The Java Road Tripspent an afternoon and evening in the parking lot at Oracle's Burlington, Massachusetts, USA office on Thursday, June 24. I had been working at the data center where I do most of my programming, and I pulled in beneath noisy skies, my car splashing through the puddles, as I strained to read the signs that identified each building and parking lot. Finally, I was in the right parking lot, and I saw the bus:

Checking the radar on my BlackBerry, I saw a possibility that the storm would end before long. I was there quite early, so I assumed the event would indeed take place.

Sure enough, about 30 minutes later, things were looking up:

Soon the actual event was underway. Roger Brinkleydemonstrated some interesting devices powered by Sun SPOTs, including a set of gloves that could be used control a laptop computer. Here, a volunteer is attempting to move puzzle pieces into the correct location using the gloves, without touching the laptop's keyboard:

Here's a closer look at one of the gloves:

Because the storm scared off the food caterer, several members of the Java Road Trip crew ran out for pizza. It's arrival peeled layers of people away from demo tent. I took this picture not too long after I'd consumed a couple of pieces, attempting to capture as many of the attendees as possible in one picture:

I listened in on plenty of interesting conversations, people describing their jobs to the Java Road Trip crew, people talking about what's happening with GlassFish, the recent GlassFish release, Java EE 6... A second demonstration in the tent featured graphical analysis of garbage collection.

Inside the bus, I watched a video about the design and development of the JavaFX 2010 Winter Olympics application. I also registered as having participated in the Java Road Trip, and was gifted with a package shaped like a fat surfboard.

I chose not to open my Java Road Trip swag until I got home. Here you can see its original packaging (as it lays on top of my notes for this past week's front page):

As one might expect, a tshirt packed in a rather small surfboard-shaped package is going to be a bit wrinkly when it first comes out of the package:

A couple hours earlier, just before I took off for my long drive back to Connecticut, I took this picture of the back of the Java Bus:

Goodbye, Java Bus! Thanks for visiting, Java Road Trip. Special thanks also to the New England Java Users Group for inviting the bus to visit!

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-- Kevin Farnham
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