Devoxx France in Paris sold out with 1,250 developers registering for the first such conference held outside of Belgium. The event doubled in size from the initial plan as conceived last November. As a result of the outpouring of community support, the organizers confirmed that they would host the conference again next year.
In an aura of collaboration and expertise. attendees chose from 133 presentations during the 3 day event with lots of technical sessions, expert speakers and great discussions. As is customary, it started with a University Day, in-depth technical sessions lead by luminaries from the Java community and industry experts. Each conference day is a great mix of 3 hour workshops and hands-on labs, Tools-in-Action sessions and the traditional Birds-of-a-Feather sessions in the evening.
JavaFX and Java 7 were the top 2 Oracle topics presented at the conference with an introduction to JavaFX and the new Scene Graph Builder, 55 functionalities of Java 7 presentations. The content will be on Parleys Java Channel
Following a Devoxx tradition, one evening was dedicated to a Meet and Greet party. In France, this evening had a French twist, serving wine and cheese instead of beer and fries.
And Devoxx always has some surprises for attendees:
A group of French developers created an application from scratch during the conference. The project was called "Code Story." The goal was to use the agile development to show best practices and one hour invited attendees to join one of their coding sessions.
Teaching programming has become a new interest in the community in Europe, especially within the Duchess network. Audrey Neveu started Programmatoo to teach programming to 6 to 10 year olds. I got great feedback with my BoF session on Learning Java with Alice and Greenfoot and talked to French professors interested in teaching with Greenfoot. Other initiatives are underway like Devoxx4Kids.
All the sessions, including ~25 interviews with developers will be available on Parleys.com