As some of you know the JavaOne 2015 CFP is now closed. I want to take this opportunity to thank all of those that submitted their thoughtful topics and all those who considered submitting. The outstanding quality of submissions is a testament to your passion for the Java community and it is a great start on the road to keeping JavaOne a true success. In terms of the Java EE track we now have all the raw material we need to construct a strong selection. In the next few weeks we will be working hard with the review committee to carefully sort through all the submissions we have at hand.
I want to remind you now not to be discouraged if you don't get the response you are hoping for. You should remember that you are competing against some of the best and brightest of Java at a global scale - especially so in the Java EE track. As much as we would like for things to be perfect in the end all of this is also based on all too fallible human judgement applied through a fairly intricate process designed with checks, balances and fairness in mind. If your session does not get accepted this year, you should definitely consider honing your submissions and trying again next year. If you are indeed selected I hope you see it as the testament to your abilities and good fortune it truly is. Either way, I hope you will consider coming to JavaOne to experience the incredible talent, energy and intellect in the air.
The Java EE Track Content Committee
I also want to take this opportunity to introduce you to the real decision makers in the track - the content selection committee members. Although I and my co-track lead Lance Andersen clearly do make decisions, I like to think of ourselves as mere coordinators of a very strongly democratic open collaborative team. The folks in the committee by far play the most important role in help shaping the track. They really deserve to be commended as most of them are community folks that contribute many hours of their time to help advance JavaOne. Below are the profiles of these good folks. If you have any questions on your submissions you should feel free to reach out to any one of them or us. In the next few weeks, I plan to publish interviews with some of these folks through the Aquarium blog.
David Blevins needs little introduction. He is an excellent speaker, a long-time JCP expert, Java EE advocate and powerhouse developer behind the highly innovative Apache OpenEJB and TomEE projects. David more recently founded Tomitribe, a company offering commercial support for TomEE. His Twitter handle is @dblevins.
Cay Horstmann is a Java Champion, author, blogger, Java EE advocate and Computer Science professor at San Jose State University. He has been part of the content committee for many years. His Twitter handle is@cayhorstmann.
Johan Vos is a Java Champion, author, speaker, blogger, member of the BeJUG steering group, member of the Devoxx steering group and a JCP member. He is a fan of Java EE, GlassFish and JavaFX. He founded LodgON, a company offering Java based solutions for social networking software. His Twitter handle is@johanvos.
David Heffelfinger is an independent consultant in the Washington DC metropolitan area, author, blogger and speaker. He is a long time advocate of Java EE and GlassFish. He is a brand new and great addition to the committee. His Twitter handle is @ensode.
Ryan Cuprak is the founder of the Connecticut JUG, author, blogger, speaker, JavaOne Rock Star and Java EE advocate. He is a senior manager at Dassault Systemes. Like David, Ryan is a brand new and welcome addition to the committee. His Twitter handle is @rcuprak.
Scott Sosna is a veteran Java developer now working at Dell. He helps with JavaOne on his own time and has been a very strong contributor in the committee for many years. His interests include API design, integration, messaging, REST, SOAP, performance and operations.
Markus Eisele is a Developer Advocate at Red Hat and focuses on JBoss Middleware. He is a long time Java EE advocate, blogger, author, speaker, JCP expert, Java Champion and former Oracle ACE Director. His Twitter handle is @myfear.
Kevin Sutter is the lead architect for the Java EE and JPA solutions for the WebSphere Application Server and the WebSphere Liberty Profile. Kevin is very active with the Java and open-source strategies as they relate to IBM's Middleware. His Twitter handle is @kwsutter.
Linda DeMichiel is the specification lead for Java EE. She is a long-standing member of the Java EE architecture team, initially at Sun, and now at Oracle. Linda has been a specification lead for the EJB and JPA specifications. Linda has been on the committee for a number of years.
David Delabassee is my teammate in the Java EE evangelism team. He is a veteran of Sun and now Oracle that's been involved in JavaOne for many years. In his many roles he has been a product manager, sales consultant and Java Ambassador. His Twitter handle is @delabassee.
Bruno Borges is a product manager for WebLogic, Fusion Middleware, Java and Cloud services. He also actively evangelizes topics from Java Embedded to Java SE and JavaFX to Java EE. His Twitter handle is@brunoborges.
Harold Carr is a veteran of Sun and now Oracle. He is the architect of InfiniBand usage in WebLogic. Throughout his long and illustrious career at Sun/Oracle he has had key roles in the SOAP/JAX-WS/Metro stack, GlassFish, Grizzly, RMI-IIOP/CORBA ORB and load-balancing/fail-over. He has been part of the committee for many years. His Twitter handle is @haroldcarr.
Keep in mind that JavaOne is now already open for registration. I hope to see you all at JavaOne. In the meanwhile as always if you have any questions never hesitate to reach out.