NetBeans at JavaONE 2002

As most of you probably know, this year's JavaONE took place in the Moscone Center in San Francisco. It went from March the 25th till the 29th, and it was a one big ride for NetBeans!

We had eleven people from NetBeans at the conference. Tim Boudreau, Ian Formanek, and I organized the booths (we had more than one!) and were also responsible for making sure that NetBeans was heard about out there. Martin Matula (our MDR expert), Jiri Mzourek (UI expert), Jiri Kovalsky and Martin Entlicher (CVS experts), Martin Ryzl (J2ME expert), Petr Kuzel (XML and JINI), David Strupl (Core expert) and of course Jesse Glick (our architecture and overall Java guru) were also there. Many of these guys led BOFs and sessions. See the complete list of NetBeans BOFs and Sessions.

As I already mentioned, we had two booths. One was the NetBeans IDE booth. It consisted of two machines running NetBeans on Windows and Linux. This booth was a regular 5x5 booth and was located right beside the Forte for Java booth in what we called the NetBeans Pavilion.

The NetBeans Pavilion was an area on the showfloor where there was a high concentration of booths with the "Built on NetBeans" sign. Every partner that was showing a product that plugged into NetBeans had a big yellow sign attached to their booth which said "Built on NetBeans". So the NetBeans Pavilion had over 15 booths with the yellow sign. Of course there were other companies on the showfloor scattered around who had the sign so when you walked around you saw the "Built on NetBeans" yellow signs everywhere!

Since NetBeans has a lot of partners, we also setup a booth that we called the NetBeans Partner booth. It was a 10x10 booth where eight additional partners took turns each day showing their product on top of NetBeans. Also at this booth, we gave away NetBeans t-shirts, red flashing NetBeans buttons and NetBeans brochures.

One of the highlights of the conference was the NetBeans Summit which took place on Wednesday the 27th. We got a room in the W-hotel and invited people from the NetBeans community to talk about NetBeans. The evening started with people from NetBeans giving out short presentations about various aspects of NetBeans, and the event ended with everyone in the room talking to each other until the hotel staff had to ask us to leave long after the closing hours.

There were also other very bright moments for NetBeans. Each day of JavaONE begins with a keynote. NetBeans was mentioned in 3 out of the 4 keynotes! First by James Gosling, who is a great fan of NetBeans and who also came to the NetBeans summit, when showing the Ace demo done by Sun Labs. The second time, NetBeans was mentioned by Rob Gingell when announcing that the prior night, NetBeans won the JavaWorld Editor's choice award. And on the third day, NetBeans was mentioned when Peter Young, VP of Forte Tools showed the Micro Edition demo and the Micro Edition to Enterprise Edition end-to-end demo - web service on mobile phone.

All of the above combined gave NetBeans tremendous exposure and, on top of that, showed that NetBeans is a product that is being used in real life by many industry leaders. Thanks to everyone, who helped us at the booths, and if you are one of the people who were at the Summit or came to our booth, please send us your feedback.

  1. JavaONE Showfloor
  2. NetBeans Summit
  3. NetBeans Interviews
  4. NetBeans BOFs and Sessions

1. JavaONE Showfloor

   Among the thousands of developers there were:
    -over 50 countries represented
    -over 350 press in attendance
    -35 Co-Sponsors
    -200 Exhibitors
    -10 Media Co-Sponsors
"This is the NetBeans Partner booth, you can see the yellow "Built on NetBeans" sign attached on top.
"This picture shows in red all the booths that had the "Built on NetBeans attachment"
"These are the t-shirts we were giving away, you can see us also wearing them on the pictures"
"This is the NetBeans brochure that we were giving away"

2. NetBeans Summit

 70 people attended (see picture)
 James Gosling came (see pictures)
 The hotel staff had to "kick" us out, because we were there over time!:)
"Folks at the NetBeans Summit are listening carefully to Jesse's presentation"
"James Gosling was really there!"

3. NetBeans Interviews

 William Will, project XEMO (video + audio)
 Mick Wever, ECSI project Minex (video + audio)
 Michael Van De Vanter, Sun Labs (video + audio)

4. NetBeans BOFs and Sessions

NetBeans-Related Technical Sessions

  • Integration of Source Code Management (SCM) into Integrated Development Environments (IDE)
    Tuesday March 26, 9:00 PM - 9:50 PM, Sonoma, Sheraton Palace
    Speakers: Martin Entlicher, Jiri Kovalsky
  • Netbeans Software Support for RDF-Based Web Services (TS-2824)
    Friday March 29, 2:45 PM - 3:45 PM, Room 306, Moscone Center
    Speakers: Leon Shklar, Sveta Gurevich
  • The Java Platform and Web Service Binding to Native Code: The Native Connector Architecture and Tools in the Sun Open Net Environment (Sun ONE) Forte IDE (TS-2701)
    Thursday March 28, 12:15 PM - 1:15 PM, Room 135, Moscone Center
    Speaker: Robert Brewin
  • Sun Open Net Environment (Sun ONE) Application Deployment with the iPlanet Application Server and the Forte for Java IDE (TS-2183)
    Tuesday March 26, 5:15 PM - 6:15 PM ,Room 304 ,Moscone Center
    Speaker: Dru Devore

NetBeans-Related BOFs

  • Developing Usable, Robust GUIs with the NetBeansTM Tool: From Design to Implementation (BOF-1662) Thursday March 28, 8:00 PM
    8:50 PM, Marina,Sheraton Palace
    Speakers: Maya Ventrakaman, Jiri Mzourek
  • Developing Robust, Accessible GUIs with the NetBeansTM IDE (BOF 1999)
    Wednesday March 27, 7:00 PM - 7:50 PM, Napa, Sheraton Palace (this is not the same as the one listed above!).
    Speakers: Maya Ventrakaman, Jiri Mzourek
  • The NetBeans Tools Platform: APIs and Architecture (BOF-2035) Monday March 25, 8:30 PM
    9:20 PM, Pacific Heights, Sheraton Palace
    Speaker: Jesse Glick
  • Enterprise Tools for Wireless Development (BOF-2065)
    Tuesday March 26, 8:00 PM - 8:50 PM, Pacific Heights, Sheraton Palace
    Speaker: Martin Ryzl
  • Building an Extensible, Flexible Java(TM) Technology-Based Development Environment Using Open Source Tools (BOF-2587)
    Monday March 25, 10:30 PM - 11:20 PM, Concert, Sheraton Palace
    Brian Ricker
  • Building Better Development Tools for Jini(TM) Network Technology (BOF-2036)
    Tuesday March 26, 11:00 PM - 11:50 PM, Napa, Sheraton Palace
    Petr Kuzel,I ain Shigeoka
  • Java 2 Platform, Enterprise Edition (J2EE) RI Integration with the Forte for Java Community Edition IDE (BOF-1673)
    Monday March 25, 9:30 PM - 10:20 PM, Rose, Sheraton Palace
    Speakers: Jonathan Benoit, Nick Rodin

NetBeans-Related Business Sessions

  • SunTM Open Net Environment (Sun ONE) in Action: Building and Selling Development Tools as Plug-ins to Forte for Java and NetBeans Technologies (BUS-2055)
    Wednesday March 27, 5:15 PM - 6:15 PM, Room 130, Moscone Center
    Speaker: Drew Engstrom
  • A VoiceXML Authoring Environment Developed with Java(TM) Foundation Classes ('JFC/Swing') (API BUS-1392)
    Wednesday March 27, 5:15 PM - 6:15 PM, Room 132, Moscone Center
    Speakers: Peter Monaco, Julian Sinai, Todd Yampol
  • Integrating Applications, Tools, and Services with the Java(TM) Metadata Interface (JMI) Specification (BUS-2916)
    Friday March 29, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM, Room 303, Moscone Center
    Speakers: Chuck Mosher, Sridhar Iyengar, John Poole, Martin Matula, Pete Rivett, Barbara Price
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