JavaOne: NetBeans Day, Fireside Chat: Photos

I went to JavaOne in San Francisco today. Today was all about NetBeans. And what a turn out. Something like 1,300 people registered for this day of keynotes and technical sessions. I don't know how many people were actually there, but I waited in line a lot, that's for sure. And the keynote room was packed with guys standing all along the back wall several rows deep. It was amazing. Great to see. I used to do PR for the NetBeans guys a few years ago, and back then competitors and industry observers were telling Sun to just toss in the towel on NetBeans. Ha! The NetBeans community continues to grow and continues to impress, and I bet the NetBeans community is a major influence on the Java community as a whole.

The best part of the day was catching up with some people I know to talk about their experiences building communities. I try to observe other communities and learn from them. I figure, they've done all this before we have, so there's a great deal we can learn. People are always helpful, too, and I hope to return the favor some day.

Also cool was Rich Green and Jonathan Schwartz talking about open source Java. A pretty significant change in conversation, I 'd say.

I also went to the JavaOne Alumni Fireside Chat in the early evening, which is cool. It's basically an open Q&A. No presos. No messages. Just an open conversation with the most senior guys of Java.

Tomorrow and Wednesday, the OpenSolaris community has several things planned (Freedom Toaster, SVOSUG meeting, blogger party, booth demos). I'll take some pictures. If you are around, stop by the Sun booth. I'd love to meet.

Here are some snaps from today.
The full set on flickr.

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There are more. The full set is on flickr.

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