Realized that for the first time in years I hadn't yet blogged about JavaOne. (Whether stated explicitly or not, my blog is increasingly focused purely on providing a succinct list of solutions to specific problems I get asked about in one way or another. For example, yesterday's blog entry is a response to a question from Stanford University, where they're doing some amazing work in biomechanics with NetBeans, but more about that another time.) Time to rectify that.
To me, aside from the dozens of technical sessions, hands on labs, BOFs, and demos featuring NetBeans in multiple different ways by all kinds of people (Oracle staff, Java champions, 3rd party vendors, NetBeans Dream Team, NetBeans user community), and the many chats with developer friends old (way too many to mention) & new (in particular, Ryan Cuprak, Tom Cosley, Terence Parr), the most significant NetBeans moment throughout JavaOne was the Oracle keynote where the JDK Roadmap was presented, as follows:
Note: The above slide is taken from this nice Japanese report on JavaOne at SlideShare, recently presented to the Japanese JUG by Oracle's Yoshio Terada, referenced today in Terrence Barr's blog.
I love the fact that the JDK roadmap is so tightly coupled with NetBeans, of course. As someone working on the NetBeans project for quite a few years, I'd say the above slide, with NetBeans so prominently positioned within it, is the greatest official compliment and clearest statement of confidence the NetBeans Team has thus far attained, ever.