Day three was definitely the high point of the conference for me. As anyone who has spoken at tech conferences knows, the point in time when all of one's sessions have been given is the turning point between tempered enjoyment and pure enjoyment of the conference. I was blessed with the scheduling this year; I was all done after Wednesday. This put me in a great frame of mind to enjoy the Oracle Appreciation Event. Day three also saw the culmination of a long running project: the Web Framework Smackdown 2014 edition.
My last official obligation of the conference was my final booth duty in the Java EE both. This session closed out the JavaOne exhibition, and as such the traffic was a bit light. I was able to take a tour around the exhibition to obtain some schwag for my kids. This year it was novel to see Target with a booth. I've long been a fan (and shareholder) of Target, avoiding Wal*mart at all (unfortunately frequently too high) costs. They were recruiting. JavaOne is not a job fair, but it was still nice to see them representing Minneapolis, home of Facelets creator Jakob Hookom.
Booth duty done, it was on to a bit of fun in Duke's Cafe. As I mentioned in my JavaOne 2014 Day One blog entry, Chicago JUG leader Freddy Guime had put together a band of musician Java enthusiasts called the NullPointers. They allowed me to sit in with them for some songs during their set at 5pm Wednesday. This was a real honor and a great blast. At left, from the left you see Zoran Severac, Mattias Karlsson, of JFokus, Geert Bevin of ZeroTurnaround, and Jim Weaver, Java Developer Advocate for Oracle. At right, from the right, you see Freddy, Frank Greco of the New York Java Users Group and myself. I think my keyboard stand was formerly in the Hackergarten.
The fun kept on rolling, with the Oracle Appreciation Event. This used to be called the Customer Appreciation Event. I'm not sure why they renamed it. I would probably have given it a pass this year but for my 11 year old who is a big Macklemore fan. I'm glad I went because Macklemore was very entertaining, and Aerosmith put on a great show as well.