Conferences

Covering JavaOne 2016 at Oracle Open World for Forbes

This week, I’ve been covering the JavaOne conference in San Francisco, which is colocated with Oracle Open World (Oracle bought Sun for both its hardware and software language in 2009). It’s been a balmy week meeting extremely nice people, enjoying great Moscone Center hospitality, listening to great live music and being inspired by robots, kids, Mars rovers, cloud computing, IoT, drones, compiler optimization, polyglot programming, Java, Star Wars skits (James Gosling as Darth Vader) and more. I look forward to doing more writing for Oracle and Forbes!

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Here are some of my articles — I’ll update with more as they are posted.

JavaOne Keynote Hints At Ambitious Changes In Next Version Of Java

By Alexandra Weber Morales

At 21 years old, Java is the most popular programming language on Earth. This year’s JavaOne keynote highlighted the way scientists are using “write once, run anywhere” Java code today. Multiple speakers gave hints for how the open source language and its enterprise platform, Java Enterprise Edition, will evolve for more connected—possibly Mars-based—highly scalable applications, with applications from the farthest reaches of the universe to the smallest.

“With its nearly 17 miles of circumference, CERN’s large hadron collider is the largest machine ever built. It’s kind of ironic to research the smallest building blocks of the universe, you need to use the largest scientific devices,” Benjamin Wolff, staff software engineer for CERN, told the audience during the JavaOne keynote.
(read more)

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JavaOne4Kids Enthralls Next Generation of Computer Scientists

By Alexandra Weber Morales

In a vast San Francisco conference room, children quietly sit at workstations, awaiting instructions. When it comes time to open the boxes each one has sitting in front of them, they do so eagerly. Inside they find horseshoe crab-shaped Finch robots.

“Now, don’t turn them upside down—they don’t like that. And careful not to hold them above your head for too long, or they’ll poop on you,” jokes Gary Miller, an Oracle principal instructor for Europe, Middle East and Asia. The middle-schoolers are too absorbed to laugh. In just two hours, scores of kids ages 10 to 18 will learn how to program the robots in Greenfoot, a popular visual interface for teaching Java programming.
(read more)

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