JavaOne fever

Yes, it's that time of the year again. In 2 weeks from now, JavaOne 2009 will be halfway. I expect it is going to be one of the most interesting JavaOne conferences ever.

Two years ago, JavaFX was the big announcement at JavaOne. I didn't expect to see something huge last year. Too many new stuff might cause the impression that Java is only about hypes. Most important to me last year was the GlassFish roadmap, and the meeting with the GlassFish people. In a short timeframe, GlassFish has established itself as the Reference Implementation for Java EE, in a number of ways. JavaOne 2008 convinced me that Java in general and GlassFish in particular are in a healthy shape.

This year is going to be different. Major shakeups happened over the past 12 months, and they will influence the JavaOne conference.

  • Most parts of the world suffer from a recession
  • Sun is in the process of being acquired by Oracle
  • Jonathan Schwartz announced the Java App Store
  • Swine flu

Software development is a continuous process, but at a number of times, revolutions happen in a short time. Jumps happen every now and then, and maybe this year at JavaOne.

I am curious about the tagline of JavaOne this year. I hope it has something to do with innovation. In the 14 years of Java history, innovation was never so much needed as it is now. I am convinced that the Java platform and the Java language can help us dealing with the challenges we are facing today. Java is already everywhere, but it should be available even more everywhere, and it should be easier to deploy applications "everywhere". Today, it is easy for a developer to create a Java application for a cell phone, or a digital TV. But it is still hard to get your application deployed on a high number of these embedded devices. That is not motivating developers. This issue should be solved soon.

Anyway, I hope to see many interesting people, to hear great announcements, and to attend useful sessions at JavaOne.
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written on 20 May 2009 20:23.

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