May 15th, 2007

Quick Post-JavaOne Update

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I’m still de-compressing from JavaOne but have almost caught up.
I had a long talk with the CEO of SureLogic; I like their technology a lot, and they have the Bill Pugh stamp of approval.  We (Azul & SureLogic) are exploring some kind of connection; they find concurrency bugs, we have customers with concurrency bugs.
I also yakked with Fortify, another Java static analysis tool company.  Hakistan makes the best chocolate!    🙂
I gave the NonBlocking Hash Table talk; at last count I saw a report of 440 people attending.  Very few people walked out during the talk – unbelievable!  I had no idea so many people would be interested.
BileBlog mentioned our Testing Concurrent Software talk (no link handy from the JavaOne website???).  He said almost nothing, which for BileBlog is very good indeed!  Report claims ~750 people attended!  The Debugging Data Races talk was also well attended, given that it was at 10pm at night.
We (Azul) had a long chat with the JPC folks.  These guys are nuts!  They have an X86 / DOS emulator written entirely in pure Java.  They can boot & run old DOS games our OUR hardware!  I’ve played Prince of Persia and Mario on a 400-way Azul box!   I still don’t “get” their reason for existing (why is the Oxford physics dept paying for this?  I heard the reasoning but it still doesn’t resonate with me) – but the abandonware guys are going nuts with this stuff.  We (Azul) are interested because we could possibly run small bits of X86 JNI in Java instead of doing an RMI call.  In any case, they dropped by our office for a visit; we had a fun morning of hacking.  I gave them some blue-sky advice for speeding things up. They’re currently running maybe 10% of native speed – but maybe could reach 50% or so with some more work.  I can hardly wait!
Why does JavaOne offset the worst coffee on the planet?  At one point I got in the IBM espresso machine line, and the BEA rep behind me laughed.  He pointed out it was a 1/2hr line; I countered that I could go to Starbucks & back in that much time.  He basically dared me to do so & offered to watch the line (he was bored). Sure enough I was back in the pavilion with Starbucks in hand (triple mocha, all decaf) in 20 minutes and the person in front of me was still 5 people from the head of the line.      🙂

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