Travel with KLM not Lufthansa
Fokker 70 (Cityhopper) is a fast but comparable old machine. Long distance is done with a Boing 747-400. Another elderly machine which has exactly nothing to offer compared with Lufthansa's A380. The good news are: KLM has nice attendant teams on their flights and they did a professional job. A little embarrassing was the fact, that they didn't manage to get coffee on a 6am flight.
ACE Director Briefing
|Maiko Rocha - Oracle A-Team|
A big thank you to Lillian for the nice birthday surprise!
|A combined birthday cake with Vikki!|
JavaOne Saturday - Geek Bike Ride
Normally the Saturday is the "day-off". For sightseeing and stuff like this. This year it was bike-ride-time. Fabiene organized a follow up from the famous Brazilian Geek-Bikeride and somehow I decided to attend. Short version: It was awesome. In two ways: Many great people and lots of fun. And it was unbelievably exhausting. At least for me. Starting at Blazing Saddles around 11am we went all the way down to the bridge.
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This probably isn't the exact route but it should be close to what we did. Roughly 10 miles with some photo-stops on the way. We had a great dinner in Sausalitos and it was a pleasure to meet Alexis again. Thanks again to Simon and Dave who also joined us. Steven Chin and family made this complete.
|Dinner in Sausalitos|
|All the bikes :)|
|Fog over the bridge|
|Sonya and Frank in action|
|John and Cagatay|
Sunday - Breakfast, GlassFish, ACE and Keynote Day
Starting with the annual DOAG breakfast in the Marriott the JUG and Java Champion Breakfast made this morning perfect. Sharat introduced the speaker of the day and everybody was listening carefully to the upcoming announcements to be made.
After the breakfast I walked down to the Moscone area to attend the GlassFish Community event. Arun gave a nice introduction to all the happenings and roadmap of GlassFish. He introduced the new Java EE evangelists (welcome Reza Rahman and Bruno Borges to the team). John moderated the executives QA which was well attended and the new GlassFish t-shirt was given away! Great day!
Unlike the years before this Sunday was also the official starting point for JavaOne this year. Somebody decided to move the keynotes from Monday to Sunday to free some additional rooms and give meaning to the day. This probably wasn't too bad. Except the fact, that they were held far away from the Hilton in the Nob Hill Masonic Center. Far away is not the right description. This are actually less than 7 blocks. But all uphill. After I made my peace with hills after the bike-ride this was a $5 ride with a cab to get there. There has been good coverage about the keynote already, so I am not going to repeat this here. My personal highlight was Cameron Purdy reflecting about Java EE and the shift towards cloud for EE 8. And yes, this was only because of my avatar on the slides ;)
And of course Arun wearing the new GlassFish T-Shirt! Believe it or not: I like it! Great shirt! Already looking forward to next years contest :)
|Arun wearing the GlassFish T-Shirt of 2012|
|View from the Yacht Club to the Golden Gate Bridge|
|Shaun Smith (EclipseLink) guarding the door ;)|
Believe it or not: I was a little bit excited. Not as much as I should have been probably but enough to make this kind of an adventure. I have spoken on different conferences before and even English wasn't a problem anymore after spending a few days with native speakers already. I can't remember if I had breakfast. The whole morning was dedicated to polish the slides and walk around the Zone for a coffee or two and prepare my 11am slot with Masoud.
|Thank you IBM for all the #Coffee+++|
The session went well but we didn't had too many attendees. Which wasn't surprising after all because it was more like a marketing session. I don't want to judge here, it is also possible that there are far too many parallel sessions at OpenWorld which makes it very very hard for everybody to get a working schedule with all the right interests. A big "Thank you" goes to Björn who was sitting in the audience and showing his support! :)
A hurry back to "The Zone" to the pre-briefing of the Webframework Smackdown BOF later the day. It was a pleasure to meet James Ward and Graeme Rocher. Ed and Santiago didn't manage to meet us but we synced earlier to talk about the stuff to come and how I want to do this. The following few hours were dedicated to walking around the exhibition hall and checking back with distant friends from different companies. The exhibition halls were located at last years keynote location and looked very good. Condensed information by the usual suspects. But also some (at least to me) more unknown companies. Thanks to the Cloudbees guys for some nice t-shirts and great chats with Steven and Mark, thanks to the JRebel guys for some awesome games and entertaining demos. RedHat was doing the annual booth conference thing. To me this didn't work this year. To less space, too much distracting things happening around. The whole thing taken to a next level happened at Moscone West. The Oracle OpenWorld exhibition hall was packed and all the major companies attending JavaOne had a double to tenth the size booth over there. But back to my Monday. 20:30 was smackdown time. The latest BOF I ever attended. But, believe it or not between 350 and 400 attendees made this a great event. Missing a panorama feature in my stupid BlackBerry I can only show you the right half of the room minutes prior to the start. And people were still flowing in. Awesome! Thanks to all the panelists and the great audience who made my job as a moderator easy. The Audio recording has been posted to the conference website.
What is left after such a successful day? A great party! First the JUG and Java Champions get-together which was nearly over as I arrived and afterwards the legendary JRebel guys which gave a nice little party in the presidential suite of the Hilton. The "RebelHideout VIP party" was a success. Great people, great drinks, great discussions. A little noisy ... and we had to leave early :)
|JRebel meets Jelastic :)|
Tuesday started relaxed. A nice breakfast and nothing exciting beside some sessions and some personal appointments. Followed by the OpenWorld technical keynote about Oracle's Cloud Platform and Applications Strategy given by Thomas Kurian, Executive Vice President, Product Development. Normally I wouldn't count this as too exciting but this time I had to play a tiny little role in there. As a customer reference. The recording took place a week before OpenWorld in Munich and I was excited to see my face on the big screens. You probably know what it feels like watching a recording of yourself. It was the same with this one. But it was huge :) Thanks again to Björn for taking this short video. If you are interested in the complete keynote get it from Oracle On Demand.
The "meet the Java EE 7 Spec-Leads BOF" lead by Linda and Bill was the next highlight on the schedule. Most of the Java EE spec leads attended a great panel discussion and received plenty of feedback from the audience.
Directly afterwards we moved to the JCP annual gathering which was combined with the JCP awards ceremony. I had a nice chat with Mark Little and Pete Muir over a beer and together with Alex we moved over to the RedHat party which should be the final point for the evening. It was good to join Aslak, Lincoln and all the other RedHat guys for a beer or two. I wish I have had more time talking to Jevgeni and Martijn and Ben and Trisha. And the RedHat community guys Rayme and Ray. But we all have the same problem during those events. Too many people to say hello to and too less time for a longer talk. Anyway, thanks for hosting the party RedHat! It was great!
Wednesday - Appreciation Event
The Wednesday was all about personal meetings and some sessions. Running into people everywhere. The most exciting aspect of JavaOne. I had nice discussions with strangers about the right web framework, about the future direction of Java EE (why cloud?) about JSF and ADF and last but not least with some of the nicest persons in the universe: The WebLogic PMs! Thank you sooo much Frances! It was great meeting you! After a day of walking between Moscone and Hilton I was worn out and the party didn't even start over. I meet David Blevins for a beer in "The Zone" and we had a great chat which ended by teaming up with his wife Amelia and Bruno Borges. Together we headed over to the big party on the little Island.
|Bruno, Markus, David|
The rest of the week
JavaOne was basically over for me after that. The following days were reserved for sightseeing and some DOAG internal discussions and preparations. Thanks for your fellowship Björn! OpenWorld and JavaOne wouldn't be the same without you! I'll leave you with some impressions from a city which get's turned upside down during a few days in September!
|Wonderful view on the skyline|
|A nice car plate|
|Oracle Music Festival on Union Square|
|The Blue Angels flying over SF|