Spoona Sutra - another Java conference trip report
By Tor Norbye on Dec 13, 2005
I'm spending this week in Europe. Yesterday I was in Antwerp for JavaPolis - an annual Java conference in Belgium hosted by the local (and very active) user group. I did a talk on Creator. I basically lost my voice the previous night through heated and interesting discussion... so talking for two hours the following afternoon was pretty tough. And not good for voice recovery - so I'm not sure I can do a remote podcast with the guys this week. Too bad, since I had dinner with Romain Guy last night and can finally pronounce his name correctly!
The conference was held in a really interesting venue: a modern movie theater (which perhaps explains the name - the movie theater is named Metropolis). That meant the seating was unbelievably comfortable - soft seats, tall backs (tall enough that you can rest your head), and best of all - a giant projection screen - the movie screen itself. It's pretty amazing to see your tool running on a giant movie screen! No need to worry about small fonts... The picture on the right shows Ludo in action.
To combat the jetlag I went and grabbed some coffee. I added sugar, but couldn't find spoons anywhere. So I had to stir with my finger. Then I noticed where all the spoons had gone - and what they're doing! (Yes, that's the official artwork used by the conference - on slide templates, on publicity posters, on T-shirts, etc!)
Unfortunately I could only stay in Antwerp one day. I'm spending the rest of the week in Prague, where we're having many important planning meetings. I'm sure I will miss many interesting presentations. During Ludo's presentation yesterday morning he demoed a new AJAX-ified version of PetStore. It looked fabulous. He also mentioned the high performant "Grizzly" engine in Glassfish, which uses java.nio to get extremely high performance. I'm going to find out more!