However, I make an exception for several very special events. In these blog posts, I will tell you the shows I attend and I why I believe you should also consider attending them. I will start with JavaOne in San Francisco. This year it takes place 25-29 October.
JavaOne was originally started by Sun MicroSystems in the 1990s and continued by Oracle who now organise it in the same week as OracleWorld. The current event is smaller than it used to be and most of it is no longer hosted at the Moscone Center.
San Francisco is a 15 hour trip for me from sunny Tonbridge (UK). The reason I make this journey is that JavaOne is still the definitive Java event of the year. All the big Oracle announcements (and often non-Oracle) announcements, and all the big players are in town (with the exception of Google as due to their ongoing ‘differences‘). The conference runs for a week and includes an exhibition (featuring lots of Java companies) and lots of talks.
Attending the conference is gives you a clear perspective and depth which you simply cannot get elsewhere. You can generally get up to speed on all the latest ideas and technologies by attending the talks, often given by the actual developers. You can see exactly where Java is going, speak to the people involved and see how it will impact your business and plans.
Wandering round the exhibition shows you what other Companies such as ARM are doing with Java and you can get their perspective. If Java is important to your business, all this intelligence and insight is invaluable.
Finally, JavaOne offers you a huge chance to meet other developers and recharge. I have always returned from JavaOne refreshed, inspired, more knowledgeable and a more productive coder. That is why I go back each year, and I hope that you will consider attending.
If you do go to JavaOne, do drop by the IDRsolutions stand (5714 next to our friends from IText) and let us know what you think of the show…
Next time I will be telling you about my top, free Community event.