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I'm spending this week in Europe. Yesterday I was in Antwerp for
JavaPolis - an annual Java conference in Belgium hosted by the local
(and very active) user group. I did a talk on Creator. I basically
lost my voice the previous night through heated and interesting
discussion... so talking for two hours the following afternoon
was pretty tough. And not good for voice recovery - so I'm not
sure I can do a remote podcast with
the guys this week. Too bad, since I had dinner with
last night and can finally pronounce his name correctly!
The conference was held in a really interesting venue: a modern
movie theater (which perhaps explains the name - the movie
theater is named Metropolis).
That meant the seating was unbelievably comfortable -
soft seats, tall backs (tall enough that you can rest your head),
and best of all - a giant projection screen - the movie
screen itself. It's pretty amazing to see your tool running on
a giant movie screen! No need to worry about small fonts... The
picture on the right shows
Ludo in action.
To combat the jetlag I went and grabbed some coffee. I added
sugar, but couldn't find spoons anywhere. So I had to stir with my
finger. Then I noticed
where all the spoons had gone - and what they're doing!
(Yes, that's the official artwork used by the
conference - on slide templates, on publicity posters, on T-shirts, etc!)
Unfortunately I could only stay in Antwerp one day. I'm spending the
rest of the week in Prague, where we're having many important
planning meetings. I'm sure I will miss many interesting presentations.
During Ludo's presentation yesterday morning he demoed
a new AJAX-ified version of PetStore. It looked fabulous. He also
mentioned the high performant "Grizzly" engine in Glassfish, which
uses java.nio to get extremely high performance. I'm going to find