The general session at JavaOne kicked off about 60 minutes ago. After taking a short walk down memory lane, Jonathon Schwartz made a pretty low key entrance - certainly not a Ballmer like entrance. He made a few minor announcements, including the availability of Java EE 6. Since that point, he's been inviting folks onstage to talk about their use of Java technology.
- James Barrese, VP of Architecture at eBay, who spoke about how eBay uses Java technology.
- Alan Brenner, Sr VP at BlackBerry. There seemed to be a bit of a complex occurring here, because Alan and Jonathon both mentioned a few different times how RIM is the most successful smartphone manufacturer. It started feeling like they were trying to convince the crowd that a little company in Cupertino who develops a pretty nice Smartphone wasn't relevant. Alan wound up showing a demo of Xobni on a Bold. If you've not used Xobni before on your desktop, it's a nice plug-in that can be used with Outlook that makes searching your e-mail and contacts much easier.
- Don Eklund, Executive VP Advanced Technologies at Sony Pictures talked about Sony Blu-Ray.
- Lowel McAdam, President and CEO at Verizon, introduced us to a partnership with Sun that will allow easier development of Java applications for the Verizon network. Details forthcoming.
- Diane Bryant, Executive VP at Intel, talked about the relationship between Sun and Inte. She invited Paul Ciciora, the Department Head Object-Oriented Infrastructure Development at the Chicago Board of Exchange, to talk about the scalability of their platform using Intel and Java.
At this point, I'm starting to feel that they are trying to convince us of Java's pervasity, scalablity, and popularity. We're almost halfway through the keynote, and I've not heard anything significant announced. We've still got 60 minutes left, so I'm still holding out hope of some cool and exciting announcment.
I'll update this post as things progress for the remaining of the keynote. So hit refresh on your browser to follow along. Also, you can follow me on twitter to receive live updates from sessions that I attend throughout the conference. Stay tuned!
Update (9:45 am) Just saw a couple of Java FX demos illustrating how Java can be used to power rich media applications. Thus far, nothing that would interest an enterprise developer. It's interesting that the General Session is being streamed live in Flash.
Update (9:47 am) - James Gosling is on-stage with Schwartz and the Java app store was just announced. On the consumer side, you can see the store at http://store.java.com. For developers, you can find information at http://java.sun.com/warehouse.
Update (10:07 am) - No new announcment since the app store. Showed a game called RuneScape and presented a Duke's choice aware to the founder. The last few minutes have seen a lot of "Thank Yous" flying around, and McNealy got onstage with Schwartz and Gosling. The last few minutes have had a very sentimental feel. As if they are saying "Goodbye" to an era.
Update (10:11 am) - Schwartz has left the stage, and McNealy is left. He's just mentioned the pink elephant - Oracle - for the first time.
Update (10:16 am) - After a couple of cracks, including one surrounding leveraging Ellison's relationships with Jobs to bring Java to the iPhone, Ellison has taken the stage. He's wearing all black. Coincidence? Or not?
Update (10:18 am) - "Aside from our database, all of our products are Java based." - Ellison.
Update (10:22 am) - Ellison is talking about the future of Oracle/Sun and developing device that are powered by Java technology. He cited Netbooks as examples of the type of device they may be interested in developing.
Update (10:25 am) - Ellison has left the stage and McNealy has wrapped up, thanking the java community. The general session is over somewhat unceremoniously. The general theme of this was certainly centered around consumerization of Java technology. Very little (nothing other than announcing Java EE 6) was said about Java in the enterprise.