(Not So) Stupid Questions
Editor's note: Sometimes the most interesting discussions begin when someone says, "This may be a stupid question, but ...." If the person asking the question has taken the time to think about the problem before asking, the question is often not stupid at all. The uncertainty points out an ambiguity in the specs, holes in the docs, or a search for how more experienced programmers might address a particular problem. From time to time, we will print one of the "(Not So) Stupid Questions" we receive and invite our readers to answer the question in the feedback section.
Remember that new people are joining the Java community all the time and may be looking for help from those with more experience. Also, those who began with Java as their first language can benefit from those coming to the community with experience in other languages. As always, answer the questions with kindness. You are also welcome to submit your questions to
This may be a stupid question, but ... "I'm attending my first JavaOne. What should I plan on?"
I worried about asking this question. I'm not really interested in having people tell me "don't go" or "why bother" or "JavaOne is so over." My company has decided to send me to JavaOne and I'd like to get as much as I can out of the experience.
I haven't booked my flight yet. When would you suggest that I get there? When should I leave? Is this the kind of conference where I need to be around the whole time or do people come late and leave early?
I see lots of different kinds of sessions on the schedules. It looks like there are technical keynotes, sponsored keynotes, technical sessions, and BoFs. Where is the most value? Should I plan to stay up late at the BoFs? Get up early for the keynotes? Go to everything?
Is this the kind of conference where there are great hallway conversations? It seems kind of too big for that. Where do the really interesting conversations take place?
As for the presentations, do you really hear technical details or are these all marketing talks? What should I look for to find out the nuts-and-bolts kind of stuff from people who actually write code and deploy apps?
And I guess my big question is:
How do I get the most out of JavaOne?