JavaOne: User Group Sunday

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Well this is exciting!  JavaOne 2011 is the first conference I spoke at, so this the first time I’ve covered the same conference two years running.  I think.

It’s very nice to be back at JavaOne.  Last year it was my first opportunity to meet so many people - the guys at Oracle who work really hard to make sure Java has its own identity; the JUG Leaders and Duchess folk; the JCP EC committee members; and loads of people who live and work in the area who I wouldn’t normally get a chance to speak to in person.

This year I’m here with several other London Java Community people, and it’s great to be a member of the Alumni, to have the privilege of showing other guys around and introducing people to each other.  It’s nice to run into people I met here for the first time last year, some of whom I’ve had a chance to see at other events this year.

Today, Sunday, is an interesting day.  The focus is on community, so I get to hear what other JUGs are doing, some of their pain points, and learn some of the things they’re doing that maybe we should think about.

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<span style="text-align: center;">I followed this with a talk about why you would open source your secrets, a short presentation detailing the benefits to your business of opening up parts of your codebase.  It went better than expected, given my voice has all but disappeared due to a stupid cold and plane travel and jet lag (and noisy bars).  I had contingency plans on how to present via typing or drawing on my iPad, but in the end I managed even despite the microphone not being turned on.  Doh.
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There were a series of presentations on how to make your JUG successful and how to run Adopt a JSR/OpenJDK programmes in your user group, before Ben and I had to dash off to the public EC meeting.  This was not as well-attended as last year, but it meant that I had a chance to talk to all the EC members, and to drink more free champagne than one really ought to in the afternoon.

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