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It is a very early morning in Redwood City. I am currently in a hotel with a great view on the imposing towers of Oracle’s Head Quarters (although it is dark and only a vague outline of the towers can actally be discerned). The largest Oracle show on the planet, the yearly Oracle Open World conference, is about to commence. This year, the largest Java show on Earth – JavaOne – has been incorporated, so that is about to get going too.
Oracle CEO Larry Ellison and top development executive Thomas Kurian are scheduled to discuss “Oracle’s vision for strengthened investment and innovation in Java and describe how Java will continue to grow as the most powerful, scalable, secure, and open platform for the global developer community,” according to an official description of their planned talk.
Today, I will be in the Oracle ACE Director product briefing. This is a gathering of the ACE Directors – a fairly select group of experts and community representatives in various areas of Oracle’s product portfolio, including Database, Fusion Middleware, Oracle Applications and various development tools. Product managers and other Oracle staff – including Thomas Kurian, Executive Vice President More >
James Gosling, the "father of Java", is the hero, the star, the god of many Java conferences such as JavaOne. I have seen the adoration and worship, as recently as four months ago at JavaOne 2009. Yesterday I witnessed a performance by James Gosling in a very different setting. At Oracle Open World (at least three times the size of JavaOne) he is seen by many as ‘just an interesting looking gray haired fellow in a T-Shirt and jeans’.
They are somewhat surprised that Ted Farrell, chief architect of Oracle middleware development technology, makes way for this old geezer. And some even leave the room – how interesting can his story be. After the session, I run into James on the escalators, wearing his jeans, T-Shirt and bagpack with laptop – just like 1000s of other attendants on this conference. Of course he is still recognized by many, but he is slightly out of the universe that revolves around him in a setting that has yet to get to know him and appreciate him. I can imagine that must be tough. Or a nice challenge, see how to win this audience over too. One way of doing that is of course by throwing gadgets into the audience – a favorite stunt of his – and he donated a few More >