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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)

In Medias Res

JavaOne always provides plenty of food for thought. JavaOne 2003 was no exception. This year, Alan Williamson, our beloved editor-in-chief, organized a "birds-of-a-feather" session for the JDJ editorial board. This is quite an auspicious bunch, and this session provided an opportunity for us to meet face-to-face for the first time. The panel started out a bit slowly, and was initially lightly attended. I suspect this was because it was scheduled early in the evening by JavaOne standards, at 9:30 p.m. But after a few obligatory questions on JDK 1.5 and the JCP, people began strea... (more)

Java on Linux: State of the Union

Linux is taking the world of Java application servers by storm. Recently, Sun Microsystems hosted an event to tout the adoption of the latest version of the enterprise Java platform, known as Java 2 platform, Enterprise Edition or simply J2EE 1.4. At this event, many of the application server vendors were present. Nearly all of them said Linux is making huge gains as the platform of choice for developing and deploying enterprise Java applications. The event featured a panel with well-known application server vendors IBM, BEA, Oracle, JBOSS and Sun. It also included smaller vendors ... (more)

The Theory of Innovation

We know from the theory of relativity that the passage of time is relative to the perceiver. This is true of history as well. Sometimes history moves fast, e.g., during World War II and when communism was crumbling in 1989. Sometimes history moves slowly, as in the Cold War and the period between 1991-2001. The same can be said of innovation. Sometimes a lot of innovation happens all at once as in the boom years of the Web from 1998-2001, and during the early days of Java - 1994-1995. Sometimes the pace of innovation slows to a crawl and other forces, principally economic, take pr... (more)

Java in the News: Sun's JavaOne Day One - First-Hand Report

The 2004 JavaOne conference opened today with the standard formula of industry keynotes. Documentary film maker and local TV personality Jonathan Karsh opened the show as the emcee. The 8th annual Java developer show began in front of a backdrop of scrolling Java (which had code for catching exceptions), Sun president & COO Jonathan I. Schwartz., started out by delivering the standard Sun executive speech touting the explosion of Java on handsets, servers, and developers writing Java. From Sun's perspective, the exciting news of the day seemed to be a new desktop window manager,... (more)