Jaime Rodriguez On Windows Phone, Windows Presentation Foundation, Silverlight and Windows 7
Tim Sneath ( my work boss) emailed me asking how it went , and since I am typing if for my team I thought: "what the heck ... just publish it..."
I had the pleasure of attending and presenting at Desktop Matters last Friday .. It is the "hard-corest" Java conference I have ever attended (disclaimer, I have only attended 2 java conferences: JavaOne and OSCON) ... The conference focuses on client java technologies, a lot of people from Sun's Java2D and Swing team presented.. Also, some influentials building interesting java stuff..
Here are my thoughts:
On the conference: it was awesome... A small group of Java influentials talking with the Java leaders (Hans Muller, Chet Haase, Richard Bair, etc.) .. there was nothing held back either direction.. The Sun team shared challenges and road-map... the community provided good feedback.. I had a blast and learned a lot ... Read some of their reports here.. The event reminded me of what at Microsoft we call Software Design Reviews ( SDRs ) ... Some of you reading this post might have attended one of these ... You know that it is hard to buy that kind of access, well on the Java client community you might have the answer in this conference.. A nice touch different from the SDR was Ben Galbraith the organizer who kept it light .. making equal fun of every one there
On Java SE and Swing: I was surprised and (as a technologist) happy to see progress on java and Swing ; their 'filthy rich' demos looked pretty good ; That said, I still think they are very far behind Microsoft (both Windows forms but specially WPF) in tooling, customization, richness, etc.. You can definitely do good stuff on Java, if you are willing to write a bit of code or hire experienced devs.. [yes, I of course acknowledge they do it for the cross-platform promise.. if you must go x-platform and can't go AJAX, I think that is one of the best choices out there]
On my presentation/message: When I arrived, I had a deck with 40 slides covering the ins of WPF ( templates, styles, resources, etc.) by the second day I had changed it based on a private conversation with Hans Muller - I pitched him on XAML and he seemed overwhelmed with properties, triggers, styles, etc.. but he really got the "oh, makes better tools" idea..
So, in the end, I presented a simple (much slower-paced ):
I did two demos:
The feedbackI was very surprised on the 'kudos' ... Quite a few people came to me afterwards and shared kind thoughts... I got a lot of "I get your experience message"; and "I love what WPF can do", "XAML seems very neat", etc..
My best two take aways...
That is it ... I hope the conference repeats next year .... If it does, I would recommend it if you are a Java client developer ...I also hope I don't get fired for a post w/ the word java so much ... My first test to see how far I can take it ....
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