Monday Aug 26, 2013

Who's Coming to JavaOne?

If you haven't registered for JavaOne yet and need a nudge, here's a chance to hear from some of the great speakers coming to the premier Java conference. Content Chair Stephen Chin is interviewing speakers to discuss what they will be presenting.

First up, Gerrit Grunwald (@hansolo_) on his eight (8!) JavaOne sessions. This interview includes a sneak peak of a slick new #JavaFX UI he is building for monitoring device sensors, and answered some questions from the live participants about the upcoming Java 8 Embedded release.

Follow @SteveOnJava to learn about upcoming interviews. All videos will be posted on the YouTube Java Channel, playlist JavaOne 13

JavaOne is the premier Java technical conference, with a focus on technical content. One previous attentee told us: "All sessions I attended were excellent.  Good technical content, absolutely no product pitches." Register today for JavaOne and save $200 off the onsite price.

New Duke Personality: Scientist Duke

Duke is the official mascot of Java technology. Each year, Oracle releases a new Duke personality. This year we offer "Scientist Duke." Much like a genius developer would with Java technologies, Scientist Duke is engaged in developing, mixing, testing the latest ingredients to create the greatest formula/product/innovation ever. 

Last year, Adventure Duke was off on a mission of adventure and discovery to find the latest Java wonders around the world.  2011 unveiled Future Tech Duke, moving Java forward into new technology and platform arenas. In 2010 it was Surfing Duke, who tagged along for the ride at the Java Road Trip: Code to Coast. In 2006, Duke was officially "open sourced” under a BSD license. Developers and designers were encouraged to play around with Duke and for the first time had access to Duke’s graphical specifications through a java.net project at http://duke.kenai.com

You'll be able to have your picture taken with a living, life-size Duke at the JavaOne developer conference in San Francisco. Also, I heard that Duke can't wait for JavaOne and may be visiting some coffee shops in the Bay Area in the next few weeks!

If you don't know the history, back in the early days of Java development, the Green Project team created its first working demo—an interactive handheld home entertainment controller called the Star7. At the heart of the animated touch-screen user interface was a cartoon character named Duke (think clippy but better!). You can learn more at java.net.

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