So far ago… from ‘Frisco

Back from San Francisco where I was invited to the JavaOne 2008 event, I am still suffering a bit from the jet lag (8 hours is a thing). While being already a fun time for any Java developers (dozens of sessions about a wire range of topics, from detection chip to 3D on mobile phones, including Mars cartography, but also products of course — WorldWind, GlassFish, OpenSolaris… — APIs — OSGi, WebBeans, DarkStar, etc. —and other more general sessions), this was a much more important event to me, as I was expected to showcase Stellarium for Java with my co-developer, Frederic Simon. The result have been beyond all of our expectations. But, speaking of it, how does a “speaker” week look like at JavaOne?

This post was initially written in french, on May 13th 2008






1) being photographed with Duke, the Java mascot:

Guess who won?

2) Go to the booths of Google, DataDirect, JetBrains

3) Get my customized tee-shirt:

The origin of my handle

4) Buy some goodies:

Duke mug, filled with java
Duke cuddy toy and JavaOne lighted mouse

and of course 5) look for blogs that may already have published feedback about our S4J session. We will not be disappointed about this latter one :

Frank Coyle on InformIT : I saw a REALLY cool demo — pick a place on earth and see the stars above you in the sky — day and night, with annotations on celestial objects.

on gtablue : a cool planetarium-like program written in Java.

Wouter van Reeven on AMIS : THE BEST AND COOLEST demo I have ever seen: The biggest hobby in my life is astronomy. It has been for a long time and I even have a degree in it. Seeing that the science wasn’t as much fun as the hobby, I pursued a career in ICT. My colleague Lucas told me there was going to be a presentation about porting a planetarium program called Stellarium from C++ to Java using Java OpenGL, or JOGL. Getting a real good overview of what problems you get when trying to port an application from C++ to Java, the demos simply kicked ass! If you have some time, check out Stellarium for Java. It runs fast and smoothly, at least on modern computers. At one point Jerome Beau and Frederic Simon showed a star map and then opened up the Location selector map. While having pressed down the left mouse button and dragging the mouse pointer all over the Earth, the star map in the background got redrawn almost instantaneously. Another pretty cool feature was the fading in and out of constellation lines, azimuth and equatorial grid, etc etc. These guys really have done a tremendously good job with this application. After the presentation I gave them my cards and asked them to contact me. They are in need of astronomers and/or Java coders so if you like, go and help them.




Software engineer for three decades, I would like to share my memory.

Software engineer for three decades, I would like to share my memory.