JavaOne: Is the Party Over?

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JavaOne: Is the Party Over?

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Since 1996, JavaOne has been the main event in the Java developer community.  If the rumors we've read recently in "The Register" are true (and you should take them with a grain of salt), developers have seen the last of JavaOne.  The Register reported yesterday that the JavaOne conference has ended and will be assimilated into the Oracle OpenWorld show.

Already, there is some contarary evidence from a Moscone schedule suggesting JavaOne may not be over, but for now, there is no confirmation on this story one way or the other.  We asked people what they though about a possible end to the well-known convention.  We'd like to have your opinions as well.

Matt Raible

Raible Designs
"My first question is why are they ending it?  However, I think I know the answer.  My guess is they view it as a Sun conference rather than a Java Conference and they already have Oracle OpenWorld.  I think it's really unfortunate because this is largely a community event that gives good insights into Java as a whole and represents the corporate developer well.  The smaller conferences (NFJS, SpringOne, etc.) are good, but they're not generic Java, they're more targeted (bleeding edge, Spring, etc.).  And more unfortunate than anything is JavaOne always had the best parties, hence some of the best networking events.  No other Java-related conference (in the US) has that AFAIK."

Jim Weaver

Developer, speaker and author, who blogs about JavaFX
"My thoughts are: 1) I take what I read in the Register with 0.5mg of sodium chloride.  2) It would be sad to see JavaOne end, but am confident that much of what it represents will carry on in future events held by Oracle and in conferences such as Devoxx.  I wonder if it will result in the rise of a Devoxx-like conference in the US, perhaps organized by the likes of people such as Rick Ross?"  

Maureen O'Gara

Editor, Client Server News
"Makes sense.  Gotta not spend too much money.  I'm sure there'll be a cute little Java tent at Oracle OpenWorld."

Matthew Schmidt

VP of Technology, DZone Inc.
"If the Register report is true, then I am of two minds.  First, it would be sad to see such a long running Java show disappear.  Second, JavaOne hasn't quite been the same in recent years, perhaps due to Sun's general financial situation.  Maybe this will be a good thing and the spirit of JavaOne can help improve Oracle OpenWorld and provide a great show for developers."

Gregg Bolinger

Software developer and JavaRanch Sheriff
"I've never been to JavaOne so I really don't have a take on this.  It makes sense to me that it is being rolled up into OpenWorld.  Apple doesn't just have Objective-C conferences and Microsoft doesn't really have a .NET conference.  Why would Oracle have a Java conference when they can just include it in their existing one?"

Rick Ross

President, DZone, Inc.

"I personally hope the rumor isn't confirmed, but I fear it is likely to be. It may be hard for old hands in the Java community to accept an abrupt transition to Oracle's culture and way of doing things. Sometimes the new religion is wise enough to retain and incorporate parts of the old. Take the traditional festivities of Christmas, for example. Many of them are commandeered directly from the Roman Saturnalia and the practices of British Druids around the winter solstice. Oracle might want to keep JavaOne alive, as they run the risk of being the Grinch Who Stole Christmas."

Ryan Cuprak

Client IT Architect
"It is too early to say - I am hoping that it isn't the case.  The event did a great job of focusing attention on the Java platform in the same way that MacWorld/WWDC does for Apple.  If it is canceled I think it has more to do with the harsh economic climate.  Despite the economy, the Java platform is doing very well."

Radu Rosu

CTO,  Eloquentix
"I think it would be a strategic blunder should Oracle choose not keep the light on Java.  Java is much more than a language or platform. It is an enterprise community that has a track record of industry strength implementations that no other platform can even aspire to today."

Eugene Ciurana

Java expert and open source advocate
"I hope this is only a rumor because ending the JavaOne conference is the single most stupid thing that Oracle can do to alienate the Java community.  OracleWorld is not a developers conference; it's an IT conference.  It's focused on business and other topics that have little to do with development.  JavaOne is a nuts-and-bolts affair first, an engineers conference, a place where the élite and the newbies meet for a frank and fun exchange of ideas and experiences.  The stodginess of OracleWorld would overcome and ultimately squelch the otherwise dynamic JavaOne environment.  Killing JavaOne could be the proverbial drop that spills the glass and triggers developers to fork Java as a family of open source projects to 'stick it to the man'.  IBM would jump at the chance to help the open source efforts to undermine Oracle, and ultimately undermine the whole Java ecosystem."

Shana Deane

VP of Business Development, DZone Inc.
"JavaOne has been an anchor in my professional calendar for more than a decade.  The openness of a 'Java show', the unique culture that Java has inspired, the annual touchpoint with the "mother ship", the good, the bad... I will miss it.   The sadness that I felt during the keynote of this year's event was justified.  Larry, Scott, Jonathan, and even James were polite and tense.  The writing was on the wall.  I can't say for sure if the rumor is true that JavaOne will be absorbed into Oracle OpenWorld.  But I can say that it will never be the same again and that is sad for me.  We are watching the end of an era.  Oracle OpenWorld and JavaOne mixed together- its hard to be hopeful."

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