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JavaOne: Where are the good parties at?

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.

Related: JavaOne 2004, JavaOne 2005 and JavaOne 2006.

Posted in Java at Apr 28 2008, 08:21:34 AM MDT 6 Comments

I hear Synteras is throwing a sweet party at the W;-)

Posted by Kristin Caleca on April 28, 2008 at 04:13 PM MDT #

Don't forget the Java Bloggers party on Monday night at 7pm at the Thirsty Bear.

Posted by Don Brown on April 29, 2008 at 12:12 AM MDT #

Make that 7:30 PM at the Thirsty Bear on Monday night.

Posted by Don Brown on April 29, 2008 at 12:27 AM MDT #

Assuming you have a GCal account: search for JavaOne - there are several people that have linked them up.

Posted by Joe Walker on April 29, 2008 at 09:55 AM MDT #

Hi Matt. I found your post on the blog aggregation site I set up for JavaOne. (See

FYI, there's a list of mostly corporate parties in the JavaOne group on Facebook:

Looking forward to meeting you at JavaOne!

Posted by Joanne Kisling on April 29, 2008 at 02:30 PM MDT #

we'll be at the House of Shields most nights, but particularly Monday night as we wrap up our track at CommunityOne.

always head to the Shields late night; it's where the cool kids are to be found ;)

Posted by stephen o'grady on April 30, 2008 at 04:21 AM MDT #

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