I'm with Oracle this week for some developer related news, which I hope to report on later today. This is in fact my first exposure to Oracle in recent times. It seems to have all been a bit quiet since "the deal" was announced back in April 2009.
So what's been happening?
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Well, I attended Sun's JavaOne 2009 event in San Francisco last year and it was all quite emotional to be honest. Both Scott McNealey and "Father of Java" James Gosling both made special appearances before the inevitable show-stopping finale.
Larry Ellison took to the stage full of his usual ebullience and confidence at the end of the keynote's proceedings to take the reigns of the good ship Java.
Probably the most poignant note of the whole affair was just how Ellison described former president and CEO Jonathan Schwartz's, "stewardship of Java up until this point," as he called it. The audience at that moment took a collective sigh of hopeful trust and wondered just what the road ahead would bring.
Thankfully for now, it appears that Oracle has spent the last 12 months being a good foster parent and has not held back in hosting the JavaOne developer conference and exhibition again this year in 2010. So with registration now open and everybody playing happy families, we have a single website to point us to JavaOne and, equally, Oracle Develop 2010 for all our needs.
As for Jonathan Schwartz, my guess is that he might still be at the show (or at least he'll be hovering somewhere close by) along with former former CEO Scott McNealy and possibly even James Gosling.
Some things will be different though for sure. Schwartz used to run a blog called 'Ask Jonathan', which was pretty hard hitting despite still being relatively corporate. He now runs a blog called 'Things I Couldn't Say While I Was Sun CEO' so, change is inevitable I guess. Although it's worth pointing out that as of today he hasn't updated this blog since March 9 2010, so maybe he's got things off his chest now!