Edited: 2017-02-23: Recommend additional session.
I am blessed with the opportunity to speak at DevNexus again this year, after having spoken there in in 2014 and 2015. Pratik, Vincent, Gunnar and the whole Atlanta JUG do a great job putting on this very community focused show. It is the largest developer event in the southeastern U.S., an area of the country that vitally needs more such events. There are so many great session from so many great speakers, though. You really can't go wrong with any path. Here are my picks for sessions I plan to attend.
Wednesday — Workshop Day
A full day workshop with the legendary Venkat Subramaniam? Yes please. Venkat's presentation skills are legendary and his humble delivery creates a learning environment that is sure to enrich your career. It's probably booked out, though it doesn't say so on the conference site.
Thursday — Conference Day One
09:15 Sidney Marcus Auditorium Don't walk away from Complexity, Run (Keynote)
Sticking with the Venkat theme, this is the keynote, so obviously I'll be attending. The theme of "complexity as bugbear" is an old saw, but Venkat is sure to offer a fresh take on it.
In the spirit of DevOps, we all need to try to be as full stack as possible. Baruch Sadogursky knows his stuff, in this space in particular. We use Artifactory at Oracle. The 75 minute length of the DevNexus session should allow him to stretch out and really teach some skills.
13:00 A316 Tuning with Poor Tools and Cheap Drink
Kirk is one of the leading experts in the world on Java performance tuning. We are lucky to have him at DevNexus.
14:30 A411 Reactive Thinking in Java
Yakov Fain is a provocative and thoughtful speaker, I look forward to his thoughts on this hot topic.
17:30 A302 Docker tips and tricks for Java Developers
Docker is a big enough of a pain in the rear to make a "tips and tricks" session well worthwhile. I haven't seen a talk from Mr. Tsang before, but his credentials speak for themselves. Also, it may be nice to find kindred spirits who are also leverage Docker and smooth out its sharp edges.
Friday — Conference Day Two
Neal Ford is another conference legend and former moderator of the 2014 edition of the web framework smackdown. As an author whose best practices have been labeled as anti-patterns, some of which by Mr. Ford himself, I look forward to his answer.
James is an excellent and engaging speaker. He's managed to become an expert on a wide range of highly relevant technologies over the years, no mean feat in itself. Let's see what he has to say about the latest hotness.
The Java Community Process is the driving force for the evolution and vitality of the Java ecosystem. This session will show you how to get involved in making the future Java.
14:30 A305 Successful JavaEE DevOps In The Cloud
This ambitious session features a pre-configured VM and will show you how to use it. I've given this sort of session many times before and it's hard to pull off. I like the topic and I want to see how they do it.
16:00 A405 MVC 1.0 - Now Even Better!
Oracle's decision to drop MVC from the Java EE 8 specification was met with grumbles by some and cheers by others. I look forward to seeing what the new spec lead has to say about it.