He gave a talk on “Java and the Road ahead”. He talked about where Java is being used and he seem pretty thrilled with the JPL project and Mars Rovers. I was rather disappointed that the talk was too general. I would have been happy if spent time talking about Project Rave! BTW he has been moved @ SUN and it now the CTO of tools division. However I did get to ask the man a few questions.
- What were his thoughts on eclipse & NetBeans?
“IBM was invested a lot of their engineers on Swing, in fact 50% of the effort was from IBM. Meanwhile their division in Canada came up with SWT. SWT is reinvention of the wheel and has the same problems that plague SWT. I think its a bad idea.” I really did want to ask him, if it was such a bad idea why is it gaining in popularity.
- Why he has not blogged often?
“Yeah I got to catchup.” It seemed to me that his interest on blogging is waning. I wish he enabled comments on his blog and starts to interact with his audience.
He seemed way to sleepy! My impression was that he was doing this talk cuz of his marketing folks. The marketing guys came up with some Lame trivia questions! (When was the first release of java ?, duh!)
The Man himself seems to have thinned down a bit! Was an interesting experience, but nothing to be excited about 😦