Monday Jun 28, 2004

JavaOne: The Cannon

This is what Gosling used to fire some Java T shirts into the keynote audience this morning! A Java Cannon.


JavaOne: Alumni Fireside Chat

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.
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