On the Road with the Java BusBy Justin Kestelyn
The Java Road Trip rolls from code to coast, providing a look at the latest Java technology, community building, and even a chance to hang ten.This will likely be the first of many columns in which I turn to other members of the Oracle Technology Network team for updates on their respective areas of expertise. In this edition, Tori Wieldt, our Java community lead, provides a recap of the Java Road Trip: Code to Coast bus tour.
Report from the RoadThe Java Road Trip: Code to Coast was a great success! In June, a bus loaded with the latest Java technology, schwag, and an enthusiastic crew set out across the U.S., visiting more than 20 cities and showcasing Oracle’s commitment to everything Java. Billed as a “high-tech block party on wheels,” the Java Road Trip offered Java developers, architects, programmers, and enthusiasts an opportunity to get hands-on with the latest in Java technology, strengthen the Java community, and have some fun. Oracle Technology Network sponsored the Java Road Trip, and the team dished up plenty of top engineering talent, demos, food and drink, and giveaways at each stop.
Most stops on the Java Road Trip coincided with Java or Oracle user group meetings. First stop: the Big Apple, at the New York City Java Meetup. There, Brian Goetz, a consulting member of Oracle’s technical staff, spoke to a maximum-capacity crowd about Java Development Kit 7. Next stop: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. There, Dr. Greg Bollella, the father of real-time Java, spoke about real-time Java and the Real-Time Specification for Java. Dave Fecak, Philadelphia Java User Group leader, was thrilled that the tour stopped in his city. “Greg’s presentation was a hit! And based on the number of members that were anxiously peering over each other for a look, there was great interest and enthusiasm for the demos,” he says.
Java engineers from Oracle joined the tour at various stops along the way. Roger Brinkley, Oracle engineer and community leader for the mobile and embedded community, demoed Java embedded functionality. To the crowd’s delight, he assembled a virtual puzzle with artificial intelligence gloves.
The Java Road Trip also swung by the Kaleidoscope 2010 conference in Washington DC, where Oracle Development Tools User Group members got the opportunity to check out the bus firsthand.
The bus itself included a technology showcase. Inside, developers were able to kick the tires of the latest features of JavaFX; Java Platform, Standard Edition; Java Platform, Enterprise Edition 6; Oracle GlassFish Server; and more. As a special treat, they also test-drove the new version of NetBeans released during the tour, as well as the new JavaFX Composer plug-in.
Java fans who couldn’t catch the tour in person followed the road trip through social media: Twitter, YouTube videos, and blogs. @java tweeted about traffic jams, great demos, wiping out on the surfing simulator, and hot summer days. Catch these short, funny videos on Oracle Technology Network’s YouTube channel at youtube.com/oracletechnet.
Although everyone was hoping for an endless summer, as we go to press, the Java Road Trip is coming to an end. After August stops on the West Coast, the bus and the crew will take a well-earned rest. We want to thank everyone who came out to see us or who followed the tour virtually. We also want to thank those of you who complained that the bus didn’t come to your country or city. Keep asking and advocating, because we may just hit the road again.