Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Back From Java One

Last week I was at Java One, where I can easily say I thoroughly enjoyed the week of chaos that is JavaOne. The quality of people and content was truly astounding – I met a number of people I’d been wanting to meet for a while, and also spent some time getting to know more fellow JBoss developers. I spent the bulk of my time preparing my presentations, leaving little time to attend sessions. Hopefully this extra effort paid off ;)

JBoss Booth Sessions.

The first talk I gave was an impromptu one, filling in a last-minute vacancy in the schedule. I delivered a trimmed down version of the Mobile JSF talk I gave at JBW and JAX last June/July. The talk was well received, “trapping” a fair amount of traffic around the booth, and resulting in some interesting discussion at the end of the session. The slides from this session are available, and the session was filmed – I’ll follow up with links when the videos are available.

My second talk was also a booth session. This time I presented on Leveraging jQuery plugins to build JSF components. This talk demonstrates how to build custom JSF components using first the JSF 2 composite component feature, then the RichFaces CDK. Unfortunately this session was less well attended, which I think had a lot to do with the early morning-timing.

JavaOne Session

Hot dog at Pearl Jam party
Chili dog served at the JavaOne Appreciation Event

Finally I presented a JavaOne session with Lincoln Baxter III on the topic of Testing JSF Applications with Arquillian and Selenium. This slide was recorded, and the videos is available for online viewing. Additionally I’ve posted the slides on my website, and the source code used for the demos is available on github.

The JavaOne session went really well. I was not expecting the audience to be so unfamiliar with Arquillian, given how many times Arquillian was presented at JavaOne. As such we spent more time going over the Arquillian Basics, and this cut quite a bit into the time I wanted to spend on the JSF specific Arquillian Warp slides near the end of the presentation. Nevertheless, the message was well received, and we’ve successfully seeded the brains of a number of JSF developers with thoughts of testing with Arquillian.

Of course one can’t mention JavaOne without talking about the Oracle Appreciation Event. Words cannot express how supremely awesome it was to see Pearl Jam perform live! Larry Ellison’s going to have a tough time topping that next year!

All in all, I’d call the event a success. I’ll definitely be submitting a session abstract again next year!

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