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This past February, I had the opportunity to attend Jfokus 2013. It was a great conference, and I'm glad to see that recordings of many sessions from the conference are now available. I wrote many blogs about the conference, for example, this blog about my Tuesday at Jfokus 2013.

The Parleys technology is revolutionizing communication of technology conference content to the broader developer community, in my view. The combination of recording the audio from sessions and merging it with the slides and live demos that correlate with what's being said into a video presentation -- that captures the content of the session in a way that enables developers who could not attend the conference to access the information after the fact, and typically for free. Knowledge that benefits the entire developer community is made available to all.

You can see all of the currently available Jfokus 2013 presentations on Parleys. It was a great conference. If you couldn't attend, your opportunity to "attend" post conference is available now.

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-- Kevin Farnham (@kevin_farnham)

At JavaOne 2013, I had the privilege of speaking for 10-15 minutes with Sean Phillips, Senior Software Engineer at a.i. solutions. a.i. solutions was a JavaOne 2013 Duke's Choice Award winner, and Sean had come to the table in the JavaOne Exhibition Hall seeking me.

This was fortuitous, because among all of this year's Duke's Choice Award winners, the one that's closest in its objective to work I've done since 1993 is a.i. solutions, since their work is on satellites, as is my own day job work. Here's the description of the app that won a.i. solutions the Duke:

To help facilitate and deploy the 2014 launch of National Aeronautics and Space Agency

Unlike some recent JavaOnes, JavaOne 2013 was more about maintaining Java's momentum in multiple directions than specific major announcements. Just before JavaOne started, we ran a poll that asked developers to predict what category of JavaOne 2013 announcement will have the broadest impact.

A total of 274 votes were cast in the poll, which ran for two weeks including the entirety of JavaOne. The exact statement voters responded to, and the results, were:

The JavaOne 2013 announcement that will have the broadest impact will be related to...

  • 67% (184 votes) - Core Java (Java 8, etc.)
  • 14% (39 votes) - Java EE
  • 6% (16 votes) - Embedded Java
  • 8% (21 votes) - JavaFX
  • 5% (14 votes) - Other

So, clearly the community expected announcements related to core Java to have the broadest impact going forward. While there may not have been lots of specific announcements, clearly core Java and Java 8 were a considerable focus of the conference. That said, to me much of the core Java presentation was similar to things that were presented at JavaOne 2012 -- at which time we were still looking forward to a Java 8 release that was heavily focused on Project Lambda.

In listening to the keynote addresses, I'd say that the announcement of the open sourcing of Project Avatar was fairly dramatic. The importance of JavaScript in modern web services continues to grow, and Avatar's focus on supporting WebSockets and Server-Sent Events makes the timing of its open source release significant.

While there wasn't a separate Java Embedded mini-conference this year, the "Edge Computing with Java in Embedded, Smart Card, and IoT Applications" track was a significant part of the conference, including being a major component of the demonstrations during the Sunday Java keynotes (see my blog JavaOne 2013 Impressions #1: So, Who Needs a Chess-Playing Robot, Anyway? for more about this). Again, there weren't huge, unexpected announcements related to the embedded space at JavaOne 2013, but the momentum pressed forward.

New poll:

Our current poll asks Did you follow the blogs and articles that were posted about JavaOne during the conference?. Voting will be open until Friday, October 18.

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-- Kevin Farnham (@kevin_farnham)

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