Disclaimer: I've grown up a bit and learned a lot since this blog was started. In the beginning I took tips from the likes of John Chow and Shoemoney and tried to write titles and content for Digg and Reddit. In the end it didn't do me much good and most of it just seems silly looking back. If you're interested anyway, here's what I wrote back then, but take it with a grain of salt.
Day two’s keynote was from Intel, basically the same as AMD’s evening general session yesterday. Blah, blah, blah, we improved JVM performance, blah, blah, blah.
With that out of the way, it was off to Groovy and Grails: Changing the Landscape of Java Platform, Enterprise Edition Patterns, which was unfortunately a bust. I think I’m grails’d out. The only thing new here was a couple new metaprogramming methods that I probably would have found by myself. Not that it was a bad session, it was just the same as the other Groovy sessions so far.
Next came Mylyn: Code at the Speed of Thought. Very cool. I can see Mylyn being very useful, especially when dealing with junior developers. Mik Kersten, the presenter and the Mylyn creator, also noted that there was a “statisticly significant increase in the productivity of a 100-developer test group.” Sounds promising, but I’ll need to play with it to see if it will fit into my employer’s methodology.
There were other sessions, but the only other one worth mentioning was Developing Semantic Web Applications on the Java Platform, which was a panel moderated by Henry Story, Sun’s Semantic Web Evangelist (I want an evangelist job title!) From this session, I was introduced to Twine, Tabulator, GRDDL, and Mulgara. Definitely worth a little more investigation!
Tonight was JavaOne after dark, the closing party held on Thursday night so that everyone can catch a red-eye home tomorrow night. This year’s bash featured Smash Mouth, and turned out to be pretty entertaining when they played a few Zepplin songs before closing the show. (An amused on-looker said they ran out of their own songs so they started playing something people would know!) I was able to grab some video with my camera, which I’ll post to YouTube when I get home, but sadly there was no encore and we were back in the hotel by 9pm.