on the NetBeans team have nicely summed these concepts up at http://www.netbeans.org/kb/55/javaee-intro.html. So, if these terms are new to you as well, check it out.

I attended lots of AJAX sessions and found it interesting all the different ways people are tackling the I-really-don't-want-to-work-with-JavaScript problem. Bruce Johnson and Joel Webber, from Google, have created a way to code in Java and compile into JavaScript. You can get this from http://code.google.com/. Greg Murray has developed jMaki, a JavaScript wrapper tag set. If you are interested in AJAXizing your web app, check out his blog. The "new" words of the day, for me, were mashup and smashup (a mashup involving a Swing application).

Speaking of AJAX, Jayashri, Matthew, and I developed and presented a hands-on lab that shows how to use AJAX in Sun Java Studio Creator projects. It was such a hot topic that we had to present the lab twice (picture above -- that's me at the podium). You can get ahold of this lab at http://www.javapassion.com/handsonlabs/. Look for LAB-5655.

I was really glad that I attended the Extreme Web Caching session presented by Jason Hunter. His presentation offered great advice on cajoling the browsers to cache what needs to be cached and not cache that which should not. If you are concerned about bandwith, take a look at http://www.mnot.net/.

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