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JavaOne 2009 "Weird" Says the Father of Java

"This was another amazing JavaOne. It was also the weirdest."

"This was another amazing JavaOne," wrote James Gosling in his first post-conference blog. "It was also the weirdest: between the Oracle situation, the global meltdown, and the financial situation, it was very different." Sun nearly panicked, Gosling admits, fearing that "no one would show up. Almost every company that usually sends a crowd of people to JavaOne had travel restrictions that meant that few could attend." But all went well in the end.

The pending Oracle-Sun acquisition cast a shadow over areas of the event, such as the normally intense press and analyst activity:

"The press, of course, was weird this year: we did few interviews, mostly because there was only one topic they wanted to ask about, and there was nothing we could say."

"Our lineup of new technologies was great," Gosling affirmed. "JDK7 is looking wonderful; JavaFX reached another release milestone and is maturing nicely, along with its tools; glassfish V3 is becoming totally wonderful; NetBeans 6.7+kenai is a killer combination; and the [Java] store is on it's way to being an amazing addition."

Gosling, often known as The Father of Java, however he might strive to correct people that it was a team effort, adds a very personal note in reference to Scott McNealy:

"My favorite part of JavaOne this year was the standing ovation that Scott got on Monday. It was a remarkably emotional moment for everyone. To all of you who contributed to that thundering applause: Thanks!"

According to Gosling, attendance at JavaOne 2009 "ended up being about 15,000. Very respectable!"

Scott McNealy received a standing ovation on the opening day of JavaOne 2009

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