The Coad Letter: Modeling and Design Edition, Issue 81, Impressions from JavaOne 2001

By: Coad Letter Modeling Editor

Abstract: This issue provides a trip report for JavaOne.

Hi all

Since writing the last Coad Letter the JavaOne 2001 conference has come and gone. A significant number of TogetherSoft's mentors were there. After week or so of recovery and reflection, I thought you might be interested to hear what had impressed them at the conference and on the exhibition floor and let you draw your own conclusions.  If you were at JavaOne and strongly agree or disagree, please, let us know on Together Community (www.togethercommunity.com).

have fun

Steve

Stephen R Palmer
The Coad Letter


Impressions from JavaOne 2001

In no particular order...

J2EE seems to be coming out of its infancy. Most of the attendees I talked to were interested in the deployment capability of the Together platform, but at the same time many were there to gain education on the workings of J2EE. Sessions on this topic were also well attended with many good questions from the floor.
Roger Born <roger.born@togethersoft.com>

Their were two major themes at this year's JavaOne: J2EE and J2ME. Sun and the application server vendors were doing all they could to promote J2EE as an enterprise platform and as a good base for Web services. The key J2EE messages were open standards, increasing performance and building Web services. The jaded might see this as a calculated move intended to ward off .NET.

More interesting to me were the number of real devices running J2ME applications. This is the first year that I have real reason to believe I will eventually be able to buy a Java enabled cell phone that I would want to own. Along with the J2ME phone vendors there were at least 6 companies with embedded Java processors and many more companies with J2ME and wireless development environments and application servers.

One other standard I was happy to see represented was the Java Real-Time Specification. TimeSys will soon release the reference implementation for use by developers. A prerelease version was available for a dancing robots contest. I eagerly anticipate access to a JRT developer kit.
Daniel Massey  <Daniel.Massey@togethersoft.com>

The key impression I received was the speed at which specifications are being investigated and adopted.  I was amazed at how many questions related to when was this or that specification going to be supported, even when some where still betas.
Miroslav Novak <mnovak@togethersoft.com>

As a first time attendee I was very excited about attending JavaOne. My perceptions was this JavaOne was about the J2EE especially Patterns, JSP and Taglibs, Web Services, and J2ME. I saw a heightened presence of the JINI architecture as well. I also heard alot of talk about the upcoming JSR's management, deployment, debugging, and ejb/uml specification. All of these will be released for public comment shortly.
Jeff Micke  <jmicke@togethersoft.com>

I learned a few Java techniques that I hadn't already been using. One of the developers from the Borland booth came by and saw my demo and asked me about my use of java.util.EventQueue. I hadn't previously considered a better method of safe threading until I spoke with him and read an article that he, himself, had written. The interaction with other Java developers was a great thing for me. It was also interesting to hear so many people asking 'what support do you have for .Net'?

All in all, it was a great experience; one I would like to repeat next year. I love Java and programming. Those are my kind of people - coders.
Eric J Lynch <eric.lynch@togethersoft.com>

Briefly, I heard over and over, web services, soap, uddi, wsdl spoken about. I also noted how many booths were displaying wireless devices (palm mostly) so s/w development for them (J2ME) is probably in full swing some folks asked about VB and C# and .Net
Ronald Norman  <ronald.norman@togethersoft.com>

Last year, at JavaOne, it was clearly the year of the EJB. This year, it seems that the smaller devices are finally realizing the promise of Java.

Java, in the Enterprise, is steadily moving forward with the maturing of the EJB specification and growing understanding of the best patterns of use. However, the buzz word of the moment is 'web services' -- using the growing number of XML standards to provide a more sophisticated internet.

Sun's Java Community Process bring parties from different and often competing companies together to agree on standard Java interfaces and protocols. Companies like Oracle, BEA, Sun, IBM and a host of smaller vendors can then compete to be the first, the best, or the cheapest implementer of those standards.
Stephen R Palmer <steve.palmer@togethersoft.com>

This was my first time at JavaOne.  I was impressed by the enormous number of attendees as well as the steady flow of people in the pavilion.  It was full the entire week.

Proving that it is indeed a small world, I saw several old friends there.  Some I hadn't seen in over five years!  In the middle of all those surly Java developers it left me with a nice feeling of community.  I also thoroughly enjoyed seeing and speaking to many people from outside the US.  For me it was all about community...indeed, an international community.
Tom Gullion <tom.gullion@togethersoft.com>

The big buzz at JavaOne was J2EE patterns and anything wireless. To emphasize the latter, I even got a lecture from another exhibitor
sharing my van on the way back to the airport. (He talked for almost an hour about using a hand-held device to get a drink out of a vending machine, saying that the hardware is all there but the security software isn't -- yet.) And, the one keynote I managed to see was all about wireless communications, every device talking to every other device. Of course, it's Java to the rescue on making all this happen.
Jo Perry <Jo.Perry@togethersoft.com>

It seems Java has been proven and accepted at an enterprise level.  Accordingly, this year focused much less on market approval, and
much more on Java UI technologies.  One new advancement in Java to watch: the JDO specification
(http://www.jcp.org/aboutJava/communityprocess/first/jsr012/index.html).
Greg Wilson <gw@togethersoft.com>

I've been to many conferences but this was my first JavaOne.  My gross impression was a lot of serious people looking for ideas, validation, and inspiration about how to do some very leading edge things with a mix in of some newbies making the transition to the Java world.
Scott Schnier <Scott.Schnier@togethersoft.com>

Java One, for me, was awesome and eye opening. I couldnt believe the number of Java vendors on display. The number of people in attendance is a testament to the ongoing interest in Java. The number of educational sessions tells me that Java is still growing and keeping up with every aspect of it will be a challenge for many.
Bart F. Sferrazza <bart.sferrazza@togethersoft.com>


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