Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Java Posse Roundup 2010 - Day 2

Day 2 update from the Java Posse Roundup 2010.

Three sessions this morning, there were some good choices but in the end I settled on my own proposal (about clouds, Amazon EC2, Google App Engine, etc.), then one about standardizing development across different application teams within a company, and finished up with what programming will look like in 25 years. All good, but I am looking for some more technical stuff tomorrow.

This afternoon, a bunch of us skipped the usual snow sports in favor of some extra technical discussions and demos. In the picture you can see the rigged up projection screen (a sheet over the fireplace in the house we are staying at. It worked pretty well. I led a study group on Scala, and I think picked up a few converts (people who had thought it was too complicated before now), and Fred Simon of JFrog led a discussion of build tools that improve on maven - the upshot is take a look at Gradle, and possible the Scala simple build tool (SBT).

More lightning talks tonight - last night's ones were a hoot, culminating in a fire eating demonstration (outside) by Bill Pugh - how many conferences can you say that you see a fire eating demonstration.

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