Thursday Apr 24, 2008

CommunityOne and JavaOne

Yes, it is that time of the year again for 2008: JavaOne and the preceeding CommunityOne. I went to CommunityOne last year and thought it was definitely worth attending and was impressed by the variety of open source projects represented. Unlike its more well-known sibling, CommunityOne is completely free. Last year they had free food, t-shirts, and limited entry into JavaOne exhibits. This year some of the presentations I see are on OpenSolaris, MySQL, Ruby, Python, NetBeans, jMaki, Glassfish, OpenOffice, and even hardware. There's lots more I haven't mentioned too.

This is the second annual CommunityOne and I believe it developed as an expanded version of NetBeans Day which always occurred on the Monday of JavaOne week. It's a great idea because there are lots of open source projects useful for developers that Sun is involved in.

I'm signed up for CommunityOne, but so far I don't have a pass to JavaOne. That's because I no longer work on a project that's directly Java-related. For the last couple months, I've been working on Project Kenai. I'll write more about Kenai later. There is supposed to be a demo at the JavaOne Pavilion. I volunteered to help demo, but I might not be able to get an exhibit pass to get in. We'll see what happens.

Friday May 04, 2007

JavaOne Week and New CommunityOne Day

Is it that time of the year again? Guess so, next week is JavaOne week -- a bit earlier than last year. Also, this year Sun is sponsoring a new free event called CommunityOne. I think this is a great idea because I suspect lots of people might not have the money to pay to go to JavaOne. I think a recent trend in the software biz is that there are many more smaller companies and individual developers compared to big large companies than there used to be. A phenomena I've heard referred to as The Long Tail. These days you can buy a laptop and write code in a cafe for a few thousand dollars -- there's less of a need for a large company with lots of capital to give you equipment. I hope CommunityOne turns out as good as it sounds. I just registered for it so maybe I'll see you there.

It's been a stressful time for me recently because other people expect things from me for JavaOne that I wasn't able to deliver and I don't do well when people are upset with me. But, I am trying to step back and keep it in perspective. Talking to friends has helped and writing about it too. One of the big tasks I've been working on recently is the subject of my next post on jMaki. I've also been working on some NetBeans 6 Visual Web IDE tasks for the JavaOne preview release. This didn't leave much time to do other tasks and maintain my sanity. Sorry to those I wasn't able to deliver the goods to.

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