JavaLand 2015 Early Adopter's Area

With only 25 business days to go until JavaLand 2015, now's a good time to share the plans for the Early Adopter's area and Hackergarten. As at many other Java community conferences, this is a space where anyone can visit and meet with leaders of different parts of the Java ecosystem to see first hand what's new in their own little patch of the Java world. The detail page for this space on the JavaLand website: < > lists the individuals who have committed to spend some time in the space. I've been participating in these kinds of spaces for nearly ten years now and it's always very worthwhile for me to interact with the community in this way.

The schedule of mini-presentations is still not yet finalized, but the detail page will have the final schedule when it is. In the meantime, I can share an alphabetical snapshot of the current set of individuals and their topics. If I have any commentary to add for each entry, I'll add it. As I prepared the commentary, a theme emerged. Every one of these individuals is passionately advocating for their ideas in the face of some form of challenge. I see individuals who are trying to displace an incumbent technology, trying to overcome some part of the community "not getting" their idea, and fighting the old bugbear of complexity/indifference. This passion makes it worth your time to stop by the early adopter's area.

Alex Snaps, Peter Lawrey

Alex and Peter are talking about JCache and Data Grids


Anatole Tresch

Apache Tamaya, Java Configuration, and Money and Currency

Anatole has been super determined to make progress on the configuration for Java effort. This effort started out as an Oracle-lead JSR proposal, was transferred to Anatole's employer, Credit Suisse, was declined for consideration in both EE and SE JCP executive committees, and Anatole finally decided to make progress as an Apache Incubator Project. I applaud his tenacity.

Andres Almiray

Andres is most famous for his involvement in the Griffon desktop application framework, but his passion for this space has lead him to propose JSR-377: A Desktop Application API. Now, I've been around long enough to know that this is a difficult space to occupy, with several attempts at standardization having come and gone (see JSR-295, and JSR-296, and JSR-143). I wish you the best of success with this one, Andres, but it's obviously a tough nut to crack.

Dan Allen

I know Dan from his productive involvement in JSF 2.0. These days I see him frequently tweeting about Asciidoctor. After having just made a trivial pull request to the HTTP/2 spec and using xml2rfc to do it, I can say there is room for improvement in this space, and I know that Dan can tell you all about it.

Ed Burns

I'll be here talking about JSF, Servlet, and HTTP/2.

Heather Vancura

Heather is the heart of the JCP, and therefore has her finger on the pulse of what is happening across the evolution of the entire Java platform.

Ivar Grimnstad

I don't know Ivar, but he is on the MVC Expert Group, and is thus a great conduit to the development efforts of one of only two new JSRs in Java EE 8.

Mani Sarkar, Daniel Bryant

I've seen Mani at several conferences over the past couple years, and he epitomizes the passionate Java developer. As the late night tech conversations would dwindle off, he'd always be one of the last ones still talking hard core tech. Mani's the real deal. Mani is talking about OpenJDK, among other things.

Roland Huss

Roland is talking about JMX and Java EE Management.

Please drop by the Early Adopter's Area to catch up with these and other Java community leaders!