OSCON Java is a new conference that I am helping to kick off as co-chair this July. While there are plenty of conferences out there that you could attend, I am confident that this is the one you won’t want to miss.
To celebrate the Java 7 release, I put together 7 reasons why you should attend OSCON Java. Also, make sure to use the 20% discount code of “OS11COM” when you register:
1. Come Celebrate the First New Java Release in Half a Decade!
The last major release of Java was Java 6, which came out 5 years ago on December 11, 2006. After only a year of the Sun acquisition, Oracle has already made a major Java release happen with another scheduled in a year’s time.
We have broad coverage of the Java 7 release with a keynote and technical session by Joe Darcy, and technical sessions on OpenJDK and Coin by Dalibor Topic and Stuart Marks. I have been pretty impressed with Stuart’s coverage of topics from a developer’s perspective and am looking forward to his talk myself.
2. Because Google Matters
Regardless of what you think about the Android lawsuit, I think the biggest detriment has been the lack of good content on Google technologies at Java conferences. We are an independent conference, so it allows us to bring content that you would otherwise not find, such as an exclusive keynote from Joshua Bloch and several mobile Android sessions to help you leverage your Java skills on modern devices.
3. You Think JVM Languages are Cool
It has been said that the crown jewel of the Java platform is the JVM, not the language. Java 7 has further solidified this with better support for dynamic languages. Come find out what is the latest and greatest on the alternative language front with a keynote and some meaty sessions from Martin Odersky, deep technical sessions on Groovy, Clojure, Scala, and other languages, and some bytecode hacking with Charles Nutter.
4. And You Wouldn’t Mind Hanging out with JVM language Authors for a Day…
On the Sunday before OSCON we are organizing a free JVM Languages Symposium that many of the speakers will be attending. This is a great opportunity to hang out with JVM language authors and the movers and shakers in the industry in an informal unconference atmosphere. Events like this are what I believe sets apart community-driven conferences from large corporate events, and provide a lot more value to the attendees than simply one-way content. If you happen to be in the Portland area, you can drop by for this free event with no obligation to stay for OSCON.
5. Your Boss Won’t Let You Fly to Belgium
I travel to speak at different conferences around the world and I would have to say that the golden standard for Java conferences is Devoxx. They have an amazing venue — it is great to see your slides on a huge movie screen, and relaxing for attendees to take it in from nice, plush seats. They attract an international audience… not only Belgium, but Italy, France, Germany, and citizens of many of the other surrounding countries consider Devoxx their home conference. Even though Devoxx is a wildly successful conference, they still have a small-conference feel, run by a very tight knit conference committee that acts more like a user group than an organization. This makes the entire conference experience much more personalized.
OSCON Java has a lot of similarities with Devoxx. It has a small, enthusiastic program committee with folks who really care about Java technologies. We are also following the Devoxx model of recording and posting talks online afterwards, so even if you miss a great talk because you are in the room next door, you can always watch it online later. Finally, since we are an independent conference, you get the full experience of Java, Android, and other technologies that you would otherwise have to go to multiple conferences to see.
6. OSCON is a Pretty Sweet Conference as Well…
The O’Reilly OSCON conference has been underrepresented in the Java community, but is a pretty huge event in its own right. They have some amazing content around emerging languages and mobile platforms. Plus, you can get OSCON, OSCON Java, and OSCON Data all wrapped up in one neat package with the OSCON Superpass.
7. There is Only One Inaugural Year!
This is our first year putting on OSCON Java, so we are pulling out all the stops with the best speakers, tutorials, content, and events. You will have a unique opportunity to participate in the creation of a new Java tradition, and a decade from now can brag to your friends about being a founding attendee of the biggest open-source Java conference in the world.