OSCON Java Day 4: Lite-ning

by Steve Anglin

Related link: http://conferences.oreillynet.com/pub/w/15/track_java.html

O'Reilly's Open Source Convention (OSCON) Java conference (unofficially) today was on the lite side, with only a session on Java Lightning Talks. Lightning Talks are a forum for Java developers, programmers and advocates to talk on any desired topic in a span of 5 minutes for each participant.

Today's participants included Mac convert and author James Duncan Davidson, Apache vice president and JDOM.org founder Jason Hunter, Sun's Open Source Diva, Danese Cooper, JBoss and more. James gave a re-hash of the significance of Apache and how it functions as an open source community. Jason discussed his experience with JDOM. Danese spoke about the status of open sourcing Java at Sun. Unfornately, the status is status quo. JBoss responded to Danese in regards to JBoss as a solution. Then, JBoss went on to talk about how open source projects seem to waste time on re-creating and implementing code bases that already exist in another form, another way of saying "re-inventing the wheel," instead of focusing on indended project goals.

Afterwards, the audience participated as well in a more informal open source Java community town hall meeting with dynamic Q&A between the audience and the afore mentioned speakers. Topics included Python vs. Java. Language bias shouldn't be because there's a place for each language depending on domain of problem. Others came up as well. The final topic seemed to be on open source Java. What aspects of Java should be open sourced, etc.? Certainly, the reference implementation should be open source. Etc.

In order for this to possibly happen, Danese invited those who want this to happen to email her at danese.cooper@sun.com. She invited emails on your views for open source Java from Sun, including why Java should be open source and the value it can bring to Sun. Over time, she plans to collect as many as she can get, and share with Sun's hierarchy. I as the editor of ONJava.com also invite you to be proactive, and email her or me at sanglin@oreilly.com. You can submit your opinions below in our Talk-Back, as well. Furthermore, look for a petition to be available on ONJava.com in the next week or so.

That's all for today. Now, get ready for tomorrow's four Java sessions. Get your fill, because these will be the last open source Java sessions until next year's OSCON. See you there.

Vote here for open source Java reference implementation, source code, etc.