In a week from today, I'll begin the annual trek to one of the best conferences on the planet: JavaOne. By "best conferences", I don't mean it has the best technical content - that award goes to NFJS, The Colorado Software Summit and The Spring Experience.
JavaOne has the best networking opportunities. Of all the conference-goers I know, most of them will be at JavaOne.
I'm flying into San Francisco on Monday, driving to Mountain View to work for a few hours, playing in the company's weekly softball game, then heading back to downtown San Francisco for the networking. Tuesday through Thursday, I plan on doing the same thing: commuting to Mountain View during the day, returning to JavaOne for the parties. I have a free blogger pass, so I could attend sessions, but networking seems more important. If there's any good BOFs at night, I may attend those.
So where and where are the good parties at JavaOne 2008? Here's what I know about so far - I'll add to this list as comments start flowing in:
- Sunday: GlassFish: Thirsty Bear @ 7
- Monday: IONA: Zebulon @ 6, JavaBloggers: Thirsty Bear @ 7:30
- Tuesday: CodeGear: Thirsty Bear @ 5:30, TangoSolarMetric: Zebulon @ 9
- Wednesday: Adobe: Jillian's @ 6:30, Eclipse: Thirsty Bear @ 7, Tiki Bar Party: The Bamboo Hut @ 8
- Thursday: JBoss: Jillian's @ 5:30, QCon: Zebulon @ 6:30
I don't have details on the JBoss party, but I did receive an e-mail about it. Since my flight leaves before the party starts, I must've deleted it.
When and where is the Java Bloggers Meetup? What about the Solarmetric/Tangosol party? Is it now the SpringSource/BEA/Oracle party?
See y'all next week - I hope the networking opportunities are better than ever.