JavaOne, Day 1
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Today has been insane -- and it's not over. As a telecommuter who generally works silently in her office in her pajamas, with only the dog to discuss topics of the day, the shift in activity and sheer human presence is overwhelming. But SF is my home, and being back here always has a positive effect on my outlook.
I arrived last night after a short flight on which I sat next to a product manager from ILOG, which was acquired by IBM in 2008ish. I noticed he was flipping through some slides on his Lenovo laptop and asked if he was an IBMer. We struck up a conversation. A serendipitous meeting, as I don't always have occasion to talk to internal colleagues as much as you might think.
But I digress.
I headed straight from SFO to dinner with Brian Goetz, Architect for Java Language and Libraries at Oracle. I've known Brian for years, and I appreciated his undivided attention as we discussed the acquisition of Sun, his new position in Oracle, and what the change in ownership means for Java. He's feeling very positive, and it was infectious: I feel invigorated about the future of the Java platform.
Because JavaOne was scheduled to coincide with Oracle Develop and Oracle OpenWorld, though in different locations, the downtown and SOMA areas are teeming with backpacked, badged people. I heard 45K floated as the attendance, which is impressive. JavaOne is less than half of that total, I'm sure, but still ample. Some faulty logistics aside (by the time the acquisition went through a solo JavaOne in June was likely too difficult to pull off), the conference is humming along with all the intellectual energy, intensity, fun -- and perks (I'll be hitting up the "tap and brew" a little later!) -- you'd expect.
I've been attending sessions and having serendipitous side chats all day (universal JVM, JDK 7 schedule, project lambda), and am awaiting the evening's keynote before I head out to the various the nighttime activities. Tomorrow I plan to spend some quality time in the exhibit hall, as well as catch up with some IBMers who are here presenting.
If you're at JavaOne, I'd be interested to hear your thoughts, or if you're not here, and want information and/or my opinion on something specific, let me know.