Wednesday Oct 01, 2014

Technical, Community, and Intel Keynotes on Thursday

Mark Reinhold and Brian Goetz will kick off the Thursday keynotes. The architects of Java 8 will give you their insights into this revolutionary release, and start to  reveal what is coming in Java 9, Java 10, and beyond.

Please note the following important schedule change for Thursday: The morning keynotes now run from 9 a.m. to 11:25 a.m. at the Marriott Marquis, Salon 7/8/9. JavaOne Sessions will now start at 11:45 a.m. and end at 12:45 p.m. at the Hilton and Parc55. The original schedule resumes at 1 p.m. with the next set of sessions.

The JavaOne Community keynote celebrates the thriving global ecosystem of Java developers and enthusiasts, including more than 275 Java user groups. The Java Community keynote will showcase several Java community luminaries and their bodies of work. Their passion is an inspiration to all of us, and is one of the most important elements in creating the future Java.

The Intel Keynote: Michael Greene, Intel Vice President and general manager of system technologies and optimization, Software and Services Group, will discuss Intel's Java optimization efforts to ensure that cloud software will run best on Intel architecture.

Join us and expect a few surprises to help close out the event.




JCP Awards and Celebration

By Guest Blogger Bob Larsen, Java.net Editor

The Java Community Process (JCP) presented the tenth annual JCP Awards and celebrated its fifteenth birthday at a gathering atop the Hilton Hotel on Monday night.  

Heather VanCura (above, left) received the award for JCP Program Member of the Year for her leadership in the Adopt-a-JSR program, which provides a mechanism for Java User Groups and individuals to easily contribute to Java Specification Requests and encourages grassroots participation in crafting the future of Java. VanCura's effort in organizing and facilitating adoption sessions, workshops, and webinars, as well as in recruiting JUGs, has greatly advanced Adopt-a-JSR's progress.

The Most Significant JSR was awarded to JSR 360, Connected Limited Device Configuration (CLDC) 8. CLDC brings language features from Java SE into Java ME. These features, including generics, enumerations, and try-with-resources, dramatically increase the power and flexibility of Java ME. JSR 360 has been the first update applied to Java ME in almost seven years. Michael Lagally (above, right) was recognized as Outstanding Spec Lead for his efforts in spearheading JSR 360. 

Otávio Gonçalves de Santana (right) was awarded Outstanding Adopt-a-JSR Participant for his efforts in supporting JSR 354, Java Money and Concurrency—specifically in migrating the codebase from Java 7 to Java 8.  Gonçalves de Santana is also a strong supporter of OpenJDK and has been assisting in making JSRs more compatible with OpenJDK from the beginning, streamlining their implementation.

Following the award presentations, the festivities continued with musical acts including the debut performance of the NullPointers, a band composed entirely of Java Community members, followed by birthday cake, and the obligatory out-of-key rendition of “Happy Birthday.”

Read about the JCP Award Nominees

Read about the JCP Award Winners


Tuesday Sep 30, 2014

Life around the Java Hub

By Guest Blogger Timothy Beneke

At the Java Hub, Java’s flexibility was illustrated through a number of demos and displays. The message was clear: any Java developer can program in Java Embedded, so get your Raspberry Pi, connect it to your favorite device, and have fun with the Internet of Things (IoT). Aldebaran Robotics presented the friendly, 2-foot-tall, high-tech Nao robot, which can be used to enhance social awareness among autistic children. It danced, gave fist bumps, and seemed to drink in the attention. Across the room, a 3-D printer performed its magic, creating clones of Duke using JavaFX and Oracle Java Embedded.

James Gosling’s Wave Glider
A Liquid Robotics Wave Glider, with software developed by James Gosling, was also on display. Wave Glider, which looks like a souped-up yellow surfboard, is an autonomous water and solar-powered platform that transmits oceanic information such as water temperature and chemistry, wind speed, living organisms, and ocean bottom topography using Java SE Embedded applications for defense, oil and gas, and commercial and science customers.

Wave Glider has two parts, the surfboard-like “float” loaded with solar panels to recharge lithium-ion batteries—which resides at the ocean’s surface—and the sub, equipped with wings and tethered six meters below.  

Java Capabilities for the Green Power Industry

Alexander Belokrylov, product manager for Java ME Embedded, showed off Java ME capabilities for the green power industry, demonstrating how a Java ME Embedded application can control and monitor energy sources on a bicycle-driven electric generator.

“This is just a regular bicycle that illustrates the Raspberry Pi functionality,” explained Belokrylov. “Here it is connected to a bicycle, but it could also function with an irrigation system or many other things. The key point is that with Java ME and no libraries, we can run a fully autonomous system that connects to the cloud and measures energy usage. This is a small footprint and it can do a lot. We want Java developers to take this power and run with it!”



A Car that Knows You
Gary Collins, principal member of technical staff at Oracle, showed off the Telematics Car Demo from Sunday’s Java Strategy keynote, where a simulated electric car used Java ME Embedded data and JavaFX to aggregate and display temperature, speed, light sensor, crash, and other data. “The functionality enables a car to make adjustments for drivers,” explained Collins. “Suppose you drive this car from a rental agency and come back to rent it again. The agency can access data about you and adjust the car for temperature, seating position, preferred radio stations and many other applications. It’s a car that can learn your preferences and patterns.”


Playing with Java SE Embedded

Across from the car simulator, a row of Raspberry Pis interfaced with cubed light bulbs, Sphero Robotic Balls, XY-Plotters for drawing, and more. Attendees were invited to choose an “if statement” and then tweet, send an SMS message using a motion or light sensor, draw their names with a Java or Oracle logo or picture of Duke, and more. Light bulbs could light up in strange ways; a Sphero Ball could act crazy. It was all in the spirit of play to illustrate that Java SE Embedded offers a wide range of possibilities for developers who want to try out the IoT with Java 8.

    Monday Sep 29, 2014

    Save 15% Off Your JavaOne 2015 Pass

    Exciting news for JavaOne attendees! Anyone who attends 15 or more sessions will receive 15% off towards next year’s 2015 JavaOne conference during the whole registration period. This offer cannot be combined with other discounts. See Rules to Qualify!

    Example Promotion:  “Save 15% on next year’s JavaOne registration by attending 15 or more of your favorite sessions from the JavaOne content Catalog!”

    Rules

    • Must attend a minimum of fifteen (15) total JavaOne sessions during JavaOne 2014 and be scanned in by your JavaOne Registration badge.
    • You cannot attend more than one (1) session in any given timeslot; all attended sessions must have unique time/date.
    • If you are scanned into two (2) different sessions simultaneously you will only be counted for one (1) session and not two (2) sessions.
    • Sessions that count towards 15% discount for JavaOne 2015 Include:
      •  Tutorials
      •  Hands on Labs (HOL)
      •  Birds of a  Feather Sessions (BOFs)
      •  Ignite
    • Please note:  from the listed sessions, your badge must be scanned upon entering the session room to count towards the discount. Keynote and User Group forum sessions do not count towards discount.
    • The 15% discount can only be used towards JavaOne 2015 registration
    • This discount cannot be used in addition to other discounts or promotions going on during JavaOne 2015.
    • Attendees who qualify for the discount will be notified via email on Monday, October 20, 2014.
    • Government employees are ineligible for the discount and should defer to the Government discount for pricing.

    Duke High Five

    Watch as Duke delights JavaOne attendees who lined before the JavaOne keynotes on Sunday. 

    Sunday Sep 28, 2014

    User Group Sunday Kicks Things Off

    By Guest Blogger Bob Larsen, Java.net Editor

    JavaOne officially started today with User Group Sunday, and, as usual, gave a strong showing out of the gate with some tremendous sessions.  

    User Group Sunday sessions targeted both current and future Java User Group leaders, including “Starting a JUGgernaut: How to Start and Rapidly Grow Your JUG”  and “Tools for the Day-to-Day of JUG Management.”  

    There was also a wide selection of technical sessions including introductions to new features released in Java 8, demonstrations of exciting ways Java is currently being used, and panel sessions that allowed attendees to have their questions answered by the rock stars of the Java community.

    User Group Sunday took place concurrently with Netbeans Day.  Community members shared the interesting and myriad ways in which they are using both the Netbeans IDE and the Netbeans platform.  They also shared tricks and tools to help make Java developers more productive and even to teach the next generation of Java developers.

    Perhaps the most alarming announcement came when Juggy, the Java Finch, unveiled a prototype RoboJuggy, which is controlled by a Raspberry Pi running Java, of course.  Juggy plans to build an army of RoboJuggies to “spread Java everywhere through world domination.”  Community leaders have opened diplomatic negotiations with Juggy to deescalate the situation.

    2014 Duke's Choice Award Winners

    In this, the 12th year of the Duke’s Choice Awards, we are proud to recognize 12 winners for their innovative uses of Java. The 2014 winners are an eclectic bunch of developers, innovators, and educators. Some are using the Java platform to address real-world challenges to improve road and air safety, assist refugees, and increase grain crop quality and quantity to help feed the hungry. Others are promoting Java in home automation and game development, solving important technical issues, educating Africa’s Java community, and hoping to resolve a longstanding community debate.

    The 2014 Duke’s Choice Award winners are

    • Air Traffic Controller Selection System, TUBITAK BILGEM Informatics and Information Security Research Center. This computer-based testing system is used to help select and vet air traffic controllers.
    • Apache DeltaSpike, Apache Software Foundation (Community Choice Award winner). With this developer toolbox for Java Contexts and Dependency Injection for the Java EE 6 platform, developers can introduce and test new features in Java EE before they are standardized.
    • Apache TomEE, Apache Software Foundation. The TomEE server merges a certified Java EE 6 Web Profile stack with Tomcat, the leading Java web application server by market share.
    • Autonomous Vehicle Test System, Perrone Robotics for the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). Perrone Robotics worked with the IIHS to develop this Java-based system to test crash avoidance systems.
    • DukeScript, Eppleton IT Consulting and the NetBeans project. This alternative to Swing, SWT, and JavaFX runs on Android and iOS and enables true cross-platform Java.
    • IBFieldbook, International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center. This application helps design field trials and generate crop analysis and enhancement solutions.
    • JavaFXPorts, LodgON (Community Choice Award winner). This open source toolkit makes graphically rich Java and JavaFX available to mobile and tablet devices running iOS and Android operating systems.
    • JCertif International. Since its founding in 2010, this organization has trained 5,000 Java developers across Africa.
    • libGDX. Programmers can use this cross-platform game development framework to write, test, and debug Java games.
    • PiDome. This home automation and Internet of Things (IoT) platform marries Java and the Raspberry Pi.
    • Project JEDI, Java Education & Development Initiative (Community Choice Award winner). This community-driven organization provides free courseware and training on Java and open source technologies to colleges and universities around the world.
    • WFP Subsidy Card, e-finance for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and the World Food Programme. Based on Java smartcard technology, this card helps refugees get food through secure-card wallets.

    Congratulations to all the winners. Read more about them in the latest issue of Java Magazine and celebrate with the winners at the Duke's Café Open House at JavaOne on Sunday at 7 p.m.

    Java Magazine: What Will You Build Today?

    When was the last time you built something, just for the fun of it? Maybe it was yesterday, and that’s great. But if it’s been a while, we hope the latest issue of Java Magazine will inspire you. It celebrates the spirit of making and the people who are creating new and innovative technologies and services.

    In our interview with Dale Dougherty, Make: magazine founder and Maker Faire cocreator, we explore what’s behind the growing Maker Movement and how it relates to software development.

    We also recognize the winners of the 2014 Duke’s Choice Awards, which honor compelling and innovative uses of Java technology. These winning makers help ensure safer travel, feed hungry refugees, improve crop yields, provide cool technology, and aim to end a decade-long debate in the Java community.

    And we're excited to recognize the winners of the first-ever IoT Developer Challenge, who used embedded Java with computer boards and other devices and IoT technologies to showcase innovations in domotics, robotics, office design, authentication, and rating systems.

    Read the latest issue of Java Magazine today.

    Java: Twenty Years of Innovation

    2015 marks Java technology’s 20th year, and we’re starting the celebration early at JavaOne San Francisco. Show your Java pride: Get special commemorative items in the JavaOne and Oracle OpenWorld stores, including T-shirts and pilsner mugs. Plus, we dug through the JavaOne T-shirt archives and have produced a limited-edition classic JavaOne T-shirt. Don’t miss your chance to grab one at the JavaOne Community keynote on Thursday at 9 a.m.

    Saturday Sep 27, 2014

    JavaOne: It’s for Kids, Too

    The next generation of Java developers got a taste of programming and had fun at an all-day Devoxx4Kids event on Saturday, before the official kickoff of JavaOne. At this program, a collaboration between Oracle Academy and Devoxx4Kids, 150 kids, ages 10 to 18, got hands on and had fun with programming, robotics, and engineering. Topics included: Getting Started using Java with Alice, Creating Java Programs with Greenfoot, Lego Mindstorm Programming, Introduction to Python, Minecraft Modding, Raspberry Pi Gaming, Scratch with LeapMotion, Nao Humanoid Robot, and Introduction to Arduino.

    The cost of the event was $25 and kids attended four sessions of their choice.

    “Teaching children how to program must be a priority in a society where technology is becoming more and more important and Internet usage is also more and more important,” says Daniel de Luca, worldwide manager of the Devoxx4Kids initiative.

    Devoxx4Kids started in 2012 in Belgium with programming workshops for kids. The program aims to teach and inspire kids about computer programming while having fun. Since its founding, Devoxx4Kids has shared its curriculum with Java user groups and other organizations around the world.  To date, more than 80 Devoxx4Kids workshops have taken place, with 2,500 participants.

    “The kids are all excited . . . they are running around between workshops,” said Arun Gupta, of Devoxx4Kids Bay Area. “Our focus at Devoxx4Kids is to have a fun experience with technology. We need to train our kids in technology, and have them stay engaged in the technology at an early age. If we catch them raw, show them it’s fun, it’s possible, they won’t be scared.”

    Tim Gonzales, a 14-year-old participant from San Francisco, attended two morning Python workshops. “It’s been really cool . . . I really liked it,” he said. He plans on pursuing a career in technology. “The door to opportunity is just so open. I just need to find out my passion within technology.” He added that programs such as Devoxx4Kids can help him get where he needs to go.







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