JavaOne 12: Wednesday PM

I had to be back in Palo Alto for personal reasons on Wednesday morning, so I didn't get back to the conference until the late afternoon. After dealing with some last-minute issues with the Darkstar lab, I went to the Intel general session. Less than thrilling. The Intel spokewoman gave a long spiel on how wonderful Intel chips are and wanted everyone to know that Intel is working with Sun to make sure that Java runs best on Intel. For me there were only two interesting points: 1) Intel has already shipped 1 million quad-core units, whereas AMD hasn't shipped 1, and 2) Intel will provide an Itanium port for Java, and Sun will host it on java.sun.com.

After the general session, I caught the NIO talk (TS-2992). What I learned is that I don't know jack about NIO. The 6 tips and tricks the speakers presented didn't mean a thing to me. Oh, well

After that I went to the Java performance BOF (BOF-2366), where people asked very specific questions about API's haven't had a reason to use. What's up with that? I used to be Java savvy. I guess I just haven't had a reason to use some of the newer, deeper APIs yet. That's the trouble with being on the engineering team for a C-based product.

I had to leave the BOF early to be at the Darkstar lab 20 minutes early. The lab went really well. All of the feedback I got was extremely positive. As far as I can tell, we hit it out of the park. Even though the lab was scheduled to end at 22:45, we ended up staying until 0:15. People just didn't want to leave!

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