Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Sun Tech Days (London): Day 2, Report 3 - Impressions

The Tech Days almost over. Here are some of my general impressions:
  • Its very well attended
  • Laptop platforms of all flavours were evident everywhere - Linux (SuSE, Ubuntu, ...), Solaris, MacOS X, Windows. The Sun obsession with hating MSFT seems to be waning... A good thing.
  • People have been using SunRays without knowing it. Another good thing...
  • Java on the desktop is coming! A vast majority of the SE 7 pitch and 80% of the cool demos face off focussed on it. It looks great native too. Has anti aliasing ever been given as high a profile before in a general conference?
  • Other (dynamic) languages are having a great effect on the language and platform. You can see dynamic syntax, semantic. Even thought patterns and expressions were spotted. E.g. "Syntactic sugar". Roll on JRuby, Groovy, Scala, Javascript and the rest...
Disclosure: I used to work for Sun between 1998 and 2005.

2 comments:

Aaron Houston said...

Andrew...thanks for the very detailed account of the Sun Tech Days activities in London, very thorough...enjoyed it.

I will pass it along to the Sun Technology Outreach/Evangelism team.

Meanwhile: https://java-champions.dev.java.net/#articles

Best wishes,
Aaron Houston
Program Coordinator
Java User Groups
http://community.java.net/jugs/
Java Champions
https://java-champions.dev.java.net/
Technology Outreach
http://developers.sun.com/events/techdays/speakers/index.html
Sun Microsystems, Inc
Menlo Park, Ca

Aaron Houston said...

Andrew...thanks for the very detailed account of the Sun Tech Days activities in London, very thorough...enjoyed it.

I will pass it along to the Sun Technology Outreach/Evangelism team.

Meanwhile: https://java-champions.dev.java.net/#articles

Best wishes,
Aaron Houston
Program Coordinator
Java User Groups
http://community.java.net/jugs/
Java Champions
https://java-champions.dev.java.net/
Technology Outreach
http://developers.sun.com/events/techdays/speakers/index.html
Sun Microsystems, Inc
Menlo Park, Ca