It was the biggest JAX conference so far. Also the first time the organizer had to "close" my workshop: Java EE 6 Follow Me - You Can because of AttendeesOverflowException.The workshop was amazing. The developers were eager to develop along with me an EnterpriseRoyalWedding application. We had to discuss 2PC (only then you really understand the wedding-transaction) and built together an application with REST,transactions, events, multi-stage configuration, SOAP (was asked for that), unit tests, load tests and many attendees questions.
I was asked to push the code on every break to http://kenai.com/projects/javaee-patterns and announced the URL via twitter @AdamBien. The most popular question in the whole workshop was: "Please show me the index.html again". It seems like the whole Java EE 6 stuff was trivial to understand :-)
In the One Slide Session: 60 Minutes With Java EE 6 I developed the small version of RoyalWedding. I got many attendees questions regarding CDI / ManagedBeans / EJB 3.1 so I sticked with the topics. Even the late night Java EE Panel was crowded. We had a lot of fun discussing with the attendees Java EE 6 from multiple angles. Mark Struberg (CDI openWebBeans committer) even introduced one of his enterprise patterns. The name, however, cannot be translated into English (from Austrian :-)).
In all my talks and workshops I used nothing but plain NetBeans 7 Java EE Edition with Glassfish 3.1 (download size of both is 152 MB).
JAX is over - looking forward to Java EE Summit and probably W-JAX!.
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