Sun Tech days in Atlanta

Last week I attended the Sun Tech Days in Atlanta. The event lasted for 3 days but I only went to the one day developer's session.

As I am a Java developer in the corporate world I'd like to keep updated with the newest Java Technology. Since Sun is the inventor of Java, Sun Tech Days should be a good event to go to and it turned out to be a very informative and interesting event.

Here are some highlights I gathered from the event:

Open Source

Sun is opening the source of its operating system and Java. 

NetBeans

Sun is definitely pushing its NetBeans IDE to the developer's desktop. During the event, the speakers from Sun demonstrated how easy it is to use NetBeans to create Java apps with Ajax and other plug ins. I am not sure if I will switch from Eclipse to NetBeans, but definitely want to give it try.

Web 2.0 & Ajax

These are two probably most repeated words in the speaker sessions. An interesting development is that Java 6 also includes a script engine so a Java program can include scripting language like Javascript or Ruby. I am not sure if PHP is on the future list. I guess since JVM itself is a platform it is natural to adopt scripting language, one of the fast growing development tools, into JVM.

In my opinion "Web 2.0" is really a natural path for the improvement of the web technology and the community concept is nothing new since the "web" literally represents a community. Ajax is a probably the single word to resonate the Javascript technology. It is good to know that Sun is keeping the pace with the latest technology trend.

Jame Gosling

There was a Q&A session with Jame Gosling, the inventor of the Java programming language. He really knew what he was talking about.

Things I will definitely check out

Project jMaki – jMaki is an Ajax framework that provides a lightweight model for creating JavaScript centric Ajax-enabled web applications using Java, PHP, and Phobos.

Mr. Sang Shin was one of the speakers on web 2.0 framework and Ajax technology. There are some great info on his website.

Free Sun Tech bag! 

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