Wednesday, August 13, 2008

NFJS 2008 - Princeton NJ Day 3

Structuring concurrent applications in JDK 5.0 (Brian Goetz)
This was an awesome talk. I don't know about you but I want to write multithreaded applications now!

Groovy, The Red Pill: Metaprogramming, the Groovy Way to Blow a Buttoned-Down Java Developer's Mind (Scott Davis)
This session was great because Scott is an engaging speaker. He tried new things at the request of the audience. Fly by the seat of your pants. Lots of fun.

Java Persistence: Approaching the Silver Bullet (Mark Richards)
This was pretty much an overview of JPA and the limitations, which if you are familiar with Hibernate, you already know. Mark is a great speaker and this was an extremely interactive session, he used code samples and has just a ton of knowledge and experience around different ORM solutions.

I wish we would have had more "audience" questions. This was mostly a talking heads session.

Promoted to Technical Lead. Now what do I do? (Mark Johnson)
Last talk of the Sunday. I was ready to go home but I wanted to sit through this talk. I was hoping to learn a few soft techniques here to be a better tech lead. I would have liked to get a little more role play to try and tease out some real life scenarios.

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