Interviews from JavaOne 2006: Day 4

Perspectives from the Pavilion

by Frank Sommers and Bill Venners
May 22, 2006

This article contains the final installment of short, punchy audio recordings made at JavaOne on Friday, May 19, 2006. Each recording captures one person's notion of an idea that is important for developers to think about.

Friday marked the last day of JavaOne 2006, and Frank Sommers and I once again interviewed several people about important ideas behind their products and projects. Our goal in this series is to give you a feel for the latest developments in the Java space and to gather new and interesting ideas for you to ponder. If something strikes a chord with you, whether harmonic or dissonant, we encourage you to post in the discussion forum.

Click to download audio Gil Tene, CTO and co-founder of Azul Systems, talks about barriers to scale and Azul's approach to overcoming them by offloading the JVM's compute capacity. (9:25) [1]
Click to download audio Gavin King, founder of the Hibernate project, talks about his most recent open-source project, Seam, which aims to provide developers a seamless Java EE 5 development experience. (2:51)
Click to download audio Fay Salwen, a senior engineer on Sun's Sun Grid project, talks about some of the things you can do with an affordable supercomputer at your fingertips. (3:06)
Click to download audio Brian Goetz, author of Java Concurrency in Practice, talks about why Java developers should care about concurrency. (3:06)
Click to download audio Floyd Marinescu, co-founder of InfoQ, a recently launched online community of enterprise developers, talks about how he uses personalization to help the user filter topics on the site. (5:42)

[1] Note: We attempted to meet with someone from Azul in the JavaOne Pavilion last week, but were unable to do so because of scheduling conflicts. Unlike all the other interviews in this series, which took place at JavaOne itself, the interview with Azul's Gil Tene took place this morning in their offices in Mountain View.

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About the authors

Frank Sommers is a Senior Editor with Artima Developer. Prior to joining Artima, Frank wrote the Jiniology and Web services columns for JavaWorld. He is an elected member of the Jini Community's Technical Advisory Committee.

Bill Venners is president of Artima Software, Inc. and editor-in-chief of Artima Developer. He is author of the book, Inside the Java Virtual Machine, a programmer-oriented survey of the Java platform's architecture and internals. His popular columns in JavaWorld magazine covered Java internals, object-oriented design, and Jini. Bill has been active in the Jini Community since its inception. He led the Jini Community's ServiceUI project, whose ServiceUI API became the de facto standard way to associate user interfaces to Jini services. Bill also serves as an elected member of the Jini Community's initial Technical Oversight Committee (TOC), and in this role helped to define the governance process for the community.