Thoughts on JavaOne.
I attended JavaOne 2010. I attended the first JavaOne in 1996 and have only missed three over the past fourteen years.
This one was extremely different for several obvious reasons:
1) It ran concurrently with Oracle Open World
2) It was hosted by Oracle and not Sun
Very different. Here are the things that struck me the most:
Thomas Kurian in a suit and tie delivering a polished presentation but all business. All the demos were great but a few were delivered via a video recording. Made me think back to Rich Green wearing jeans, boots and a black tee shirt also giving a polished presentation but cracking a few jokes giving cutting edge demos some of which would crash, but crash with humor and charm. Kudos to Nandini who was on stage with both of them and adopted beautifully to both styles.
Most of my time was spent in the Hilton this year. Not the Moscone as in years past. It was impossible to get a feel for how well the show was attended. The one Keynote at Moscone was packed. Not sure how many were Oracle world attendees and how many were JavaOne attendees.
Some speakers that were notably missing:
1. James Gosling
2. Gavin King
3. Rod Johnson
However, plenty of great talks, here are some of the ones I attended that I especially enjoyed.
1. Technical KeyNote (I especially enjoyed Mark Reinhold’s use of animation in his slides, came off great). As always Roberto and Arun did a great job. Couldn’t stay for the third speaker.
2. Mark Little’s talk on Transactions given at the JBoss booth.
3. RDBMS vs. NoSQL a shootout. RDBMS guy vs. a Java guy. Two guys from Verisign guys did an amazing job. I will have a separate blog on this.
4. What’s new EJB by Mahesh and Marianne
5. Spring Roo
Also, some really exciting new comers with booths:
1. Cloud Bees. http://cloudbees.com/ A platform as a service company founded by Sacha Labourey. Also working with Sacha are Vivek Pandey and Ryan Campball. Three excellent people who I have had the great pleasure of working with. In my opinion a can’t miss company. I with them all the best!!
2. InfraDNA http://www.infradna.com/ . A company founded by Kohsuke Kawaguchi. He is joined by Kedar Mhaswade. Also, two of my favorite people and a can’t miss effort. Wishing them best as well.
All in all, Oracle gave a pretty good show. It is going to be a very interesting year for Java. However, not nearly as interesting as it will be for PostgreSQL . Seriously, after working with these folks and this community, I now feel about PostgreSQL in 2010 like I did about Java in 1996.JavaOne recap.