Well. I have the feeling that the BeJug and JCS have done an even better job than last year. The organization of Javapolis so far is incredible and the remarks people have made last year have been taken into account, joy! (namely food, wifi access).Regarding today’s sessions so far so good except the quickie on Maven 2.
Jan Newmarch is really an interesting guy: his presentation on Jini was really good even if I had a feeling of concepts being repeated over and over again at some point. Jini sounds a very mature technology in the sense of stability. However, I am not sure it’s able to fit everyone’s need: the interface have not changed for years. Even if it sounds like a good thing, it’s pretty much basic (talking about an execute method that is barely used for everything!).
Well, this sounds really interesting to me since no conference was planned on Maven this year (Vincent, Jason, anyone? ). Unfortunately, I must admit I was really disappointed by this talk. It was a really poor introduction to Maven and it did not focus on Java EE at all.
This presentation was really enjoyable since it introduces many scripting language such as Ruby and Groovy. I never worked with them before and the speakers were really able to show the power of scripting language and the reason why we need both in a complex enterprise application. I wasn’t that convinced by the JRuby on Rails thing since I am not especially attracted by web framework in a first place. In general, I am not fan of framework generating dozens of file for me: it sounds like a bad start to me. The examples shown in the presentation were very basic though interesting. I wonder if all this would work the same way with more complex (concrete?) examples.