The best sessions today were Mono-centric. The
release talk was interesting, hostorically speaking...
and the talk about
was well attended. Everybody hissed a bit when the author told
us that he was just hired by Microsoft to fix the .NET
engine... Im sure they'd rather he work on Mono, but we can't
all work for Novell!
The future of Java in the open source community is looking
somewhat grim. There was a panel with Eric Raymond and OReilly
and a few guys from Apache and Sun... developers are miffed
that Sun hasn't made Java more open... but at Java One the
developers were miffed that Sun hasn't put the kaibash on
forked versions of J2EE. Rock and a hard place, it seems.
The XML talks I attended were fairly good - PHP has some
really nice SOAP hooks in
Python hooks are not as good, and
looks like its trying to replace the verbose SOAP
altogether. It is a lot more powerful, and easier to secure
and use... but people love their SOAP because it goes over
HTTP, dont they?
The first keynote by OReilly was pretty good. He's still
pushing the internet-as-an-operating-system jive. His latest
theory is that the quality of the large databases (such as user
reviews of movies or books) is what seperates the 'ok'
websites from the 'great' websites. Obvious, sure, but frequently
overlooked. His theory is that they might be able to brand themselves,
and become the next 'Intel Inside' for web applications. If you
dont have one of the name brands, your web services will suffer greatly.
I agree to a point... but there's a big difference between Intel
and a data warehouse. Intel made a ton of money because they had
the manufacturing infastructure and research and talent to keep
the PC manufacturers supplies with chips. Its really hard to enter
that market... just look at how long AMD took to get off the ground.
Compare that to a database. Their power hinges greatly on who legally
owns the data. If I make a book review on Amazon, do they own
the data? Or do I own it? Should these reviews be totally open, and usable
by Barnes and Noble? Its a legal fine line, which makes it subject to
copyright laws and the whims of Washington. Their power could collapse
like a house of cards if they are not careful...
The second keynote was very funny, but he rambled quite a bit.
Robert Lefkowitz had a good point that 'Open Source' means different
things to different people, which causes a great deal of confusion in the
business world. However, he offered no real resolution. He did have
150 slides, however... so it may have been buried in there somewhere,
and I just missed it...