JavaOne 2013 was the first time I attended a conference on an enormous scale, I had attended many small ones when I was at University but nothing as large as JavaOne, and it’s a relatively long way to travel from the UK where IDR Solutions is based to San Francisco.
There is plenty to do at a conference, one of the most important things is to network.
On Day Zero (Saturday 21st) there was an opportunity for NetBeans Users to network with one another at the NetBeans party at JavaOne 2013, as at IDR Solutions we use the NetBeans IDE for interacting with the code in our Java PDF Library and PDF to HTML5 Converter this was too good an opportunity not to miss.
This was a particularly good event as not only did other users of the NetBeans IDE who shared their interest and passion of using NetBeans but also key members of the NetBeans team turned up such as John Ceccarelli the NetBeans Engineering Director (I was lucky enough to meet him and discuss a few things) and also to share a few drinks, laughs and interact with other users some who use NetBeans to design medical and fire and rescue software.
On Day One (Sunday 22nd) and registration day, there is plenty to do, registration for JavaOne 2013 as an Exhibitor (we are at stand 5714 next to our friends from IText) and we welcome anyone to drop by and chat) and registration for Oracle OpenWorld
which is essential if you want to attend various talks and keynotes relating to the world of Java, it’s all pretty easy as you register beforehand online and on the day enter your details into a computer, collect your id and your free stuff that Oracle likes to give away.
In terms of networking and unwinding after a busy day there is the ‘Taylor Street Cafe Open House’ at Oracle Plaza, essential if you want to meet other fellow Java developers, Java experts, have free food and drinks and also check out the Duke Choice Awards Ceremony.
There is also a GlassFish & Friends Party at JavaOne 2013, as we are a big user of GlassFish in our Online PDF to HTML5 Converter this is the perfect event to attend, to get to know other people and see what other people use the GlassFish for.
Next time I’ll be taking a first-timer look at what key points stood out in JavaOne 2013 for me.
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