JavaOne Exhaustion (with links!)

So another JavaOne has come to an end. This time I think I finally tried to simply do too much. I'm lucky I didn't get the Moscone flu. Still, all in all, I think we had a good showing. I'm disappointed that the JavaFX SDK had to wait until July, but I'm glad we made the decision to put quality above meeting a conference deadline. Plus, there's a whole lot more to JavaFX than what's in the forthcoming SDK, which I'll discuss later this week. I've also been collecting links and cool demos to feature on our new website. You'll see some of them go up in the following months.

The video blogging went well. We even got an interview with Fabrizio Giudici in both english and italian (fortunately Rachel Hill, our video blogger, knows italian). I simply said "grazie". Look for this interview and more coming up soon in Rachel's blog.

Joshua Smith, a nice guy I met in the pavilion, has been working on some cool JavaFX demos that he showed in his session. Here's an article about his demos.

A shout out to Bruno. I'm sorry I forgot to ask before using your picture in the Connected Life demo. I promise to create fake friends for my fake user in the future. :)

JavaFX is getting favorable coverage in the news, here, here, here (video), and from RedMonk here , all despite my demo crashing.

By the way, I'd like to state for the record that my demo really did crash due to network congestion in Moscone. Or rather, there was a race condition in my (Java) threading code which only became a problem when the network is slow. That's why my demo ran fine a few hours earlier when Moscone was empty. Most importantly, the new Java browser plugin did exactly what it was supposed to do. When my app seg-faulted it didn't take down the browser. We just hit the refresh button and the applet came back. That's the strength of our new plugin and it makes all sorts of things possible. I have since rewritten the offending code in my demo so you can expect to see a live version of it later.

In other news, there's been a lot of interesting discussion about what an RIA is and if it makes sense at all (vs. pure thin solutions like AJAX). Check out my discussion on the JavaOne Pavilion floor with Hani, Carlos, and Pete.

Well, that's it for now. I've noticed some confusion about JavaFX and it's availability, so look for some more info from me later this week. See you soon.

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Posted May 19th, 2008