Wow, what a busy few days in Vegas for TheServerSide Java Symposium. It feels like one loooooong day, with time running so fast, and the casino showing you constant daylight.
It was interesting to see the show grow from last year. It is really all about the people. The entire community makes this event what it is. If you looked around the event you see:
- Talks: The presentations were quality, and by smart people
- Collaboration: It was so great to see people from various companies, and open source projects, coming together to discuss things. As good as the talks are… it is this collaboration which makes the event so much more. Here you can see Spring, Dynaop, and AspectJ leaders talk about issues and techniques that the employ within AOP (or should I just be saying AO now too ;). Various frameworks discuss how they can leverage eachother…. how best to plug together…. and generally play nice. It also gives the users a chance to talk to the project leads on apps that they are using day in, day out. This feedback loop is so important. This was shown by the JCP, and how keen they were to listen (thanks Onno and company).
Let’s face it. You can’t beat face to face communication. Having a beer with someone, and connecting with them in general does wonders. When you are emailing eachother you can picture the other end. You *get* who they are a little more.
Anyway, I was really excited to see the community together. Thanks for making it all happen. I look forward to seeing you all next year!