In Anticipation of JavaOne 2011, Number 16

9/22/11  As I write this, JavaOne 2011 is a little over a week away -- the sixteenth JavaOne and I’ve attended most of them (so now you know my age -- ;)  ). The first JavaOne was in 1996 and by the next year, with 8,000 attendees, it was, at the time, the largest developer conference in the world.

Each JavaOne has a particular mood, a certain set of unanswered questions – some more clear and pronounced than others. Some are more manic; some more subdued and tinged with caution. All teem with enthusiasm. I'm anticipating this year will be a good one. Oracle’s stewardship of Java is better known and it’s very strong commitment to the success of the platform is clear to most developers.

Looking back, certain things stick in my mind: Perennial host John Gage who was for years director of research at Sun insisting that “Sleep is not an option!” James Gosling finding ever more creative ways to propel tee-shirts into the audience. Scott McNealy introducing Bill Joy and announcing that the average IQ of the people on the stage was about to skyrocket! Goofier and goofier demos often presented by Simon Ritter with that wry smile of his. One of the joys of covering so many JavaOnes is being a part of the fun-loving spirit that Java developers share.

I have to work to shake the sense of newness and innovation that surrounds and pervades my understanding and feelings about Java in order to realize that for many young developers, Java seems old and established and fixed.

Bruno Souza remarks on how JavaOne is the place to be because everyone in the world-of-Java is there. It’s a place to put a face to a name, to catch up on what’s hot; to get a glimpse of the smartest technologies coming online, and share in the vibrant enthusiasm for a great technology that feeds both the soul and the pocketbook.


It’s important to keep in mind the very tangible benefits of JavaOne. It’s a place to:

Improve your working knowledge and coding expertise

Choose from more than 400 sessions, including technical sessions, BOFs, keynotes, and hands-on labs

Learn from the world’s foremost Java experts

Follow in-depth technical tracks to focus on the Java technology that interests you most

Meet with fellow developers in formal and casual settings

Enjoy world-class networking and entertainment events

See you there!


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