Last day of this years Jazoon.
- The Android Runtime Environment by Joerg Pleumann from Noser Engineering (which contribute a lot to the Android codebase)
- Android Application Model by Dominik Gruntz
- Ed Burns on JavaEE and JavaFX integration. Entertaining and interesting as usual. Thanks Ed !
- Daniel Seiler on the ZK Ajax framework. Thanks for the confirmation of my choice of framework.
My final resume and feedback:
- A very good location in terms of conference room quality, since this is a movie theatre with great accoustic and projection.
- Good mix of topics and tracks. Anyone who is doing something with Java will find his cup of tea (eeer.. Java).
- Some “famous” folks to get hands on them and discuss face to face.
- As in all conferences: some speakers cannot present. Sorry to say so. It is boring to read slides with tons of text.
- Not enough wireless “plugins”. Seems some of the attendees were operating datacentres during the conference and hacking away during the whole time. Thanks for not sharing wireless space.
- Maybe a bit too expensive, but location, catering and speakers cost money I guess.
- I will join this event again next year.
Skipping the keynote I joined the following sessions:
- Securing AJAX Applications by Moritz Kuhn and Philipp Färber from AdNovum Informatik AG
- A complete Tour of JSF 2.0 (again by Ed Burns)
- SLF4J and logback by Ceki Gülcü from QOS.CH. I will definitely look at this logging framework soon as an powerful alternative to standard java.util.logging (link)
- Short introduction to JavaFX Rich Internet Applications connecting to GlassFish Java EE 5 services by Ludovic Champenois from Sun Microsystems.
- Gaming with JavaFX: Developing the Next Generation of Casual Games
New to Jazoon was the Jazoon Rookie Contest, where the 3 choosen finalists presenteded their concepts, ideas or application. This years winners is João Arthur Brunet Monteiro with quite an impressive wizard to verify sourcecode against design conventions (read more at jazoon.com).The day ended with Jazoon Party.
More info on Jazoon 2009 at jazoon.com.
The opening session of day 1 of this years Jazoon conference (which seems to be no.2 in size following Javapolis, now called Devoxx) was opened with a keynote by James Gosling (wiki link), the famous brain behind or father of Java. An impressive person and it is an unique experience to hear him talking live, even I am sure he is used to this publicity fuzz, treated like a rockstar (take note of the book Secrets of Rockstar Programmers by Ed Burns that also covers James Gosling).
Further tracks I attended:
- Dierk Koenig (author of Groovy in Action) on Usage Patterns for Groovy (link). Who is not looking yet at Groovy should be doing so soon.
- Design Pattern in Dynamic Languages by Neal Ford (blog).
- Hand Dockter about the build-system Gradle (link). The build system without stable release yet, tries to find its place somewhere in the ANT and MAVEN landscape offering some more dynamic features.
- Next generation Builds for Enterprise Systems with Maven, Hudson, Nexus and more by Jason van Zyl (bit too complex and too many features for me)
- Java Rule Engines. ILog versus Drools. A short overview.
Keynote by Neal Ford on how to stay up-to-date with technology and predict upcoming hits and flops. This is my third time I joins his sessions on various topics. He is definetly very experienced and entertaining presenter. Followed by Ivar Jacobson (one of the 3 amigos, link) on agile and smart methodology/strategies.
More info on Jazoon 2009 at jazoon.com.
Before the official start of the 3 day conference one could join either an OSGi conference or the Glassfish Community Day, I selected the later one and got some updates on Glassfish V3 and upcoming Java EE6. Alexis MP on Glassfish, its roadmap and features of the Enterprise Manager (you get as subscriber). Roberto Chinnici (JSR lead) on the the latest developments in EE6 due to be out in September this year. Marek Potociar on Metro, the Webservice stack in Glassfish. Jerome Doches on Glassfish V3 (now out as preview version). Ed Burns on JSF 2.0.
Definitely a day worth attending (even it was free), this year surely gonna be interesting with some new releases around the corner.
- Polling the crowd I noticed the majority uses Eclipse, followed by Netbeans and some using IntelliJ IDEA.
- Glassfish has the steepest download rate of all application server, the competing products are even declining. (Not sure about that)
- Seems the final releas of Netbeans 6.7 will be out this week.
- There will be a Netbeans 6.8. I thought we are walking towards version 7.
- Android SDK 1.5
The new release is on its way and a early version is available for download. Some new features (onscreen keyboard, home screen widgets) will be in the API. Have a look at the Android Blog (link).
- Jazoon 2009
Today is the last chance to grab a seat at a reduced early bird price of 1035 Euro for the 3 day Java conference in Zurich, Switzerland. (link)
- Netbeans Collab Server
The service at share.java.net is discontinued from April 20th 2009. You better start looking for an alternative. The only one I know is to setup your own OpenFire Server (link). More information on the topic at netbeans.org (link)
The international conference on Java Technology hosted in Zurich, Switzerland. It will take place from June 22-25 2009. More info at link