by Steven Meloan
Highlights of the jam-packed JavaOne 2012 conference.
Pack your bags, laptops, and smartphones, the JavaOne 2012 conference is now just days away—September 30 through October 4 in San Francisco! With 9 million Java developers worldwide, 5 billion Java cards in use, 3 billion mobile phones running Java, 1 billion Java downloads each year, and 100 percent of Blu-ray disk players and 97 percent of enterprise desktops running Java, Java is a technology that literally permeates our world.
Count on the JavaOne conference to present the latest in tools, technologies, and best practices that today's developers need to design and build rich, compelling, secure, and scalable services across the devices and platforms of our lives.
Conference attendees can choose from hundreds of expert-led technology sessions, hands-on labs, and panel discussions, as well as smaller and more informal Birds-of-a-Feather (BOF) sessions. And this year's session speakers will once again include an array of Java Rock Stars—those rated by their peers at past JavaOne gatherings for both technical expertise and superior presentation skills.
Conference keynote sessions (Strategy, Technical, Partner, and Community) will detail the Java technology roadmap ahead—presented by such Oracle luminaries as Cameron Purdy, Vice President of Development; Nandini Ramani, Vice President of Engineering, Java Client and Mobile Platforms; Richard Bair, Chief Architect, Client Java Platform; and Mark Reinhold, Chief Architect, Java Platform.
And at the IBM keynote, Jason McGee, Distinguished Engineer and Chief Architect for IBM PureApplication System, and John Duimovich, Java CTO and IBM Distinguished Engineer, will explore Java and IBM's cloud-based initiatives.
Note some important schedule changes to this year's keynotes. In order to free up time for technical session slots on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, the Java Strategy, Partner, and Technical keynotes take place Sunday, beginning at 4:00 p.m., at the Nob Hill Masonic Center. And the Java Community keynote takes place Thursday at 9:00 a.m. at the Hilton San Francisco Union Square.
The Java Exhibition Hall features booths and demonstrations by such established companies as AMD, Hitachi, IBM, JBoss, and JFrog, as well as cutting-edge offerings from the latest industry startups. But of equal importance, the Exhibition Hall floor is an opportunity to interact and network with developer peers and industry thought leaders—trading new ideas, techniques, and possibilities in a stimulating and casual setting. The OTN Lounge will be in the DEMOgrounds, with Java experts, community members, and the OTN team there to answer questions. There will also be a Mini Theater for casual demonstrations of cool Java applications.
JavaOne also offers a wealth of social media pipelines—for all the latest developments, events, announcements, and happenings. Keep informed by checking out the conference blog, Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn pages. The main JavaOne Web page even features a live streaming window of tweets being posted about the conference. Whether it's an all-important update from Oracle or pertinent posts, observations, and heads-ups by fellow attendees, there are countless ways to stay connected and be social at JavaOne. Follow @JavaOneConf for updates.
For the "back end" of social, there will be a new program for developers interested in bringing social functionality into enterprise applications. Getting Started with Social Development Inside the Enterprise includes presentations from social thought leaders from Bit.ly, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Sociable Labs. You can learn how the social developer will influence the emergence of the social-enabled enterprise.
This year's curriculum is organized under seven technical tracks:
With Java now powering set-top boxes, printers, Web cams, game consoles, car navigation systems, lottery terminals, e-readers, medical devices, parking payment stations, and more, the era of pervasive smart devices (many of them connected to the internet) is no longer a futuristic promise but a present day reality. Java has shipped on over 10 billion embedded devices over the past two decades, and there are now more devices connected to the internet than there are people on earth.
Java Embedded @ JavaOne, October 3–4 at the Hotel Nikko, offers C-level executives, business leaders, decision makers, architects, and technical leads, the opportunity to discover all that Java has to offer in the embedded realm—to learn how they can best leverage the 9-million strong global ecosystem of Java developers and an ever-growing swarm of smart devices. Java Embedded @ JavaOne offers roadmap keynotes on both market and product strategies, as well as sessions on topics such as "The Coming M2M Revolution," "Bring Your Device to the Cloud," "Accelerated Innovation in Healthcare Devices," "Advanced Microcontrollers with Embedded Java," "Java and M2M Services," and much more.
Note: JavaOne full conference attendees can attend Java Embedded @ JavaOne for an additional US$100.
The nominations are now in and being evaluated! So don't miss the 2012 Duke's Choice Award ceremony. Each year, the award recognizes and celebrates the best and brightest innovations that Java delivers. Winners will be announced in the September issue of Java Magazine and on stage at JavaOne during the Taylor Street Café Open House—with each recipient receiving a Duke Award Statue.
No one ever complained of not having enough to do at JavaOne. And this year's conference offers myriad possibilities for between-session networking, downtime recharging, and afternoon "letting loose." The Zone is an entire developer-focused neighborhood created specifically for JavaOne attendees. At the heart of The Zone is the Taylor Street Café (between Ellis and O'Farrell streets)—a block-long playground, lounge, and hang-space.
The Taylor Street Café's Buzz House offers a morning latte or espresso to start your day and then, to unwind, an afternoon cold brew with music. And for those needing an additional between-meal energy jolt, there's the nearby Candy Bar, as well as roving ice cream carts.
If you and your devices need a quick recharge, drop by one of the Hang Spaces (Hilton San Francisco Union Square, Hotel Nikko, Parc 55 Wyndham) where you can meet with friends, plug in your gear, or just catch up on e-mail. Meanwhile, the Store @ the Zone offers the latest in Java and Oracle technology books (at a 20 percent discount) and other retail items you'll want to take home.
The excitement at JavaOne doesn't end when the sun goes down—in fact, that's just the beginning. This year's first-ever Oracle OpenWorld Music Festival is modeled after such live music gatherings as Coachella and SXSW—spanning five nights at some of the hottest clubs and venues around San Francisco and featuring name acts, emerging and local bands, and scratching DJs. September 30–October 4, 7 p.m. to 1 a.m.
Meanwhile, Oracle's Appreciation Event at JavaOne is long renowned for presenting such world-class musical acts as the Black Eyed Peas, Aerosmith, Sting, and Tom Petty. And this year's concert—featuring Pearl Jam and Kings of Leon—surely won't disappoint. Taking place on San Francisco's scenic Treasure Island, before an audience of over 20,000, the Appreciation Event offers an experience like no other with a mega-concert show, carnival rides, midway games, and a stunning view of the world-class "City by the Bay." We do all the driving to the venue, so all you have to do is have fun. October 3, 7:30 p.m. to midnight.
But even after five days of keynotes, sessions, labs, BOFs, tutorials, exhibits, demos, music, and more, you're still not quite done without experiencing the It's a Wrap gathering at beautiful Yerba Buena Gardens—offering casual networking, fine music, sumptuous food, and delicious drink. October 4, 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. And while you're there at Yerba Buena Gardens, be sure to check out the Oracle Team USA America's Cup pavilion, with a model of the Oracle Team USA's advanced AC45 sailing vessel!
Steven Meloan is a former software developer and has covered the Web and the internet for such publications as Wired, Rolling Stone, Playboy, the San Francisco Examiner, and the SF Weekly. He also recently published a science-adventure novel, The Shroud.