Tuesday, May 16, 2006

JavaOne, day 1

JavaOne seemed better attended this year than last; business conditions are picking up. Once again, they rewrote the Schedule Builder application, and once again, it sucked. How hard is it to write a data-driven web application? Shouldn't that be a slam-dunk for Sun?

In an attempt to manage class sizes better, signup for each talk was mandatory. This means they had to scan your RFID badge for every talk, which created a huge bottleneck as there were typically only four scanning stations and they wanted to move a thousand people into the room in a five to ten minute window. No one seemed happy about this.

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