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Monday, January 25, 2010

JavaOne 2010 is dead

It's not official, I haven't heard anything from Sun or Oracle about this, but JavaOne is no more. It has passed on. It is an ex-conference.

Why do I say this? Because they've delayed it so long, it doesn't matter if they decide to hold it or not. It takes time to review and approve presentations, and they are running out of time in which to do so. The fact that they have not yet sent out their call for papers would make it very hard for them to hold any sort of presentations at all, unless it's either industry pablum, or crap from Sun or Oracle about how great their products are.

I've heard some rumors about merging JavaOne and Oracle world - that would be just a cruel joke. There is almost no overlap between the two communities, and if they did this and tried to call a JavaOne it would be JavaOne in name only.

I'm really quite bummed about this. My presentation was finally accepted last year, and I thought it went quite well, even though I presented late Friday afternoon (fairly typical for new presenters), and I got very good ratings on my presentation. I was hoping that I'd be able to submit an updated version of that presentation and get a bigger audience this year with a better time slot. But, it doesn't look like that's going to happen.

I was really hoping that when Larry Ellison decided to buy Sun, that he keep the developer community alive and thriving. But, it looks like he's just decided to acquire the Java technology and give the cold shoulder to all those people who helped make Java great. Billionaires - go figure.

I just wanted to go to San Francisco for a week for my geek vacation, eating great food, stretching my mind, and learning new technologies which would benefit me my job and help me deciding to steer where my career would go. Oh well, there's always the Jazoon in Switzerland this year. Never been to Zurich before...

Hey, OraSun (Soracle?) prove me wrong! Make this the best JavaOne ever!