Business cards have always been little more than a novelty to me. As a coder, I rarely spend much time in groups that find much currency in them. And so I never even considered bringing any along for this trip to JavaOne. How silly of me. Of course, conferences are a perfect time to unload these otherwise worthless pieces of weak identification. I’ve already struck up conversations with strangers (who, as we all know, are just friends you haven’t met yet) where handing over a business card would oddly have seemed like a perfectly natural interaction. And I had nothing.
As you may have noticed or cared, I’ve stopped using the “JavaOne, Part *” title nomenclature. Partly because it sucked. But also because I created a category for all my JavaOne posts, since I imagine I’m going to write more this week than all my other posts combined. Not necessarily because JavaOne is the most interesting thing I’ve ever done. I just don’t have much else to do while I’m waiting between sessions…
My first technical session turned out to be a bust. It was supa-dupa hot in the room, and, as it turns out, I don’t really know much about JAX and Java-based web services to find much interest in the where this particular technology is going.
The one thing I did find out is that everything is going to be very annotation-heavy. Java EE 5 will rely heavily on annotations to replace much of the mundane descriptor configuration and boilerplate code. This is certainly a welcome development. There’s no greater buzzkill to application development than having bugs in your XML descriptors. I’m especially looking forward to trying out Hibernate Annotations, when I find the time. And what else do I have but time this week?