JavaOne doesn't officially start until Tuesday, but for many the event has already started with Monday's NetBeans Day. The weather in San Francisco cooperated with a gorgeous spring day, and hardly a cloud in the sky.
Registration for JavaOne was painless, but NetBeans day had its own registration which, unfortunately, was clogged. NetBeans sessions don't start until noon, but I arrived at 10:30 to find this:
About an hour later, I had my name tag and a couple of T-shirts. I must have missed out on the NetBeans Field guide, unless they're going to hand those out later. Update: I got one when they were handed out later.
While I was in the NetBeans line I chatted with a couple of Java users from Denmark. This was their 4th JavaOne conference, so they obviously got a lot out of it. They are here to learn more about client development and deployment, since they write JNLP-deployed Swing applications for clients. Their Swing UI is driven by XML delivered from the back end and rendered by the client. Interestingly, they don't use NetBeans right now, but are always trying out new versions and following developments.
It's a shame we'll have to spend our week indoors, or in some cases underground. California sunshine beckons...
Stay tuned for lots more JavaOne coverage, all week long.