We’ve attended this year’s JavaZone conference that was held in Oslo. This conference, being one of the biggest ones in Europe, is being held for 15 years now. Our impressions of it have surpassed all our expectations. The event was superbly organized, there were excellent lectures, live-coding skill workshops and DiY IoT experiences. We have also learned about a lot of novelties coming with Java 9.
The conference itself hosted more than 3000 people from all over the world, but mostly Norwegians (wondering why 🙂 ). There were over 200 lecturers, and the lectures themselves were going on simultaneously in 7 different halls. You could listen to whichever one you’d want from a special stand, you would just plug in your earphones and pick the lecture.
Our attention was mostly focused on sessions about Java 9 and Spring technologies, but from time to time would shift to AWS-related and other (to the three of us) less known technologies. Some lectures that really stood out were A Sneak Peak Into SpringBoot 2.0 by Madhura Bhave, Building a Smart Security Camera with Raspberry Pi Zero, Java and AWS by Mark West, and Going Reactive with Spring 5 & Project Reactor by Mark Heckler and Josh Long.
Intermissions between lectures weren’t a waste of our time, we visited a lot of food stands, since the food was exceptional and plenty, and we wanted to try a bit of everything. Other than consuming food, we also payed a lot of interest into companies who were presenting their businesses and who helped this event happen.
Other than the conference, which actually lasted for two days, we took some time to get to know Oslo. Wonderful city, definitely one to put on your “travel-to” list. High standard of living, which means beer isn’t as cheep as we’d like, but still, worth it 🙂
All in all, wonderful time at the JavaZone conference and Oslo.
By Marko Radošević, Boris Janjanin and Nikola Bunić