This is what Gosling used to fire some Java T shirts into the keynote
this morning! A Java Cannon.
So cool. I'm an alumni. :) Finally. I feel special. Along with the 500
or so other guys in the room. After four trips to JavaOne, my badge finally lets me
into the Alumni Fireside Chat with James Gosling, Graham Hamilton, Rob
Gingell, Tim Lindholm and moderated by Paul Pangaro. I have a lot of
respect for those guys, and have worked with them from time to time
while I was in Software PR.
After a nice intro (and then a really strange video sequence from
Schwartz), Paul simply introduced the guys to the stage and began a
rapid fire, well moderated Q&A from the audience. An hour and an
half of deeply technical questions. NetBeans vs Eclipse, open source
Java, Swing vs SWT, multi language support, and all sorts of stuff I
couldn't even begin to explain because, well, I have no clue.
The highlight for me, though, was when Gingell was answering the open
source Java question -- or actually deflecting the question to
Thursday's keynote panel on just that issue -- he brought up open
source Solaris! Very nice. Just a quick mention ... that Sun had
announced it, and that he had been pushing it for more than four years
now. I remember doing press interviews with him on this years ago.
Well, it turns out that I work on that program now, so I'm looking for
all the senior executive support I can get. I'd love to set up a
Fireside Chat for the Solaris kernel engineering team when we open
source the code. The guys are blogging on blogs.sun.com, so the
conversation has already begun ... they are doing a pretty damn good
job of engaging the early open Solaris community.
One more thing about this Fireside Chat -- No slides. No speeches. No
marketing. No bullshit. Just content and conversation with a little
controversy. And pizza, too.