Interviews from JavaPolis 2006: Day 1

Perspectives from the 'Polis

by Bill Venners
December 14, 2006

This article contains a collection of short, punchy audio recordings made at JavaPolis on Wednesday, December 13, 2006. Each recording captures one person's notion of an idea that is important for developers to think about.

Today, I roamed around JavaPolis conference in Antwerp, Belgium with a microphone. I spoke with several people about the 'one thing they'd like the world to know in five minutes or less,' and plan to continue the effort tomorrow and Friday. My goal is to give you a feel for the latest developments in the Java space and to gather new and interesting ideas about development for you to ponder.

In this first installment, I've collected several short audio clips, each six minutes or less, for you to listen to. If something strikes a chord with you, whether harmonic or dissonant, we encourage you to post in the discussion forum.

Click to download audio Brian Goetz, Java Evangelist at Sun author of of Java Concurrency in Practice, discusses the most important things to keep in mind about concurrency programming given the current trend towards of multi-core processors. (2:14)
Click to download audio Paul Fremantle, VP, Technology and Partnerships, at WSO2 discusses why open source is like Irish music. (3:03)
Click to download audio James Ward, Technical Evangelist at Adobe, describes Apollo, Adobe's new desktop runtime for Flex and Ajax applications. (2:38)
Click to download audio Philip van Dalen and Jonathon Stolk of Backbase, discusses how XML is used in their AJAX library. (5:53)
Click to download audio Heinz Kabutz, creator of the monthly Java Specialist's Newsletter, explains how to become a Java expert. (4:43)

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About the author

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.