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Just to point your attention to two very informative new videos of OREDEV talks by Henrik Ståhl, Oracle Vice President Product Management, Java & Internet of Things:


— Terrence


Just returned from ØREDEV last Friday. Again, a great conference!

Not only was it extremely well organized but I also really liked the size of it (800 attendees – not too big, not too small), the location (an old car factory!), the wide range of topics, insightful speakers, real-world focus, and last, but not least, the friendly atmosphere.

Among the noteworthy topics I got a chance to learn about last week:

  • Accomplishing More by Doing Less, by Marc Lesser: An interesting approach using Zen principles to help you reduce “busyness” and focus on the really important things you’re trying to achieve – accomplishing more in the end.
  • JavaScript – The Good Parts, by Douglas Crockford: A quick overview of JavaScript and best practices in using it.
  • Comparing JRuby and Groovy, by Neal Ford: JRuby and Groovy look similar on the surface but come from different backgrounds – so use the language that’s best for the purpose.
  • The Lean Start-Up, by Eric Ries: Lessons learned by someone who has the scars to prove he’s been there – using agile methods to adapt your start-up in real-time.
  • Traditional Programming Models, by Cameron Purdy: Why traditional programming languages and traditional von-Neumann models lack concepts and semantics to efficiently support scale-out architectures and are not fit for the future.
  • Semantic Web Programming for Java Developers, Taylor Cowan: Accessing and creating semantic information on the web from your Java app.
  • How to Create a Compelling UX?, by Ben Galbraith: Some argue slick UIs are just eye-candy. But Ben makes the convincing argument that compelling applications actually make users more engaged and therefore more productive.
  • Concurrent Programming with Clojure, by Stuart Halloway: Unlike traditional programming languages Clojure has semantic support for easy and massively scalable concurrent programming.
  • Developing an Android-based Mobile Phone, by Erik Hellman: A hands-on report on bringing Android to a real-world device – strategies and pitfalls.
  • Flex and AIR Boot Camp, by Piotr Walczyszyn: Very useful, 3-hour introduction in Flash, Flex, and AIR and developing Adobe RIA applications.
  • Information Overload and Managing the Flow, by Scott Hanselman: Strategies for focusing on the essentials and being efficient with your time.
  • A hilarious and thought-provoking performance by Ze Frank: On Love, fear, and how people interact with the web and the world around them.

And don’t forget the parties, the good food, the conversations, and the excellent coffee (something I was really looking forward to!).

Thanks for having me!


— Terrence


I’m heading up to Malmö, Sweden, next week for the ØREDEV conference.

Those of you who’ve been following my blog this year know how much I enjoyed ØREDEV in 2008 – and so I am delighted to speak there again:

  • “Top Ten Things You Didn’t Know You Could Do With Open Source Java”, Wednesday at 11:20 am

It was fun putting the presentation together – I had a really hard time narrowing it down to only 10 projects out of the large number of interesting things going on around phoneME and OpenJDK.

I’m also looking forward to seeing James Weaver, Erik Hellman, Josh Marinacci, Michael Samarin again – all of which have talks at ØREDEV.

For more information, check out the schedule.

Hope to see you in Malmö!


— Terrence

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