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JavaOne Review: Is Google Missed?

This year's JavaOne is missing at least six sessions due to the Google's boycott of the Oracle conference. Attendees won't get to see the presentation by Joshua Bloch, the well-known author of "Effective Java",  and they will also miss out on some presentations related to Google AppEngine, GWT, and Java concurrency.  So we ask you the question:  Does anyone at JavaOne miss Google?

You can still find the remnants of Google's participation in the lego pit and the fact that they couldn't pull out of their Bronze sponsorship of the conference.  However, Yagiz Erkan calls Google's absence a huge failure on the part of organizers.  "You cannot afford to loose presenters like Google in the world’s biggest Java conference," he said. "You just can't!"  In contrast, Infoworld's Neil McAllister says that the excitement over JavaOne could not be hindered by Google's absence.  Perhaps he's right.  There are about 41,000 attendees at this year's conference.

With their own conference to hype (Google I/O), some people don't think that Google puts much focus on other shows.  Google had even less of a role in the 2009 JavaOne.  Still, they seemed to be ramping up support for this one.

Some conference attendees have also complained about the venue for JavaOne, which is now at a Hilton hotel instead of the whole Moscone center.  Does JavaOne feel like the 'kids table' to Oracle OpenWorld/Develop?  That's what some bloggers are saying.

Oracle did tell us a lot about the future of Java, JavaFX, GlassFish, and Netbeans.  However, some are still mad about the fact that they haven't explained their rationale for suing Google, or explained what might cause them to sue somebody else over Java patents.

The major announcements, along with the controversy, are sure to make this JavaOne an event to remember.

What's your take on Google, the venue, and Oracle's silence on the Google lawsuit?

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