The events were held in Redwood Shores, California; São Paulo, Brazil; and London, England and linked together via satellite. In Redwood Shores: Adam Messinger, vice president of development, Fusion Middleware, welcomed everyone and gave a an overview of Java 7. Mark Reinhold explained that the most important thing about Java 7 is that it is finally shipping. ("Java is waking up from its nap" opined the twitterverse).
In London: Ben Evans, author and member of the Java SE/EE Executive Committee, mentioned that the financial sector are looking forward to adopt Java 7 as soon as possible. A representative from the Royal Bank of Scotland explained that RBS relies on the JVM, a TB (Terrabyte!) of in-memory data 24 x 7, and is looking forward to Java 7 improvements. In São Paulo: Bruno Souza, founder and president of SOUJava and member of the Java SE/EE Executive Committee, spoke to developers about Java and its relationship to other languages. One community member was wearing Python jacket over a Java T-shirt, a nice metaphor. Bruno also stressed the importance of the the Java community: "Java User Groups: your participation is fundamental to the future of Java" he said.
Back in Redwood Shores, Trent Gray-Donald, Java Tech Lead for IBM called Java 7 "a great release with strong technology." Bill Blosen of Hewlett Packard said "We are pleased that Java is moving forward and addressing the needs of the Java programming community." Mike Milinkovich, Eclipse Foundation echoed Bruno's sentiment when he said "Rule #1 of Open Source: Show up!"
After the opening session, there were detailed technical presentations on Project Coin, the Fork/Join Framework, the New File System API, and improvements to the JVM. A replay of the webcast and presentations will be available next week.
Today's events was just the start of the celebration. Java User Groups (JUGs) around the world are hosting events from July through September to celebrate Java 7. Oracle has provided JUGs with Java 7 technical presentations, related technology modules, T-shirts for JUG members, and speakers. View the JUG map of Java 7 events.
View the webcast or join a JUG event and see how we're moving Java forward together.