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Friday 5 – JavaOne Edition

Chris Mayer

That time of week again – featuring music royalty, James Gosling, boxing robots and questionable dancing

A pretty hectic week by Java’s standards, but we always knew it
would be. As seemingly the entire developer community descended
upon San Francisco for JavaOne, we saw the glitz and glamour of the
keynotes, the ridiculously top-draw band lineup, a few grown men in
mascot costumes and a lot of partying if the #javaone
hashtag was anything to go by.

There were a few noteworthy announcements, but nothing major as
some expected. But we’re still in good spirits, here’s our
particularly JavaOne themed Friday Five.

1. The Music Undercard 

We get that musicians get paid a sizable chunk of money to appear
at tech conferences, but Oracle really pushed the boat out this
year for Oracle OpenWorld’s first music festival. On the diverse
and international undercard, we had reggae royalty in Jimmy Cliff,
songstresses Macy Gray and Joss Stone, and Swedish rockers The
Hives wound things up. We had to select one of Jamaica’s finest
however, with one of the tracks he’s best known for…

2. The Headliners that weren’t Mark Reinhold and James

We’ve not even touched upon the two
bands who headlined proceedings, Pearl Jam (save the jokes about
them and Java last being relevant in the 90s) and Kings of Leon.
Even the music press clocked onto Eddie Vedder joining the
Nashville quartet for The Bucket. Perhaps that’s the sort of press
Oracle were trying to get with their Music Festival. IDG claimed
that most of the people they spoke to were too busy for the music
festivities. Still looked like a packed house at Treasure Island
for Mr Vedder and co.

3. Giving up on Eclipse

We’ve seen the blogposts and developer
mailing lists about Eclipse’s 4.2 platform, most of which have been
scathingly negative. The Eclipse Foundation in turn had urged
the community to come forward
and help contribute in whatever
way they could. Here’s Dan
Haywood’s views
on the ailing platform and why he’s gone back
to 3.x series. Let’s hope things improve in the coming months, or
Eclipse might end up with more angry developers.

4. Boxing Bots thanks to Kinect

It’s always cool to see
inventive ideas
through hacking the Kinect (we’ll be seeing a
few more ways to do that at JAX
in a week’s time).

Here’s an in-depth overview of one
team’s Kinect project for SXSW: creating lifesize rock’em sock’em
robots that use the Kinect’s motion sensors. Ok, you may be
thinking of that Hugh Jackman vehicle Real Steel, but this
is real! Well worth a read to see the challenges faced in hardware,
software and interaction.

5. That Java Welcoming Video

This opening video from JavaOne is bound to split opinion.
Some will love the references to Runescape and Minecraft, as well
as its jovial spirit. We suspect that many more will find it a
cheesy music video that shouldn’t have seen the light of day. We
think it’s quite cute and we should just enjoy James Gosling
drinking a cup of coffee. Questionable ‘movements’ from others

That was our irreverant lookback
at the week that was – we hope it’s helped you get over the
post-gathering depression. Alternatively, listen to Pearl Jam some

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