Mark Stephens

Mark Stephens has been working with Java and PDF since 1999 and has diversified into HTML5, SVG and JavaFX.

He also enjoys speaking at conferences and has been a Speaker at user groups, Business of Software, Seybold and JavaOne conferences. He has a very dry sense of humor and an MA in Medieval History for which he has not yet found a practical use.

What will you be learning about at Javaone 2012?

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One of the best reasons to attend Javaone is the quality of the talks that are given. I personally find the keynotes the least interesting part of javaone – the real value is in hearing an expert (who may often have developed the code he is talking about) in a BOF or a technical session or a lab.

The speaking slots are always heavily oversubscribed and the organizers usually do a very good job of choosing presenters who are both knowledgeable and able to speak to their audience. All the heavyweights from Oracle will be there but also a lot of hardcore, independent experts with no link to Oracle but a passion for Java.

The talks have now been chosen for Javaone in San Francisco (at the start of October), and you can review the content online and start to plan your week.

One tip that I have is to choose some sessions to broaden your knowledge on things which you are not currently an expert in. The Java world is now so large that you cannot know everything. I am primarily a ‘desktop’ guy, but the glassfish sessions opened my eyes to a whole load of new ideas. So take a chance – you might well enhance your skillset and you can always leave early…

I am looking forward to learning more about latest Javafx (printing please?), Java8 and especially developments on the Javascript engine. What will you be learning about?

If you want more information on JavaOne and further coverage of the entire event check out our JavaOne Series Index, which covers everything that is happening and is constantly updated, keep checking back for new info!

Mark Stephens

Mark Stephens has been working with Java and PDF since 1999 and has diversified into HTML5, SVG and JavaFX.

He also enjoys speaking at conferences and has been a Speaker at user groups, Business of Software, Seybold and JavaOne conferences. He has a very dry sense of humor and an MA in Medieval History for which he has not yet found a practical use.

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