Contests@JavaOne

Just in case you think you're going to be bored at JavaOne, we seem to be awash in contests. The Virtual Flying Dukes contest is all about game programming with the jMonkeyEngine 3D rendering engine. It looks like the GreenFoot folks will be running a contest. And the realtime crew had such fun with last year's slot car racing demo that they're doing a similar one again: the control problem is noticably tougher this time. And that's just the start of the list...

We're going through the last round of demo reviews on Wednesday. It's really going to be tough this year: there's a very strong collection of proposals. It's never been so hard to choose. I keep expecting it to get easier, but no luck. There's a particularly strong showing of desktop GUI and weird device demos. One of my favorite demos this year has to be somewhat constrained because of risk of decapitation. If you want to know what I mean by that, you'll just have to come to JavaOne.

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This year's Java One looks like its going to be fantastic. I can only go to a third of the sessions I want to due to scheduling conflicts, and now we have the competitions as well as all the social stuff on top of that. I've started going through the Blender and JMonkeyEngine tutorials after work. This year a prize shall be mine! PS - I hope the Muscone center has improved the wireless capacity and speed this year, last year it was hopeless. That really limited opportunities to submit stuff to the racing competition among other things.

Posted by Lars Westergren on April 16, 2007 at 08:53 PM PDT #

Decapitation, eh? Ok, now, some of us aren't going to be able to make it to the show, as much as we'd like to. So, y'ol barker, by all means tease for now but \*please\* do post a follow-up after the show to explain that. -t

Posted by Thomas Lord on April 20, 2007 at 06:22 PM PDT #

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