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Sunday, April 04, 2010

It's not dead... just lightly stunned

So, Oracle finally confirmed my fears - they gutted JavaOne.

Oh, it's still being held, but a look at the floor plan shows that it's a pale shadow of its former self... at past JavaOnes, there were literally hundreds of exhibitor booths on the exhibition floor of Moscone center. Apparently, JavaOne no longer ranks high enough to have Moscone - instead, a whopping total of 34 booths are available at the Hilton Hotel ballroom.

This is a sick, twisted joke. Promises that JavaOne would be "exactly the same" are obviously not true. They haven't posted the conference schedule yet, so we have no idea how many sessions will be available - that is, of course, why we all go (not really, the real answer is swag), but indications on their site are that the sessions will be scattered throughout many hotels, as Oracle open world is obviously far higher up on their priority list.

Of course, they didn't bother to lower the price, and there is no alumni discount available.

What a shame, I've been going to JavaOne since the mid-90s, and it was a really fun place to go to. I think that's all gone now. My belief is that a number of technical sessions will be a third quarter of what they used to have. I'd like to be proven wrong - but so far, I've been right with what Oracle has done.

So, they increased the price (no discounts), reduced the content, and they think folks will shell out the big bucks for this? Assholes...


Anonymous Justin Kestelyn said...

Hi Douglas, I assure you that Oracle appreciates the importance of the in-depth technical content provided at JavaOne as well as the feedback from the developer community.

I just want to clarify that there will actually be *more* technical sessions at JavaOne this year than there were in 2009. Furthermore, attendees will get access to a few things that to this point were never available at a JavaOne.

Please join us at the conference this year and see for yourself - and then you can make your judgment!

Follow @javaconf for further updates if you like.

- Justin Kestelyn, Oracle Technology Network (@oracletechnet)

9:48 AM  

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