An overview of the second day at London's premier Java community conference

JAX London – Day 2 Roundup

ChrisMayerandJamesTrew
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Sessions, hacking, community night and more

Day two sees the conference get in full swing with the arrival
of the exhibit hall, and of course the Keynote speakers. The
opening honours were given to Red Hat’s Dr Mark Little who kicked
off proceedings with his excellent Middleware
Everywhere
talk.

Starting with a potted history of the computing that touched on
everything from Atari to the cloud, Mark’s well received talk also
offered up some thought provoking comments, such as “Java’s not
cool anymore” and the rather more well recieved ”Computer
science, it’s not a science, it’s an art, and some people are just
bad artists”.

 

After lunch was Jason Gorman’s turn on stage with his no holds
barred ‘Slow and Dirty’ Keynote speech –
aiming to shatter the myth that ‘quick and dirty’ craftmanship is
good practice for tech start-ups. Jason combined excellent
analogies with audience participation to get everyone involved. He
split the audience into Team Agile and Team Waterfall,
demonstrating that the former could guess a four-digit number first
and proving that Agile is the superior method. The crux of the
Keynote was that slowly crafted developing ultimately leads to
savings in cost and time later on.

Throughout the day, attendees could
opt for sessions in any of the five tracks for the day. These were
Agile, Java EE, Java Tech and Tools, JBoss and Big Data
& Cloud.
Adam Bien’s Clean Code and Java EE
6
proved popular as the Java Champion guided avid
developers through the session as did Red Hat’s Thomas Diesler’s
talk about OSGi in complex Enterprise Applications on
AS7
with everyone looking to learn the latest tips about
the application server.

The action wasn’t over though, as
Atlassian Community Night allowed the community to interact with
speakers and company delegates. The more informal feel allowed
everyone to relax and also participate in Adam Bien’s Java
EE Live Hacking
– a continous demo showing new Java EE 6
features. Frederik Ohrstrom also lead an OpenJDK Build
Workshop
allowing others to build on the open source
project. Both events went well on into the early hours as those who
gathered fervently strode on with beer and nibbles.

Here’s some of the tweets about the
Community Night and also some opinions of the overall
experience. 

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