The JCP was a sponsor of the Early Adopter area at JavaLand in Germany last week. This is a summary by guest blogger, Andreas Badelt - DOAG (@sigjava).
The second edition of JavaLand again lived up to the motto "From the Community for the Community". The "Early Adopters' Area" was one of the central initiatives in this. Its focus is mainly on the two activities where the Community gets involved to bring core Java forward: Adopt-a-JSR to support the Specification Requests which define the language and platform standards, and Adopt-OpenJDK to support the development of the JVM and JDK.
Over the two days of JavaLand, around 100 people joined us in the area - JSR Expert group leads and OpenJDK evangelists discussing the latest features and standards with conference attendees. They shared their knowledge and encouraged attendees to contribute to the future of Java, while at the same time taking home a lot of valuable feedback for their work.
The Early Adopters' Area is not designed as a mass event - it very much lives from the intense discussions and from the balance between scheduled mini-workshops, hacking, and spontaneous sessions and group discussions. That way, it offers more for people to connect with each other, and also dive much deeper into the core of Java.
The "lineup" this year was even better than 2014, there was something in for everybody:
- Heather vanCura gave insight how to get involved with the Java Community Process as such and the Adopt-a-JSR initiative.
- Ed Burns discussed JavaServer Faces and HTTP/2 in Java SE 9.
- Anatole Tresch presented the Money&Currency specification, as well as Apache Tamaya, the intended start for a Java Configuration JSR.
- Mani Sarkar and Daniel Bryant talked about the OpenJDK and showed people how to compile their own version of upcoming JDK9 using the new modularisation.
- Alex Snaps and Peter Lawrey provided tips & tricks on JCache and also talked about the (erstwhile withdrawn) Data Grids JSR.
- Roland Huß gave insight into the just started Java EE Management JSR and the Jolokia project which may be a starting point for the reference implementation.
- Ivar Grimstad brought details and practical examples of the new MVC JSR.
- Andres Almiray took the new Desktop|Embedded Application API to JavaLand, and also showed the Asciidoctor project together with Dan Allen, as well as "useful gradle plugins".
- Yara and Vinicius Senger demonstrated their pre-assembled IoT computer Surfboard and different usage scenarios.
- Mark Struberg, Bruno Borges, Arun Gupta and others started a deep dive discussion on CDI.
- Also, there were two combined vJUG/Nighthacking live sessions on Adopt-a-JSR and Adopt-OpenJDK with Heather, Ed, Andres, Anatole, Mani, Daniel which were broadcast from JavaLand. Check out the Nighthacking Interview Videos.
And probably some of the ad-hoc sessions and group discussions that took place are missing in the list, as it was just too much too keep track of everything. Some pictures of the area are on the JCP Flickr site
A big thank you to everyone who participated in this vibrant event, take your enthusiasm on to help shaping the future of Java. And hopefully see you again next March at JavaLand 2016!