Eric Gunnerson was in the same position that I was in when I went to Microsoft TechEd a month ago. It was my first time at a Microsoft conference, and I was actually impressed.
Eric seems to be impressed with some parts of JavaOne too, including the community aspect that Java has (which is of course a double edged sword).
It is especially interesting to read about his thoughts on Groovy and AOP.
Groovy is a new scripting language (well, they call it an