Day One, JavaZone 2006, in Oslo, Norway
By Geertjan on Sep 13, 2006
But, aside from that glitch, things went okay. I think I recovered acceptably and demonstrated the use of Matisse in the context of NetBeans Platform applications. Afterwards, talked to one or two people who seemed to be very long time users of NetBeans. (If someone asks you: "How do I import NetBeans IDE 3.5 forms into NetBeans IDE 5.0," you know you're dealing with some hardcore users.) Also there was someone who is an instructor at an Irish technical college who uses NetBeans in the context of masters students (by the way, I sent you an e-mail, hope to meet you tomorrow and give you some free NetBeans IDE Field Guides).
Meeting the world famous Romain Guy was also a very nice experience. He is a very nice guy, apart from being an excellent programmer (look on http://community.java.net/javadesktop/ for continuing evidence). I'm hoping to be in a fit state to go to his presentation first thing tomorrow morning.
I'm also hoping to be able to 'set up shop' with my laptop at the Sun booth tomorrow. It would be good if someone was there to give some NetBeans demos, live to any passerby. However, there are a lot of REALLY interesting presentations happening tomorrow. Apart from Romain Guy, Brian Leonard will be doing a story on J2ME ("Carrying the Enterprise in your Pocket"), Kirk Pepperdine will be presenting, and so will Java Champion (from South Africa!) Heinz Kabutz, as well as Simon Ritter and Geert Bevin himself (on RIFE). So, it will be a very full day. Speaking of presentations, I thoroughly enjoyed one by Matt Thompson, Angela Caicedo, and Simon Ritter, at the end of the day today. They basically showed some experimental stuff (hurray for presentations focusing on experimental stuff!) happening in the Sun Labs—in relation to Sun SPOTs. But I especially enjoyed Matt's comments during their (which was totally packed out, standing room only, just like at leak guru Gregg Sporar's, by the way) presentation—Sun is all about enabling members of the community to develop cool and interesting cutting edge stuff. There's such a strong desire to give developers the tools they need so that they (i.e., members of the community) can drive the forward movement of Java development. It is a very nice approach which made me feel really good about working at Sun.
A lot is left out here—for example, I haven't even mentioned Jevgeni Kabanov's very detailed and thorough (and enthusiastic!) presentation on Aranea, an object oriented web framework, comparable to Wicket. In fact, in general, the level and quality of the people and presentations I've encountered here so far has been of a very high standard. And tomorrow should be even better, from the looks of the program!