OSCON Java, The Java Open Source Conferencesteveonjava | March 24, 2011
It is pretty easy to get lost in the media hype around the Java events of the past year. If you follow the headlines, you might believe that all the Java talent left Oracle in a mass exodus, Larry hates open source, or Java is turning into the next COBOL. Regardless of the factual correctness of these headlines, the Java ecosystem is about more than a single company or set of individuals. Java has the largest open-source community of any language in existence!
So how big is Java and open-source? Here is an informal search poll of some of the most popular open-source project hosting providers:
The data for this chart comes from the top six open-source hosting providers using Google Search as a metric for gauging activity level for each of the platforms. As you can see, Java is still the most active open-source platform in the world, followed closely by PHP and Python. While not an indicator of language popularity, Bill Gates has gone on record speaking out against open source, so the poor representation from the C# community is not surprising.
This takes us to OSCON Java, which is a new conference I am helping to kick off as conference co-chair together with Laurel Ruma. It is colocated with OSCON in Portland, Oregon, but is exclusively focused on Java and open source. O’Reilly is the conference organizer, but they are very neutral when it comes to corporations and technologies. This allows us to reach out to a wide variety of Java technology players including Apache, Google, Adobe, Oracle, the JCP, and many others.
We have big plans for the OSCON Java keynotes, technical content, and exhibitors. Also, we are working on making this a model conference from the get-go based on my experience attending and speaking at premier conference venues across the world. Expect a huge focus on community outreach, a lot of interaction between speakers and attendees, and a particular focus on the JVM languages of tomorrow.
If you have a great idea, but can’t get your talk together in time or miss the deadline by a few days, shoot me an e-mail via the contact form on my blog.
I look forward to seeing you at OSCON Java, uniting the Java open-source community towards a brighter future!