In the second general session for the day. It’s being lead by some guy from BEA. I didn’t think it’d be that interesting, so I planned to do some blogging. And here I am. But, lucky for me, BEA was using this forum to announce their partnership with Spring, and will be officially supporting the Spring
Framework on their application server, WebLogic. And now Rod Johnson, creator of Spring, is giving a mini-overview of Spring and the beauty of POJO’s. They demonstrated a cool console that used in WebLogic that lets you get an overview and monitor your Spring beans. Cool.
The General Session this morning was out of control. I don’t attend conferences like this much, but this seemed over the top. There were humongous monitors in the background showing crazy marketing slides and videos. Stylized lighting. Funky space music by “Magnetic Poetry”, featuring Paul Horn (or so we were told). And then the introductory video… man, I’ve got to find me a copy of that on the web. My favorite quote (I couldn’t write them all down) was that with Java, we are now “free from the tyranny of space and time.” I’m clearly not getting the most out of my JVM…
The speakers were actually pretty interesting, save for the SOA guy. I’m actually interested in learning about SOA, and how Jobster might take advantage of tools emerging around this technology (I just started playing around with Mule). But this guy provided little enlightment to how Sun intends to service this market. Which is too bad, since this seems like an area that could use someone providing clear vision.
I’m now sitting in my first technical session: “Next-Generation Web Services in the Java Platform”. It should start any minute now. If Rod Johnson shows up to this one, I’m going to assume he’s stalking me.