JavaOne: A Look Back, and Predictions For This YearIt's that time of year
again for those of us in the enterprise Java Community. JavaOne descends upon
us like the monsoon. It's a force of nature and you'd better be prepared for
it. BEA is a Platinum sponsor again this year, another sign of our continuing
fealty and devotion to the Java Platform and its community. I have been at
every JavaOne since 1995, and the show has changed quite a bit. It is also
interesting to recall who Sun's cast of characters was at the individual
shows. Except for Gosling and McNealy(and despite the latest news, he's not
really gone), there has been quite a turnover in the faces that have shown up
to lead the show. The show has also waned in its energy over the past years,
down from its Bubble-induced high of 26,000 attendees. Last year's attendance
felt a bit like around 10,000, though i... (more)
The LinuxWorld San Francisco 2004 Conference & Expo opened yesterday with a
Red Hat keynote which at times seemed like a case study and at times like a
political candidate's speech.
The keynote opened with a talk by Chris Hjelm, CTO of online travel site
Orbitz. Since its public launch in 2001, Orbitz has become one of the three
largest online travel companies with access to 455 airlines, 65,000 hotel
properties, and 23 rental car companies. It also touts 20% more choice than
its competitors in terms of travel options returned.
Linux - and Java - have played an important role in O... (more)
Day one of BEA World started out with the usual fanfare at a packed hall, and
our Liquid Thinking video in Chinese. The master of ceremonies was Sichen Yu,
one of the key technical people in China. Marcus Tsoi, the General Manager of
our China business then kicked the day off by welcoming and thinking out
He then introduced Steve Au Yeung, who runs the entire APAC region for us.
Steve talked about the growth in several countries in APAC, not just China,
including India and others. He then introduced Alfred Chuang, our CEO and
Chairman. He stressed the importance of SOA,... (more)
As I was traveling across Asia and hanging out in waiting rooms, customs
lines, etc., my mind turns to the future, since the present is so dull. In
our business you always have to keep wondering "What is the next big thing?".
The more I think about it, "Semantics" always seems to bubble up to the top.
To be clear, Semantics is the study of meaning. But its much more than that.
Everything old is new again
Note that I did not say Semantics is the next New thing. In fact, The pursuit
of "Semantic Technology" is by no means a new pursuit. The earliest research
on semantics and compute... (more)
Bill Roth's Blog
Another BEA World is upon us, and this year things are a bit different. In
addition to the usual developer content, the focus of this year's event is to
focus on how real customers are using the technology. Alfred ChuangAlfred
started out by talking about his core believe that we are on the cusp of
fundamental change, with the advent of iPods, Web 2.0, and social networks.
He started with a discussion of Mashups, and talked about how most of them
are consumer facing. He then said "The era of innovation in packaged
applications is over." He then called out the key... (more)