JAX London – Day 2 Roundup
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.