JavaOne redux, plus MongoDB
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I had hoped, reasonably expected even, to blog daily from JavaOne. Major pipe dream! I was so busy and engaged that instead of ripping off entries (I'm an editor after all, and nothing is ever off-the-cuff) I simply took notes, logged miles of conversation, and did my best to absorb all that the conference had to offer.
I heard a variety of opinions about JavaOne, from the grumblers annoyed at being relegated to hotels to those who felt Oracle did the best they could within the time-frame following the acquisition -- and did a damn good job. I think the truth lies somewhere in the middle. The conference was definitely vigorous and full of energy, but the logistics were terrible, and it was more of a circus than a conference at times. But the sessions were good, the speakers solid, and the activities enjoyable. I didn't partake in the Treasure Island extravaganza, having another obligation, but from all accounts the circus theme carried on there as well.
Some items of note:
I was able to meet with several of my regular contributors, internal and external to IBM, and chat up a number of potential writers. If any of those pan out (intention is one thing, actually producing content is quite another!), the Java zone will have a whole new set of topics, writers, and perspectives in the coming months. One notable standout was Mark Stoodley, a senior engineer at BM whose session on reducing pauses in Java applications garnered so much attention that Oracle added a duplicate session and moved both to larger rooms to accommodate the interest. Mark's written and co-authored a number of excellent (albeit way over my head) articles on Real-time Java. His session was easy to follow and offered good guidance with a touch of humor to keep the audience involved.
One amusing thing, at least to me: I saw a woman with a "developerWorks Live" backpack, circa 2002. Her comment when I flagged her down and inquired: "Your message is still being carried far and wide!"
On other fronts, today we posted a MongoDB double-header. In addition to Andrew Glover's Java development 2.0 column, "MongoDB: A NoSQL datastore with (all the right) RDBMS moves," we also have a podcast with Eliot Horowitz, CTO of 10gen The gist: This document-oriented open source alternative to CouchDB is worth a look.<
We also posted a new installment of Evolutionary architecture and emergent design. While this series doesn't generate the excitement of some other things we publish, Neal Ford's insight is not to be missed. As a consultant with ThoughtWorks, known for its expertise (think Martin Fowler), Neal's choice in topics may not be sexy, but they are timely and useful and worth your time.