About: This is the fourth in a series of blog posts about JavaOne 2006, live from
Day 1 at JavaOne has finally ended, I attended some technical sessions, went around the Java Pavilion and answered about ten questions asked hundreds of times by the people visiting the Microsoft booth. Like last year, the Microsoft booth was definitely one of the most popular and we had a healthy stream of JavaOne attendees come over to the booth for a variety of reasons ranging from ‘I want the Interoperability Patterns and Practices book you are distributing at JavaOne’ to ‘What are you doing at a Java conference’ to ‘I never though I would see this day’ to ‘Where can I find more information about jobs at Microsoft?’.
In terms of the sessions and pavilion, I think the five most common and popular themes were
In terms of the sessions, ‘Project Tango’ was quiet popular, it is a project where Sun engineers worked with Microsoft’s WinFx team to implement and test real world interoperability (in terms of security, transactions, messaging and others) between Sun’s J EE 5 implementation and the upcoming Windows Communication Foundation. Any session with
At the Microsoft booth, we were distributing information, books, white papers and other materials about Java and .NET interoperability. We were also displaying the Windows Presentation Foundation and Vista, Ajax and Atlas and answering questions about why we are here (my standard answer was ‘I am from Microsoft, we come in peace to talk about peaceful co-existence and interoperability between Java and .NET, take me to your leader’). The other most common question that we got was ‘Is Java and .NET interoperability real?’ I was surprised that many people had no idea that numerous small and large companies like JPMorgan and others have implemented interoperability solutions for mission critical applications and have publicly discussed it in press releases and case studies, I will post some links on my blog in future for those who have doubts about the viability of inter-op solutions
The day was long and exhausting but full of action and excitement, I will post more information and pictures shortly. The day ended with a Java attendee sharing the hotel elevator ride asking me ‘why are you attending a Java conference?’ to which I replied ‘I am from Microsoft, we come in peace to talk about interoperability, I will be glad to talk to your leader tomorrow morning, however, I am completely exhausted today so for now asta nuvista, but I will be back!”
JavaOne Day 1, Part 1/3: http://blogs.msdn.com/mohammadakif/archive/2006/05/16/599035.aspx
JavaOne Day 1, Part 2/3: http://blogs.msdn.com/mohammadakif/archive/2006/05/16/599140.aspx