Today Sun announced the JavaOne Conference schedule and Java University Tracks. First a statistic (quick, someone make a graph view): 200 Technical Sessions, 117 BOFs and 17 Hands-On-Labs. Here I provide some background and give you some entry points to finding presentations that might be of interest to you. Plus, please use this space to share any hot tips on cool sessions that you might know about!
Giving some background to the process, the related press release states: "JavaOne conference sessions are determined by a panel of Sun employees, along with 35 external reviewers who participate in the selection process. This is the second year external reviewers participated in the content selection process for the JavaOne conference. Based on positive feedback from attendees and potential reviewers, Sun continues to refine the selection process and plans to grow the number of external reviewers for future events."
The first thing I did on hearing about the release of the schedule was go to the Sessions page to see WHEN my session/BOF is going to be held. But that information doesn't seem to be there yet. (Or I just couldn't find it.) For those who want to avoid navigating through the site, here's a list of all the tracks, with a link to the search results. If you click a link below you will get to a page where you see everything that relates to the track in question, that is, you will get a list that contains all the BOFs, HOLs, and technical sessions that have been accepted for that track, with the total number in parentheses. It makes for very interesting reading.
- Consumer Technologies (13)
- Cool Stuff (53)
- Desktop (44)
- Java EE (42)
- Java ME (40)
- Java SE (37)
- Next Generation Web (43)
- Open Source (47)
- Rich Media and Content (2)
- SOA and Enterprise Integration (30)
- Tools and Languages (56)
Another interesting thing to do is to go to the Content Catalog and then type in a keyword and see how many results you get. For example, type Groovy and you get 15 results, type Scala and you get 24, type Ruby and you get 20. Those searches could be imperfect and probably don't mean anything, but are interesting nonetheless. The search is pretty good though, because it goes beyond the title into the text of the session abstracts.
On top of all that, note that the Java University program is returning as part of the 2008 JavaOne conference and will be held on Monday, May 5, 2008. Only Conference Plus Pass and Java University Program Pass holders can participate in these sessions and all courses are created and delivered by Sun certified instructors. The Java University program will once again begin with a general session and then attendees have the option of taking one full-day course or a selection of two half-day courses. Details are available here.
After browsing through a few of the tracks, which ones are you most interested in? One thing I'm looking forward to is Romain Guy's session "Filthy-Rich Clients: Filthier, Richer, Clientier", with the following intriguing abstract: "Come to this session to hear about more snazzy effects you can add to your applications to make them more dynamic, cooler, more eye-blisteringly wonderful, ... and more fun."