JavaOne 2011: Roundup

Having been back in London for a few days I’ve had some time to digest the madness that was last week.

My lasting impression of JavaOne is almost entirely positive.  Granted, it was my first major conference, so maybe I’m just not jaded yet.  But let me tell you what I loved about it (yes, I did cover some of these in my last post):
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  • First and foremost, the people.  I don’t remember meeting a single grumpy person. Everyone I spoke to was there to get the most out of the experience, regardless of how many times they’d been previously.  In my experience, techies are not conditioned to be socially comfortable, yet introductions were made and the conversations flowed easily.
  • Of course it wasn’t just the attendees who were friendly, the staff and organisers were approachable and helpful, and it was nice to have people hanging around to direct you.
  • One of the (few) advantages of having the event over multiple hotels was the outdoor space between them.  It’s unfortunate that it rained,  but I really liked being able to hang around outside.  I especially liked that they had provided power points for your laptop, so you didn’t have to be cooped up indoors to update your blog.  I also thought that having to walk between the venues was good exercise, given I didn’t make it to the gym last week. However I can see why people want to move the event back to one central location.

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