We have almost finished the plans
for the NetBeans day in San Francisco. It's the last stop of the NetBeans World Tour. The official schedule
omits some of the juicy details... we will also have very interesting partners on stage talking about NetBeans and demoing NetBeans.
I am especially looking forward to see what Joshua Bloch and Neal Gafter will present (did you know that some of the Jackpot
rules are inspired by the Effective Java
book?). We will have Jonathan Schwartz for the keynote, last year he was very much surprised because he expected something like 50 people, but there was a full room instead... so hopefully he will shave this time :)
We also have nice giveways - first 400 attendees will receive the new revision of the NetBeans IDE Field Guide. It contains new chapters and a lot of updates for version 5.0, it's a must have book for any NetBeans fan. First 400 attendees will get a free NetBeans 256 MB USB stick, too. And of course we'll be throwing in some nice T-shirts as usual. I had in my hands the sling James Gosling is using for t-shirt hurling (it requires 3 people to operate) and it's a nice weapon... we'll see if James will bring his "baby".
What else can you look forward? Demos of the next version of Matisse, talks about the future of NetBeans, Charles Beckham (it's a real showman), we will recognize community members for their contributions, you will be able to meet NetBeans engineers in person and we'll have free drinks at the end of the day with signatures of the new NetBeans book. You will also be able to see some cool demos of Java EE 5 & NetBeans (a bit similar to what you get with Ruby on Rails) and the mobility guys will most probably show how to use Matisse to develop mobile applications (did you know that some phones support AWT?).
So there's a lot of things to look forward, I'll be attending NetBeans day rather as a visitor, although I may also show up on stage... we'll see, we still have 23 days to figure out what else we can add to make this NetBeans day really special ;)