5 JavaOne 2014 sessions you wish you could attend

Coman Hamilton

From Java in spaceships to Java horror stories, this year’s Java pilgrimage proves more than ever that the Java language is alive and kicking.

There’s only a couple of sleeps left before the WWDC equivalent for Java devs kicks off. Apart from the obligatory keynotes focusing the future of Java, here are five sessions from the JavaOne and parallel OpenWorld conference that will make you glad you get to be a part of the Java community.

1. NASA and Java 8, JavaFX 8 and NetBeans 8

Believe it or not, Java has made its way into space. Four engineers from Ai Solutions will explain how NASA’s mission software has taken Java beyond the cloud. This is one talk we can’t wait to see – after all, how often does Java get to be this cool?

The latest Java and JavaFX technologies are very attractive software platforms for customers involved in space mission operations such as those of NASA and the US Air Force. The moderator of the panel in this session will ask each member to provide a mini presentation followed by a live demonstration of space mission support software.

Wednesday, Oct 1, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM (Hilton – Plaza B)

2. How to talk to your house

Oracle is increasingly pushing Java as the big language for the internet of things, as we can see from session titles like “Java Speaks the Language of the Internet of Things”. And it’s no surprise. IoT devices are predicted to double in the next six years, and Oracle wants to be a big part of that. Here, Andra Keay of Silicon Valley Robotics takes a look at how users will be communicating with their homes

By 2020 our household robot will most likely be our house. How will we communicate with it? More and more, our machines now respond to gesture, touch, sight, and sound, but for the really natural interaction we desire, we’ll need context and personalization. Perhaps even character and emotion. After all, people are social beings. We’re hard-wired to communicate in certain ways. Our house may be a robot, but it will still seem like just an environment to us. Will we want a disembodied presence in our homes? Or will we surround ourselves with small social robot toys or appliances that become the “face” of the connected house. The butlers and maids of our machine infrastructure. The translators of the Internet of Things.

Thursday, Oct 2, 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM (Hilton – Yosemite A)

3. How to work from home effectively

As both technology and office culture make it more and more viable to work remotely, we’re only beginning to fathom the impact of the stay-at-home career. In this BOF (“birds-of-a-feather”) session, Oracle consultant Masoud Kalali will be taking attendees through the “experiences, pitfalls, to-dos and to-avoids” of working from home.

Lots of people are working primarily from home, and some are losing interest, losing touch with work, getting sidetracked, getting slowly ignored, and becoming ineffective. The speaker shares what he learned in the past six years of working from home with distributed developer, QA, and documentation teams and product management.

Monday, Sep 29, 9:00 PM – 9:45 PM (Moscone South – 200)

4. Developer Horror Stories

In another session from JavaOne’s Agile track, ZeroTurnaround’s Simon Maple and Java EE specialist Roberto Cortez take a leaf out of The Moth podcasts and invite attendees to share their experiences of programming failure.

We all enjoy hearing a good success story, but in the software development industry, the life of a developer is also made up of disasters, disappointments, and frustrations. Have you ever deleted all the data in production? Or maybe you just ran out of disk space and your software failed miserably! How about crashing your server with a bug you introduced in the latest release? We can learn from each other’s mistakes. Come to this BOF, and share your most horrific development story and what you did to fix it.

Monday, Sep 29, 7:00 PM – 7:45 PM (Moscone South – 304)

5. The Road to Modules in JDK 9

Since Oracle officially announced seven new features for Java 9 last month, developers have been eager to know more about the company’s plans for the language. Shelved from Java 7, the most exciting of the new projects is Jigsaw, which brings modular source code. Here we get to hear from the project’s author Mark Reinhold and owner Alan Bateman. If you’re as excited about Java 9 as we are, you’ll want to hear what they have to say.  

Project Jigsaw aims to modularize the Java platform, improve performance and security, and simplify the development and maintenance of large applications. To achieve these goals, it proposes to introduce a standard module system. This session explains the key design principles of the project, shows the progress made in the past year, and demonstrates its use.

Monday, Sep 29, 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM (Hilton – Imperial Ballroom A)

If you miss this session, there’s also a Q&A session with the Jigsaw project’s key members.

Tuesday, Sep 30, 7:00 PM – 7:45 PM – Parc 55 – Cyril Magnin II/III

Conference image via Shutterstock

Coman Hamilton
Coman was Editor of at S&S Media Group. He has a master's degree in cultural studies and has written and edited content for numerous news, tech and culture websites and magazines, as well as several ad agencies.

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