Some Unsorted JavaOne Impressions

Did you see this year's nice JavaOne banners? Love the gradients and colors.

They look vaguely familiar though, don't you think?

Hm... ;-)

Cool things announced today: Blackberry, Sony, eBay, Oracle, they all love Sun, Java, or JavaFX (ranging from "respectively" to "all of the above")! There was a spiffy Sony Blueray presentation, the only thing I remember off the top of my head was this one "unique selling point" that made me laugh: "IM your friends while watching a movie!!!1!1!" Oh yeah? With NetBeans+Kenai.com you can even IM your friends as well as tweet, all while coding! Hah! Beat this, Blueray.

Seems I remember more of that demo than of Monday's general session. Someone please refresh my memory. You know, the segment where they had this mesmerizing "city lights by night" video loop in the background? Did I mention the video loop was exactly 8 seconds long? And that it was mesmerizing? o_O

(Heh. I just realized one of my colleagues here can make precisely this smilie face: o_O Very funny! Still trying to capture that on film.)

The big thing today of course was James Gosling's announcement of the store.java.com. Developers like you and I will be able to upload our Java apps, attach a price tag, and customers will be able to drag the app to their desktops to buy and install--pretty cool! You can join the beta program and vote on what buying method you prefer before the chosen one will be activated later this year. Presently there are free games like Solitaire and Runescape. But the private Beta is only available to US citizens, oh well...

Any beta store applicant here care to post a comment how you like it? (And most importantly: Did you get sucked into Runescape??) I talked to a guy after a session who said there were tags or something to specify whether your app was based on the jMonkeyEngine (and others)? Can anyone tell me whether these categories will be used used for licensing or packaging purposes?

Nandini actually mentioned the Java Store in her demo of the new visual JavaFX tools, just a few minutes before they officially announced it... I wonder whether she did that on purpose? :-P That would explain why the wireless was suddenly unusable in the hall, everyone tried to connect to tweet, blackberry, IM, skype, etc... Speaking of which, the wireless is called JavaOne (camel case), don't fall for the evil imposter JAVAONE (all caps).

Oh, and the JavaFX TV demo (JavaFX-written on-screen TV controls) memorably used the Big Buck Bunny open-source video: It's a cute short film, but the presenter was alert enough to call up a sports screen before it got to the scene where the squirrel KILLS THE BUTTERFLY!! I don't like this video. =-[ Nor can I warm up to the other open-source video, Elephant's Dream. Yes, I agree, it's extremely well done and creative, but the characters creep me out.

Oh, and I also went to the Maker Faire near San Mateo right before JavaOne, got some footage of steampunks and stuff, but no Mac/iMovie at hand right now.

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