Best Tips for Attending JavaOne

NetBeans Podcast cohost Geertjan and I recently recorded an episode around JavaOne; we asked two guests: Toni Epple and John Yeary, about their tips for how attendees can get the most out of the conference.

About Toni and John: Between them, they have a combined 20 years of JavaOne experience from which they shared a number of useful conference tips that you can hear on the recording. After the interview, it occurred to me that the tips could definitely benefit a wider audience beyond the podcast.

Here's a mashup of things to do to have a productive and fun experience at JavaOne:

  • Pre-register for sessions. The popular sessions and labs tend to fill up fast. 
  • Stick to a theme. There's so much content at JavaOne it's easy to get overwhelmed. If you have a certain tech focus--Java EE, for example--keep the majority if not all of your sessions in that area.
  • Get to your sessions early.
  • Linger after a session. According to John, there's a good reason for this: the attendees who stay behind tend to have the most interest in a topic and are the ones with whom you can exchange ideas and develop strong professional and personal ties. Another reason to stay behind is to....
  • Talk to the speakers. They're developers just like you and friendly. And they really love to talk about their topic. (They wouldn't be at JavaOne otherwise!) Approach speakers after their talks and ask questions. It's a good way to learn more and build connections.
  • Identify your peers. How? Easy. The developers you keep seeing at similar sessions over and over again. Those who stay after a session is over chatting with each and/or approaching the speakers.
  • Schedule down time to hang out and have fun. Yes, JavaOne is about great technical content, but it's also a social destination! Drop by the Java.net booth and chat with the crew there. Attend the Java User Group events and parties and meet other developers.

Do you have your own tips from past JavaOne conferences? Share them in the "Comments".

Get more JavaOne tips from other NetBeans Community Speakers.

Comments:

While I definitely agree with the sentiment of "Stick to a theme", I also think you should go to an introductory session on something you know nothing about...

At the very least it might get you to think about something in a new way or confirm your 'prejudices' but there are lots of very flexible,exciting Java technologies out there which are worth at least knowing about.

Posted by mark stephens on September 03, 2013 at 07:30 AM CEST #

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