Bringing the big hitters

JAXconf Preview - The Keynotes

You'll have to excuse the eagerness of the following post, but with our sister conference, JAXconf mere days away, it's time to give it the love and attention it rightly deserves.

From July 9-12, some of the Java ecosystem's brightest luminaries will descend upon San Francisco to deliver high-calibre technical talks about the topics that really matter and the challenges we face in the future. No stone will be left unturned: core Java, JVM languages like Scala and Clojure, Android, the world of Big Data & NoSQL, Continuous Delivery, front-end technologies will all be featured in one way or the other.

But it's time to look at the big-hitters sandwiched in between all the juicy content who be providing the keynote addresses at the event, hopefully bringing some thought-provoking sentiments about the industry's current state.

First up on the Monday steps IBM Client Strategy Architect Tracy Hutcheson with a thought that we've all probably had at one time, Why Mobile? Explain to me why I care? Maybe you don't. Tracy will attempt to make sense of the current mobile craze sweeping the development world and asks if it really is a game changer.

Ahead of JAX Community Night, JavaScript guru, Douglas Crockford with JavaScript: Your New Overlord. JavaScript has courted a career path eeriely similar to a global popstar: from misunderstanding to wild success, then deep found respect - something has gone right for Java's uglier and slightly less intelligent sibling. But where can JavaScript go from here - can it go further? Douglas Crockford will, as ever, have the answers.

The following day sees Clojure creator Rich Hickey step up to the plate with The Value of Values that will analyse value-oriented programming vs place-oriented programming. This whistle stop tour will examine the benefits and costs of each. Along the way, he promises to also tackle "the beauty of garbage and the relationship between space and time." It's par for the course.

Rounding off the keynote bill is Continuous Delivery pioneer Jez Humble to guide us through the agile methodology taking the enterprise world by storm, its principles and practices, how it can dovetail the worlds of Devops, cloud computing and continuous deployment and all importantly - how it can coexist in the enterprise.

Phew, that's merely scratching the surface. Check out the site for more details about the conference and how you can be a part of it all.

Chris Mayer

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