Pre-JavaOne 2006

My non-blogging-heathen buddy Greg and I arrived at the Moscone Center at the bright-and-early hour of 7:00am to do our last run-through of the Hands-On labs.

My highly evolved 6th sense makes me think we will never see the Moscone Center this dead for the remainder of the week.



Greg is on the right. Alexis is on the left. Yes, that's the same Alexis I pic'd last year. No, I don't have a "thing" for Alexis. Pure coincedence.



You might say that some session registration kinks still need to get worked out before tomorrow:



After about 3 hours of lab testing, it was time to head over for NetBeans Day. The line actually went downstairs and well outside the lobby.



Roughly 1350 signed up. Roughly 600 seats. Me-thinks we have to reconsider the venue next year. Or the Argent will have to tear down a few walls. A packed house:



Tim Bray was in the house.



As was Jonathan (pictured below) and Rich Green.



Jonathan, "acting on behalf of developers", asked Rich Green if Java was going to be Open Sourced. The answer? In more or less words, it sounds like it is being considered. As expected, the reason (IMHO) for hesitancy is compatibility. Sun's not entirely against the idea and the point was made to talk to continue to talk to Sun on the topic.In particular, talk to Rich Green.

From Rick Ross' perspective via an email out to JavaLobby members:

"Rich spoke a bit about the complexity of open sourcing Java and issues Sun and others would need to iron out carefully, but then he wrapped it up with a short answer that says a lot, "Why not?" I imagine there will be many hurdles to clear with lawyers, partners and competitors, but I think we all heard Rich Green tell us that open source Java is a very realistic possibility for the future."

After the keynote, it was time for a quick lunch and then back to the hands-on labs. Sorry, no pics. It'd be kinda redundant.
Comments:

Man I wish I could attend that sort of stuff. Sigh, maybe someday if my work ever gets a IS budget again (last I heard they wanted 10% of our budget to cover shortfalls, stupid government) above the 2% we get now... That or I need to win the lottery or find a better paying job to afford it on my own. And people say government employee's make bank, phhffft! I know horrible teenage html monkeys that make more then I will ever top out at.

Posted by Jeffrey Olson on May 16, 2006 at 12:22 AM PDT #

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