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Reflections on JavaOne 2014 by the NetBeans Community

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Reflections on JavaOne 2014 by the NetBeans Community

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NetBeans Day 2014 was even more spectacular than in previous years. Demo-driven lightning talks on key features, in particular the native integration of Maven, and the seamless deployment, debugging, and profiling of IoT embedded devices via Java and NetBeans, to packed out rooms, defined the day, with a lot of chatter in the corridors in between the sessions.

Below are some of the key highlights by those who attended. Were you there too and would you like to share your feelings and participate in this series of articles? Write to netbeans.webmaster@gmail.com!

Zoran Sevarac, Serbia. For me, Java One 2014 was the best one so far. I've learned a lot about some very specific things that I wanted to know related to parallell computation, GPUs and JVM performance, which will be essential for my future work on Neuroph framework. 

Also very excited about the all-day full sessions at NetBeans Day and officially launching the NetBeans Edu Community, during the session about using NetBeans for teaching. And of course the first two gigs of the Null Pointers, the Java Community Band. :-)

Shai Almog, Israel.  NetBeans day was fun, especially our session with Gosling and the NetBeans party of which I wrote in our blog. I was then stuck in our booth almost all the time but there are maybe two highlights that might be relevant to mention here. Firstly, the raffle which turned out to be a big success despite our trepidations and mismanagement.

Secondly, in my session, I mentioned that the biggest downtime we ever had was due to the opaque and buggy way Eclipse handles JVM selection. Then went into a rant on how when people claim to hate Java most of their complaints are about Eclipse, this got a very positive and agreeing response from a non-NetBeans crowd, which was pretty cool.

David Heffelfinger, USA. As usual, this year's JavaOne was great. This year I was a speaker on two sessions. During NetBeans Day, I had a session with Toni Epple, Bernd Ruehlicke, Michelle Chamberlin and Sven Reimers about becoming productive with free Java tools. All of the speakers on the session were great and showed several NetBeans aspects that boost developer productivity.

My second session was a Java EE Hands-on Lab I was co-presenting with Mark Heckler, it was very well attended, we were using NetBeans for the exercises which allowed attendees to quickly finish their assignments. Feedback for the lab was great, attendees were stopping me in the hallways to tell me how much they liked it, it really made my day.

I also had my very first book signing at the JavaOne bookstore, where I signed copies of my Java EE 7 Development with GlassFish 4 book, it was my first time signing books, it was a great experience. Overall, the conference was great, every year I attend I meet more and more people, and it is always great when I run into them the following year!

Mark Heckler, USA. There were so many great things about this JavaOne, it's hard to pick highlights! Probably the best things for me were the many opportunities to meet old and new friends and exchange ideas, the vibrant Java community, the Oracle- and community-driven advances in the Java language and ecosystem, NetBeans day (outstanding!), and the chance to chat with and present with the Father of Java himself, James Gosling. What an honor!

With regard to tooling/technology, JavaFXports(.org), Java SE & ME (embedded platforms), and NetBeans excite me the most. Using NetBeans to drive remote development, debugging, & profiling on my drone platform makes exceedingly difficult tasks almost trivially easy and allow me to focus on the code itself, not the minutiae. Thanks to all involved, keep the great stuff coming!

José Pereda Llamas, Spain. Being at JavaOne for a second time, one realizes the huge dimensions of the event, and how Java is well alive, as the conference was even more crowded than the last year. As they said in the Keynote, in the Internet of Things, Java is the Glue.

I'll add that NetBeans is the special Glue that joins different worlds, different leagues on the same stage. Being with James Gosling on the same panel is an incredible experience, that's only possible when there's something in common like NetBeans that binds projects as differents as his and mine.

Adam Bien, Germany. NetBeans session at JavaOne was so overflowing, that I had to negotiate with the security to participate as a speaker. Sorry again for being late!

The audience was truly interested in the IDE and I got many questions throughout the whole week. One attendee asked me how much preparation and configuration was involved for the Maven productivity presentation. My answer: None.

Martijn Verburg, UK.  This was definitely the most vibrant JavaOne in years - the release of Java 8 combined with Oracle and the Java community pulling in the same direction made for a really happy and inspiring conference.

It was pretty clear from talking to developers anecdotally that the Eclipse project has lost some of it's polish and that NetBeans is a strong alternative for those who want an IDE that requires minimum configuration and set-up to get going with modern software projects.

Josh Juneau, USA. I feel that the NetBeans community is stronger than ever right now. I attended many sessions at JavaOne this year, and I'd say at least 90% of the sessions incorporated NetBeans somehow. 

NetBeans seems to be one of the most widely used IDEs at this time, at least amongst the industry leading developers.  It really is amazing to see all of the different ways that people are making use of NetBeans. That just goes to show how powerful it is.


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