Talking at QCon in London

Thursday the 13th of March I‘ll be talking at the QCon in London. The title of this BoF is Insider’s tips for developing a successful API for Java. I’ll be around the table with Werner Keil (Spec lead of JSR 275 – Units Specification), Rod Johnson (the father of Spring) and Patrick Curran (Chair of the JCP). We all have in common to be part of the JCP (Chair, Spec Leads or Expert Group members). This BOF will discuss what it takes to develop a successful API for Java with the JCP in mind. The idea is also to answer questions about the JCP, its structure, how do you join, how to define a JSR without clashing with an existing API ? I will share my experience of being an individual expert member on JSR-316 (Java EE 6), JSR-317 (JPA 2.0) and JSR-318 (EJB 3.1). Hope to see you at QCon.

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First evening at JavaPolis

The first very good news of JavaPolis is that since the 9th of december, the Thalys train (from Paris to Antwerp) stops at the central train station, in the heart of the city. Before, the station was quite far from the city. I arrived with David at 5:30pm, we quickly ran to the hotel to checkin, and then we took a taxi to JavaPolis. There we met the JUG Leaders and off we went to a brewery in the town center. The idea of this diner was to have JUG leaders (and speakers) in the same room to exchange. And that‘s what I did. I talked to a lot of people (some I don‘t even know their names, sorry) about running a Java User Group. Bruno Bussola from JUG Torino gave me some good tips on how to get some sponsors. Paris Apostolopoulos, from the Java Hellenic User Group in Athens, is quite a character. He is full of energy and told us how he always kept faithful in creating his JUG, even when the times were tough (meetings with only a few friends…). Later, Stephan Janssen (BeJUG) came to me and said “I‘m tryin to get James Gosling coming to Europe. I‘ve sent the Italians and Greeks to convice him to come, go, talk to him, and tell him to come”. So I did. I spent 10 minutes on a one on one talking to James Gosling (hope someone […]

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Why is JavaPolis so cheap (or why are IT conferences so expensive)

I‘ve been playing a bit with Groovy and I‘ve attended a Grails presentation done by Guillaume Laforge back in January. I thought it was really good and when he mentioned the Grails conference in London I thought “Let’s go! The conference is in May, just during my birthday, I love London, I have plenty of friends there, it would be a good oportunity to know a bit more about Grails, meet people at the conference and have some English and Irish beer” . Recently the registration opened and to my surprise I saw that the first International Grails eXchange 2007 conference is at 1000 euros (700£). I compared the price with the conferences in the near future and this is what you can get for a 3 days conference: 1350 euros ($1795) to go to TheServerSide Java Symposium-Europe in Barcelona, 1694 euros to JAOO, 1742 euros to QCon or 1350 euros ($1795) to Java One. Plus travel and hotel costs obviously. I can’t believe JavaPolis was only 200 euros for such a good conference. Is there a reason why JavaPolis, a huge Java conference (2800 participants in December), was at 200 and the first Grails conference is at 1000 ? I know London is an expensive place, the Barbican center must charge quite a bit, but why are IT conferences so expensive in general? Stephan Janssen, can you tell us your secret?

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JavaPolis 2006 – Back Home

Well, how to say that in a simple way: JavaPolis 2006 was great. Here are more details. Organisation First of all, the organisation was amazing. JavaPolis is not organised by Sun, BEA, IBM, Oracle… but by the BeJUG (Belgium Java User Group). Guys like you and me who decided 5 years ago to create such an event that became international […]

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Java Day 2006 in Paris

Well, in fact Java Day 2006 wasn’t held in Paris itself but in Versailles, just in front of the castle So, yes, things also happen outside the US. I know, it was just a one day java conferences with only 5 sessions, nothing compare to the four days of Java One and its 188 sessions. But still, we had James Goslings on stage. If you look at the agenda, this is what happened. Welcome Eric Mahé ? Technology Advisor ? Sun Microsystems France Eric, who has been working for 17 years at Sun, introduced the java day and the agenda. After few marketing slides (you always have to thank the sponsors) he joked about Extreme Pixel Programming. The idea is that Eric is not a java programmer, the tool he uses the most is Photoshop and he would like to use it to code some java classes. So he opened Photoshop, dragged & dropped some images, saved it as a raw file, opened the raw file, copied the content and pasted it into a java file in Netbeans. He then executed it, and the image was displayed with animation. He said that the one who finds the trick will win one of its own art work… bets opened. The Next Wave of Java Tools James Gosling ? Chief Technology Officer of Sun’s Developer Products group James arrived on stage and threw some left over t-shirt of Java One at the […]

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