Notes of General Session @ JavaOne
By John Clingan on May 16, 2006
I'm not exactly sure what the numbers of attendees is, but I bet it's in the 15,000 range. The rumors of Java's demise are greatly exaggerated. I'm sitting in the general session on day 1, which is an excellent measuring stick for estimating numbers. I'd say roughly ¾ of the seating after collapsing empty seats, is utilized.
As usual, John Gage acts as moderator, clarifying the new logistics plan. That is, pre-registering for sessions and getting in line first. Those who don't register get placed in a backup line. Any left over seating goes to that line. This is an attempt to improve the quality of the JavaOne experience by appropriately matching sessions to room capacity. We'll have to see how this works out.
Jonathan then takes the stage as Chief Java Evangelist. Jonathan is also asking for developers to join the JCP. Any individual can join and participate. Ed Zander then took the stage to talk about openness and mobility. This is the 3rd year in a row that mobility has taken the front seat at JavaOne. An interesting statistic that shows why: Motorola alone outships the PC in a year: 200 million (Java enabled?) cell phones. Yesterday, Sprint was on stage at NetBeans day showing mobile multimedia. Both Sprint and Motorola have endorsed NetBeans, by the way.
Mark of Canonical Inc, stated that Java will be easily available for Ubuntu, Debian and Gentoo Linux due to some changes in the Java SE licenses. There were hints(?) of Ubuntu being ported to the Niagara.
Marc Fluery then took the stage to
jointly announce that JBoss is joining the NetBeans community. Quite
a bit of applause ensued. There were hints of more to come in the
JBoss/ RedHat/Sun relationship. Note the Red "Hat" (Beret).
Rich was (again) asked the Open Source Java by Jonathan. “There are two battling forces”. The first, is top completely open up the platform. The other is that compatibility matters. “The question isn't whether, the question is how”. Join the JCP and help make it happen.
Jeff Jackson then talked about JEE 5's release and how it is ready for prime time. You can download the bits now.