Tuesday, May 08, 2007

More JavaOne Thoughts

Day One of JavaOne, Java University, is over. I have a few final thoughts. First, I really enjoyed the course I took "Using Java EE 5 and SOA to Architect and Design Robust Enterprise Applications". The instructor, Joe Boulenouar, was very good. You can tell he really enjoys what he does and is very knowledgeable. The class didn't seem as sexy as some of the other ones being offered on things like the Java Persistence API or jMaki, but it was packed with information. Joe did a good job of explaining what are some of the tough things that architects have to think about when designing a system, and then going through a collection of design patterns where each tied back into the architect's checklist. Of course he then also mentioned how various JavaEE 5 technologies can be used to implement these design patterns. If you get a chance to hear Joe speak on something, I highly recommend it.

My only complaint about JavaOne is the lack of AC power outlets. There were a few outlets near the bathrooms or in random places in the halls. It is silly to see developers huddled around these places so they can charge up their laptops. There were a lot of great lounge areas, so how hard would it have been to put some power strips out there? Are they worried about too many people plugging and eating up electricity? Is there a safety issue? Alternatively they could expose power outlets in the lecture rooms so people can plugin and charge while listening to a speaker.

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