Wednesday Sep 18, 2013

Tech Publishing Tips at JavaOne 2013

You've got tech knowledge aplenty to share. Maybe you blog. Or speak at conferences. Or conduct trainings. Or offer consulting services.

But have you thought of writing a technical book?

The fame, the fortune, the glory! (Okay, we may be stretching here....but anything is possible!) 

If you've seriously considered taking a step towards publishing a tech book or you're merely curious about what it would take, join me at JavaOne for the BOF panel session: So You Want to Be a Published Technical Author?, where I ask three publishers and two authors about the ins-and-outs of breaking into technical publishing.

The conference catalog currently lists two speakers (JavaOne system limit), but here's the full lineup:

  • "The Publishers"
    • Meghan Blanchette, O'Reilly Media
    • Joel Murach, Murach Books
    • Erol Staveley, Packt Publishing
  • "The Authors"

Bring your questions on anything and everything you'd like to know about getting published! It's sure to be an informative hour.

BOF3692 (in the conference's content catalog)
Monday, September 23
8:30pm - 9:15pm
Hilton Continental Ballroom 5

*My other session at JavaOne: Java Trends in Africa

Monday Sep 02, 2013

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.

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Call me "Tinu". I'm a Principal Program Manager for NetBeans IDE in Oracle's Developer Tools organization, and Country Lead for the Czech Republic chapter of Oracle Women's Leadership (OWL).

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