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Hello JUG Leaders & Champions....

I've been busy of late, but I wanted to let you all know that I  landed safely with a new job at Adobe. I will be one of their new  Community Managers working with several of their user group communities:  Flex, Air, ColdFusion,  Photoshop User Group(s) + many more.

Officially started today 3/15.

Ran into my old friend Chet  Haas in the Adobe SF office last week during team meetings...looking forward to working  with that "filthy rich clients" guy again. Special thanks to James Ward who cared enough to  mention my name to my new boss @ Adobe... really appreciate that.  And  then there is Janice  Campbell (former NetBeans team), who is also at Adobe working on  platform localization and with the community relations... In fact, there  are lots of Sun folks here at Adobe....

But, 30+ days after the Great RIF... I just want to thank all of you  JUG Leaders, Java Champions, and NetBeans Dream Team... for your  comments on my blog, twitter, and facebook made a difference in my  future... YOU guys will always have a friend at Adobe, whatever your software politics may be...

My new home will be here....And  here is one of their community members--check it out...the Flex Gangsta 

(Oh yeah, this is going to be fun!)


P.S. On a sad note, today, I heard that Simon Phipps and Tim   Bray have also moved on to new things...wish them both the best of  luck... more  on the exodus here.

Obrigado, my friends,  It is time for me to leave Sun/Oracle. Thanks, to all of the Java Champions, NetBeans Dream Teamers and JUG Leaders who have just been terrific over the last (5) years....You guys are "cool"! Stick together and maintain your connections with each other.

See you on the other side... But, I probably won't be too far away  ;-) 

JUGs/JC's support Nichole Scott, she's gonna need it, really!

Special Thanks, to Bruno Souza (aka "braziljavaman") for teaching me pretty much everything I know about online communities.

And finally, Special Thanks, to James Gosling and all of the Java Technology Evangelists that I have worked with over the years....(Thanks James, for joining my Facebook account -- Kewl!...and please don't wear a tie)



Viva! Las Vegas!

"This is Houston... signing off..."

ORIGINALLY Posted on December 10, 2009 at 2:21 PM PST (before site was 
taken down)

Last night, I attended the very first JavaFX JUG meeting in Silicon Valley. We has a special guest speaker in Richard Bair who gave an introductory talk on JavaFX. Also, Josh Marinacci happened to be in town from Portland, Or.  Stephen Chin plugged Josh into the talk line-up before Richard. Josh commented that he was the "appetizer" before the main course...(i.e. Rich's talk). Josh showed-off his Project MaiTai (an open source tool for building interactive artwork-written in JavaFX) and he also demo'd the Java Store...showed how easy it is to get involved in that and perhaps make a little $$ on the side.

Stephen Chin and Keith Combs are leading this JUG. Hat's off to them. It is not easy to be a JUG Leader, but having a co-leader is a big help. They had a very nice turn-out with 60 folks in the room and 40 more virtually through the live streaming event that they coordinated. Stephen Chin has the video of Richard Bair and the slides up on

(need to have the parleys desktop client loaded to view--or just go to parleys and look for the "spaces" section -- not the "channels" -- spaces)

So, we had quite a few people in the audience, some notable local JUG community leaders: Michael Van Riper (SVWUG), Kevin Nilsson (SVWUG), Aleksander "Sasa" Garganta (San Francisco JUG/Marakana). Some Java community leaders and I  took the opportunity to present Kevin Nilsson his "Java Champion" shirt, since he was recently admitted into the Java Champion's community.  We also had other notable folks attend this meeting: Stuart Marks (Sun JavaFX team) was in the room + some members from the JavaFX marketing team who invited folks to become a JavaFX partner; details here; and, Jim Weaver ( was watching the event remotely.

Took some photos of the event (I always do). Below is a Picasa Slideshow of the photos... I saw "Sasa" (SFJUG) also taking photos as well, so I will get that info later.


There were some cool prizes given away...probably the most valuable to a Java Developer was the DEVOXX Parley's membership to view all of those presentations; but, there were JavaFX books/eBooks/T-shirts/SunSPOT Developer Kits/and more. Stephen Chin used his JavaFX-based Winning Wheel to giveaway the prizes (the source code is available free:

Lastly, very special thanks to our Google host for the venue + Pizza! And to Michael Van Riper and Kevin Nilsson helping Stephen and Keith put this thing on

... I think it was a very successful, Guys... lots of comments on the page. I have a feeling I will be attending more of the Silicon Valley JavaFX meeting(s).

"This is HOUSTON...." -- Here is a collection of voices and quotes from the DEVOXX conference last week...

Well... DEVOXX is over... It was a busy week; and, I had planned to record a 100 voices from DEVOXX... Well it didn't happen...just like at JavaOne.... the events, the technical sessions, BOFs, and the personal time I spend with the JUG Leaders and community leaders all took its toll on my best intentions. However, I did come up with some interesting recordings and my question got into the Java Posse BOF (thanks to Kevin Nilsson SVWUG) --  they will be last on my list compiled below. FYI, some of the speakers are not native english speakers, but I wanted to interview them anyways, because they had a lot of passion for Java. And of course, if there are any corrections, I can be contacted from the JUGs Community Page (look in the right-hand column for an email address to jugprograms)
12/2/09 Couple of Updates already... Aaron
DISCLAIMER: The views and opinions expressed below in this blog are of  those of the respondents; I am simply reporting what I have observed at DEVOXX
So, WHAT was the question I was asking people at DEVOXX?

What is your greatest concern for Java?

And Here's the list... with the Quotes, links to the MP3's so you can listen in...and again I  apologize if I didn't get your name or info right; just send me an email and I will correct.


  1.     R09_0002 -- Andrei Yuchenko -- Hague/Amsterdam Netherlands -- Java Developer
        "...My greatest concern is the independence of the [Java] the past, it has enjoyed a certain amount of freedom...and companies who counted on the Java Platform could rely that it would continue to evolve in a independent fashion... Oracle is known for its commercial take on things, so really I am afraid that this freedom may evaporate..."  --Andrei Yuchenko

  3.     R09_0003 -- Lior Bornshtain -- Netherlands/orig from Israel -- Chief Java Architect -- AllShare Banking Solutions
        "...I do really trust that good things will continue with the OpenJDK, regardless of which company is behind it...More of a concern to me is Sun's other products like GlassFish, OpenESB...Hmm...maybe actually the runtime itself...What would happen if Oracle wants to merge it with this is currently the main worries for me... "[Lior is an active GlassFish User and is trying to gain GF adoption at his company] --Lior Bornshtain

  5.     R09_0004 -- Berto Mendonca -- living in Belgium/orig from Forteleza Brazil -- co-leader & Doctoral student
        "...My viewpoint is as a community leader in Caere, Forteleza - Brazil are so many technologies [i.e. Ruby, Scala, Groovy, etc] that are trying to bring productivity [to the Java Developer community]...and our great concern there is that those technologies are taking people from our community, because we love Java, of course, but it's all about productivity, cost, and what people adopt [as their core skills/technology] my biggest concern is how Java can be more productive for all comes from the opinion of the community...we want to keep Java as a focus, develop it, develop the community, but we should show to them [Java Developers] this is good for them, their job, to make money, to be I hope the current development team continues to improve Java, make it faster...more productive "  --Berto Mendonca

  7.     R09_0005 -- Cadi Zouheir -- Paris, France -- Paris JUG co-lead & senior software architect
        "...The question of what happens after the merger between Oracle and Sun...I don't know what the future will be of the [Java] Language and the Platform...What will be the commitment of the company after this merger...I don't know if it will be the same commitment by Oracle to the community after this make the [Java] language and its community dynamic and active..."  --Cadi Zouheir

  9.     R09_0007 -- David DeWalle -- Paris, France -- Paris JUG co-lead -- Java Developer/Architect
        "...I love the contact with the [Java] code...I write web clients... so I have a lot of concerns, because I am passionate about Java...My first love is with graphical interfaces, so with Java it is really fun...Java evolved a lot in regards to the back-end [enterprise Java], so as someone who works with the front end [rich clients, GUIs].. SWING has not evolved, really.  Personally, I think that was a I would like to see more advancement of SWING..When you see what will come with Java 7, you realize that SWING is still late...will there be any additional SWING Specification in Java 7? ..."  --David DeWalle

  11.     R09_0008 -- Christophe Jollivet -- Tours France; co-lead Tours JUG; contributing technical writer for (all-French Java Portal); Java Developer
        "...My greatest concern is for the Community around Java, because we have a lot of people who drive the community...people with 'Shining Eyes' when they speak of Java...So sometimes we [Java Community] need support, which Sun did by hiring community people [The Sun technology outreach personnel and evangelist(s) to interact with us - the community]..and I'm afraid that this isn't the way of thinking for Oracle..."  --Christophe Jollivet

  13.     R09_0009 -- Mathieu Ancelin -- Poitou-Charentes, France; co-lead -- Junior Java Developer + involved in OpenSource Community
        "...My greatest concern for Java is related to the Oracle-Sun is about the new features of the [Java] Language... I don't know if Oracle would support new features in the [Java] language...don't know if they would support the community for a long time....concern that we won't be able to do anything new with Java in the OpenSource community...I would like to see an OpenSource commitment to Java from Oracle...."  --Mathieu Ancelin

  15.     R09_0010 -- Sven Reimers -- Germany -- Senior Systems Engineer/Java Architect ND Satcom doing Rich Client Apps also NetBeans DreamTeam member
        "...Given the fact that my work is based on the NetBeans platform...not sure what will happen to the NetBeans platform in the merger with Oracle...there is still no communication..We are always trying to figure out with this is a platform that will really be supported and driven from Sun or Oracle...there is a lot of applications based on it [NetBeans] will be interesting to get a bit more information about this, since we [ND SatCom] invested heavily in this...[bonus question--How do you use Java and Oracle at ND SatCom?] ....We have a Java rich-client NetBeans server-based application...and we are using Oracle as our primary database...we have a large customer and we ship about 200 installations of Oracle along with our product...."  --Sven Reimers

  17.     R09_0011 -- Peter Pilgrim -- London, UK -- Java Architect w/ Investment Banking firm in London, Java Champion, JUG Leader London JAVAWUG
        "...My greatest concern for Java right now is perhaps that it could fragment into various pieces...with the developers not really caring who provides Java... I am hopeful that it won't happen...obviously the transition from Sun to Oracle will be successful...and the Java Virtual Machine will continue to be the main platform out there that attracts people who want...would like open-source software and would like to develop software for any machine [PC, Linux, Apple etc] out there in the world...." --Peter Pilgrim

  19.     R09_0012 -- Florian Vogler -- Lake Constance, Germany -- Java Designer for Ground based Satellite Systems at ND Satcom
        "...Difficult to my opinion, I'm a little bit confused about the information [out there]...everything is a bit hidden...I don't know what is going on in Oracle or what will go on with Sun in the future...I think most people think of Java and think of Sun... it [the names] belongs to each other... and I don't know how open Java will be in the future...and in my company [ND SatCom] we work a lot with NetBeans and I don't know how it will be supported in the future... there are no answers no information being made available to us....what discussions are going on...that's the problem no information..."  --Florian Vogler

  21.     R09_0015 -- Frank Greco -- NY, NY USA -- Sr. Architect; Dir. of Technology for, Java Champion; Founder/Leader of NYJAVASIG; USA's 1st + Largest JUG
        "...My biggest concern is with the current Oracle/Sun acquisition...I know Oracle is trying to do their best to take Java and Sun's technologies and do something constructive with them, but as a Java developer and as a lead for the New Java Special Interest Group (NYJAVASIG) we are just concerned that Oracle will not keep a lot of the Open Source philosophy, feeling, and culture that's been a mainstay of  the Java Community under Sun's direction..."  --Frank Greco

  23.     R09_0016 -- Stephan Janssen -- Belgium -- Sr. Software Developer; Founder of Belgian JUG; DEVOXX conference organizer; Day Job: founder/owner an e-learning platform
        "...So for me, for Java, as a conference organizer for DEVOXX, it takes place nicely 6 months away from JavaOne, so what is nice is that we have a lead of 6 months for announcements [about Java] for the European Java developers, so just a few hours ago [at the DEVOXX conference] Mark Reinhold announced that we will have simple closures in JDK7, and he announce this at DEVOXX...So we have two points in time: at JavaOne and at DEVOXX where we can have nice announcements [about Java]...So my concern is what is going to happen to JavaOne? And let's say there are different scenarios where JavaOne stays in June, then great! But, as you know, there is no call for papers yet [for JavaOne]..... but let's say, worst case scenario for us, if Sun-Oracle decides to put JavaOne in front of say Oracle OpenWorld in October, then that would be like 3-4 weeks away from DEVOXX that would hurt us and it would hurt the Java Community, because the two conferences would be way too close to each other.... all the announcements would happen at JavaOne...and we wouldn't have any mobilization period to find speakers, to get topics, because it would almost be a replica of the JavaOne conference...and if I am not in the loop as the organizer for would be really difficult. So that's my biggest concern for Java..."  --Stephan Janssen

  25.     R09_0018 -- Peter Van de Voorde -- Belgium -- Sr Software Engineer in Java with in Huizingen
        "...At the moment, my greatest concern is for the Java User Groups (JUGs); what is going to happen with it? How is it going to be supported? How is Oracle going to handle it? Because Oracle User Groups are totally different and organized [differently than Java User Groups] and Yeah, I am a member of the Belgian JUG (BeJUG) steering committee and we're a little bit worried about it...but we'll see..."  --Peter Van de Voorde

  27.     R09_0019 -- Xavier Hanin (slightly garbled)  -- Bordeaux, France -- member of the Bordeaux JUG, Java Developer first, also Java Architect
        "...I think my greatest concern is about the Java Language itself, I am currently exploring ways to use different languages on the Java Virtual Machine (JVM) itself, because I really like the JVM itself, and I currently exploring different languages like Scala, Groovy, and so on..." --Xavier Hanin

    R09_0021 -- Antonio Goncalves -- Paris, France -- Sr. Java Developer, Java Architect; Java Champion; co-lead Paris JUG; JCP Expert Group mbr; book author; DEVOXX presenter
        "...Well, I have plenty of concerns about Java...I think the greatest concerns I have is about the Java Community Process (JCP) is not clear where the JCP is going...the JCP has improved a lot [the past few years]...the JCP was opening up, there were more JSRs being opened, there was a revival of open source reference implementations...when you talk about Open Source, you also talk about the community behind it...the JCP was opening up, being more driven...more public mailing lists...the JCP was just about on the right path, now my concern is Yeah, now what is going to happen to the JCP... for me, I think the best thing is to have an independent organization like W3c, or Oasis or something like that... maybe that could be the best that could happen to the JCP... And so, when you see what is happening with JDK7 which doesn't have any Java SE 7 which means no specifications at all, so there are people working on the next version of the JDK, but there is no specification [as coordinated by the JCP process]  it has been a bit confusion about the JCP.  What is it's role? What should it be?... Where should it start? ... Where should it stop?..."  --Antonio Goncalves

  31.     R09_0022 -- Samuel Mellert -- Karlsruhe, Germany -- Software Developer for IT hosting company in Karlsruhe; Co-JUG leader Karlsruhe JUG
        "...Well, with the merger with Oracle, the Java Community Process is not going as it was....  from the community to the top, unlike at Oracle where it is from the top...down.... therefore there are some issues that were lost in the process...Another concern [his opinion], is that Java isn't that big of a deal for Oracle...because they are in the database space...I think there are trying to use mySQL to sell Oracle databases and Java is just a side-game for them..."  --Samuel Mellert

  33.     R09_0023 -- These are the Introductions of the JUG leaders who attended the JUG BOF on Wed Nov 18th, 2009
        R09_0024  ***THIS IS THE RECORDING OF JAMES GOSLING Q & A Session at the JUG BOF
        James Gosling mentioned that his concern was that Java would turn into the next COBOL...time-marks on my previous blog entry

  35.     R09_0025-- Bert Ertman -- The Netherlands -- Technology Manager for the IT Consulting Co. InfoSys; JUG Leader Dutch Java User Group
        "...My greatest concern for Java is that in coming few months after the merger goes through... that something awkward happens that cause Java to be forked,  one of the other major companies comes in says we're gonna hold it [Java] here like IBM or SAP...and they say we go to Apache Harmony and become another Java and become another COBOL...or another Corba for that matter..."  --Bert Ertman

  37.     R09_0026 -- "JUGGY" (the JUG mascot) -- Island of Java, Indonesia (after all he is a "Java" Finch) -- JUG Mascot on
        "...My greatest concern for Java is that Duke disappears...I want Duke to be amongst us [Java Developers] forever...Duke, We Love You!..."    --JUGGY the Java Finch
        [Duke is the Java Mascot, largely created by James Gosling]

  39.     R09_0027 -- "Bert" -- the Netherlands -- Delivery Manager for Atos Origin (Dutch IT integrator/ Java consulting); corporate sponsor and a corporate member
        "...My greatest concern for Java right now is that it stands still while we wait for this merger...nothing is happening... I hope that Oracle will support the Java User Groups as much as Sun has...." --Bert from Atos Origin

  41.     R09_0028 -- Darko Palic -- Germany -- Java Enterprise Architect/developer; Java User Group Stuttgart Leader
        "...So since Oracle is buying Sun, it is completely unclear what will happen in the future....which technologies survive, what will be the next technology for UI [User interface], Will SWING Survive? Will JavaFX survive? ..." --Darko Palic

  43.     R09_0029 -- Thomas Kruse from Muenster, Germany -- Java Developer and Consultant for telephony/communications sector; JUG Leader of the Muenster JUG
        "...So since Oracle is buying Sun, it is completely unclear what will happen in the future....which technologies survive, what will be the next technology for UI [User interface], Will SWING Survive? Will JavaFX survive? ..." --Thomas from Muenster Germany

  45.     R09_0030 -- Gerrit Grunwald -- Dortmund, Germany -- Java Applications Scientist with Raith GmbH a semiconductor lithography and navigation solutions co. Muenster JUG
        "...My biggest concern is for the NetBeans platform, I hope that it will survive and will provide an alternative IDE for developer....and of course JavaOne? [will there be another JavaOne] --Gerrit Grunwald

  47.     R09_0032 -- Niels Herremoeg -- Denmark -- Independent Java EE Consultant and Architecture; JavaGruppen (Danish JUG) Leader
        "...So my greatest concern is that the Sun-Oracle merger will get bogged down in legal details and that will hamper the development of Java and allow competitors to spread few and doubt about the future of Java as a platform...." --Niels Herremoeg

  49.     R09_0033 -- Nicolas Martignole -- Paris, France -- Well known and productive "French Bloggeur"; Java Developer, Paris JUG member
        "...So I was at the James Gosling presentation [JUG BOF]...and I think what we have to learn from the feedback from the community, the [Java] language is evolving and what we said [in the JUG BOF] is that we will be 'COBOL' guys and so my biggest concern is that..are we aware that we are getting older and we have to keep in touch with these new languages [ie Scala, Groovy, etc].. I was really impressed with what James Gosling said about the Scala perspective [the there could be an ease of use issue, since not everybody understands how complicated Scala is] and the groovy language, and I think as a Java developer we have to stay in touch with what is going on in the community...and maybe we should switch our brain from the Java language side to the Java Platform are we able to move to the next step..." --Nicolas Martignole

  51.     R09_0034 -- Ludovic Hochet -- Tours, France -- Java Developer/Architect; Tours JUG member
        "...So my greatest concern for Java is that it is stagnating...and really when see things like Groovy, Jruby, and Scala they get a lot of attention; those languages seem to be evolving whereas Java seems to be staying as it is... --Ludovic Hochet

  53.     R09_0035 -- Stephen Colebourne -- London, UK -- Java Developer for a travel e-commerce website; Java Champion
        "...My concern really is the big issue that's been in the room for the last (2 1/2) years, where Sun Microsystems deliberately chose not give a license to Apache for their version of Java -- Apache Harmony...There's quite a lot of background issues and political sides to the debate, but the reality is in terms what it actually means to developers, is that at present, unless something changes, there won't be a Java 7, there will only be an JDK7... there will only be Java from ONE wouldn't have for example JRocket, because there will be no way to define what specification JRocket will have to meet...and similar things like that... it seems like a minor esoteric legal issue, but it isn't... it's really about big politics and big money...and that's something that has seized up the entire JCP process for (2 1/2) years... so we would quite like to get it sorted please..."  --Stephen Colebourne

  55.     R09_0037 -- Lucio Benfante -- Padova, Italy -- Java Consultant,  ; JavaDay conference co-organizer; Java Champion, Java OpenSource Developer -several projects, including "JUG-Events" on and "Parancoe"
        "...At present, I think [my concern is about Java's simplicity] it is about simplicity...building a Java system is too I am a big fan of the Spring Framework...I think it is the most simple method for building complex applications in the Java eco-system...I think it should be easier to choose a technology and use in your [software] application..." --Lucio Benfante

  57.     R09_0038 -- MORE from Lucio Benfante about Oracle acquisition and NetBeans RCP...and support for NetBeans Rich Client Platform.
        "...I have a big concern about the Oracle acquisition...I'm afraid about the NetBeans Rich Client Platform (RCP)..I think Oracle is missing a big point about the NetBeans platform...Oracle is obviously in competition with IBM...IBM has Eclipse RCP...the only alternative at present is the NetBeans RCP as a platform...Spring has started to develop its own RCP platform which is a good point for Oracle not to dismiss the NetBeans RCP which is already is a value that already intrinsically exists in the NetBeans Community..." --Lucio Benfante

  59.     R09_0040 -- Kevin Nilsson -- Silicon Valley area, CA, USA -- Java ME Developer for, Co-Leader Silicon Valley Web User Group (SVWUG), DEVOXX speaker on CometD
        "...So for me...two years ago at JavaOne, I attended a talk about Servlets 3, and I was very excited by everything I saw...the web fragments...being able to get rid of the web xml...all of these exciting new features...but, then again JavaOne...I saw the same talk...and now at DEVOXX I see the same talk we are a year and half later and we still don't have it finalized...we still don't have Servlets 3 in the Virtual Machine or release anywhere...there is a preview version in GlassFish...but it is not finalize...not stable...for me this is a really big concern for Java.. I feel if we can't move faster, then we're going to become the next COBOL...we need to move the language faster to keep Java strong..."  --Kevin Nilsson

  61.     R09_0041 -- Stephan Epardeaux -- Nice, France -- Java Architect in Enterprise Development; Co-Leader Riviera JUG
        "...So my greatest concern for Java is the backwards compatibility, so we saw new features that were introduced in Java 5, we see new features that want to be introduced in Java 7; it seems like backwards compatibility is holding us [developers] back in terms of what we can do and cannot it looks like we are very limited with changes we can put into Java with regards to backwards I wonder if there is not a good time in the near future to break backwards compatibility..." [James Gosling addresses this in MP3 #24 from the JUG BOF in the 25min 00 sec - 32min 00 sec segment of that MP3] --Stephan Epardeaux

  63.     R09_0042 -- Michael Van Riper -- Silicon Valley area, CA, USA  -- Java Developer and Chief Web Technologist at; Java Champion, Co-Leader SVWUG
        "...So I have a couple...but my short-term concern is JavaOne? we would probably closing soon the call for papers...and I know with the impending deal with Oracle...that nothing is really being done long-term...seems like we are running out of time to have a JavaOne...whether Oracle was for it or not...because of this whole merger mess, so I am really concerned that if this isn't settled soon then there won't be an option to have the timeframe that it is supposed to be [May-June 2010]..." --Michael Van Riper

  65.     R09_0043 -- "Luchan" -- Romania -- Java Developer for international betting/gaming website; Transylvania JUG member
        "...Oracle bought the Java... What will happen to Java in the future..."  --Luchan from Transylvania JUG

  67.     R09_0044 -- Kirk Pepperdine -- Hungary/orig from Canada -- Java Performance Tuning Consultant/Specialist/Trainer; Java Champion; DEVOXX Speaker
        "...My greatest concern for Java is really to do more with the Community that Sun has managed to build around Java....every aspect of Java...and we've developed a level of trust with Sun and my concern is with the acquisition with Oracle... I do hope they [Oracle] will maintain the same level of community involvement..."  --Kirk Pepperdine

  69.     R09_0045 -- "Don" from DEVOXX staff & London, UK -- Java specialist working for a company who customizes confluence and specialized wikis for use in the enterprise/social collaboration websites; also member of DEVOXX technical/systems staff --
        "...So we've two areas that have been growing, Java the Language and Java the Platform...Java Platform is becoming really standardized, but we're getting big fragmentation inside of Java the Language...and that has dissipated somewhat with things like JRuby coming through...especially Scala...a lot of areas pulling us in different directions...and we are now being distracted by what may or may not be in JDK 7... everyone seems to be focusing on the fragmentation of these languages...concerned about another branch(s) of Java..." --Don from the DEVOXX Staff

  71.     R09_0046 -- Bill Venners -- California, USA -- Founder/Editor of the Artima Developer Website(LEARN, THINK, IMAGINE); Scala Book Author; Java Champion, DEVOXX presenter
        "...I'd say that there's uncertainty with the Oracle/Sun acquisition...and what's gonna happen...I'm not sure I am concerned...just concerned that something will happen that we [as developers] won't like...but, I think things will be fine..." --Bill Venners

  73.     R09_0047 -- Anton "Toni" Epple -- Munich, Germany -- Consultant and Trainer for the NetBeans platform, NetBeans DreamTeam Member
        "...I'm a leader of the Tools Community together with Fabiane and Daniel Lopez... My concern is about  Java and the openness of Java is right now a little bit people are asking themselves: Will Java stay as open as it is?  Will it be more like closed-sourced? What is the future of other projects like OpenJDK....right now people are considering how they should proceed with Java..."  --Toni Epple

  75.     R09_0048 -- Mattias Karlsson -- Stockholm, Sweden -- Java Developer/Architect with Ciber a financial services software integrator; Java Champion; JUG Leader of JavaForum-Swedish JUG; Conference organizer for JFokus
        "...So for Java the language, [concerned about] the diversity at the moment...the JCP... But, as a JUG Leader and a conference organizer...earlier we got very good support from Sun, they helped the JUG and they were always very supportive of the conferences...They [Sun] isn't doing that anymore or as the deal with Oracle has really affected this...we'll just have to wait and see what happens....There's a big concern that we don't get the same support from Sun at the is the conference site..." --Mattias Karlsson

  77.     R09_0049 -- Vincent Brabant -- Brussels, Belgium -- Java Developer; former Java Champion & Netbeans DreamTeam member; contributing writer to (All-French Java Portal)
        "...Hi I am living in Brussels...and my greatest concern for Java is I would like to see continued development on the Java Virtual Machine and the HotSpot...they are quite powerful and enable me to write code that is quite powerful..."--Vincent Brabant
        Lastly, the Java Posse commented to my Question. My "super-stealthy" JUG leader (Kevin Nilsson) ask them the question during their BOF Q & A at DEVOXX... (actually Dick Wall and Carl Quinn had a heads-up on the question before...)
        Java Posse Podcast #287 LIVE from DEVOXX on skip to the 00:47:21 time mark in the "Q & A" session
  79. carl  Carl Quinn: "...My biggest worry, and hopefully it will be unfounded, is that the leadership of Java is a bit fuzzy right now... JCP seems a bit stalled...Sun is on hold waiting to see what Oracle is going to do...tough time...I think if we can weather through this and Oracle steps in and resolves issues with the JCP...that would be awesome..."
  81. tor  Tor Norbye:  [Dick to Tor..."you can assume/interpret the question any way you like" -- yep that was the idea, Dick ;-) -- HOUSTON]  "...I don't think Java, really, has many concerns at all...I clearly want to get the EU thing cleared up, so the ownership transfer can take place and we can basically move forward... Java the platform is pretty solid.. Java the Language, with JavaFX Sun can pretty much do whatever they want which makes for very rapid improvements... and I really like that...every release [of JavaFX] is exponentially better than the last...You don't want that for Java...One company putting whatever they want in, because there are so many people who rely on Java being what it I think we need different solutions for those (2) problems [Java the Platform and Java the Language] ...."
  83. joe  Joe Nuxoll:   "[my greatest concern]... From a business perspective, it is pretty obvious...the company that owns the entire boat ["boat" being a reference to Java?], is in dire straits and that's gotta get resolved...I agree with Tor...even if Sun caught on fire and burned..disappeared tomorrow...I think the Java is going to be around for a really long time still because there are so many other companies who are invested in it...Java is NOT just one language and a platform... it is a platform that they focusing on trying to get as many languages as they can to solve as many different problems as they have, or that they can think of...last one, technically speaking, about JavaFX...especially with the slip of Java 7 to sometime next year a lot of the cooler things they are going to need [for JavaFX] to be competitive in today's marketplace..they are not going to have modularity [a modular JDK] until then [later] and that's a big deal for competing against Flash...."
        Tor retorts: "...Just to clarify.. JavaFx isn't Java and it doesn't have to run on a pure Java stack, so you could run JavaFX on a phone that doesn't have a Java stack under it...and the next generation graphics stack doesn't have AWT or SWING under it...."
  85. dick  Dick Wall:  "I'm gonna start upbeat...I think the JVM is in great shape...there are many people who have done great work here... making the JVM ready for multiple languages... Java the language, however, is something that I have been wrestling with a lot recently...for the last (4) years I have been following the news pretty closely...there is some new development work happening all the time, but it is gradually being swamped or just overcome by stuff we've already solved dozens of times...and I think it is because when the language kinda stopped moving so did the problems we were solving with I think that closures which came as a totally surprise to me [here at DEVOXX, referring to Reinhold's announcement] and is a real shot in the arm that will invigorate a lot of stuff. I think we are going to see a lot of libraries...pick it up...we're going to start seeing some new problems being solved with Java the language..."
        Tor Adds: "I think the platform is really what the crown jewels are here, and that's the most important part to push forward....and I don't think you want to do anything too dramatic with Java, that's why I like this closures proposal..seems to find the right balance..."

Also, Geertjan Wielenga did a similar thing by asking a question at DEVOXX, videotaping the results: "One thing you learned at DEVOXX". That video is over at DZone-Java Lobby and that is also worth checking out...."Thanks Geertjan...."

Also, I want to thank Philip Hickman, in London, for his services as my file hosting services provider while I was in Antwerp...he's got reasonable prices for online file hosting Philip... and I hope the downloads of these recordings won't break your server...