Well its the morning of JavaOne Day 1 and now for my Java University report. So basically I did a half day Groovy & Grails talk at the Java University and the response was brilliant. There were a 150 people and doing a half day event really gave me the time to get into the detail of Groovy & Grails and do some good demos. The audience were mostly blown away by the awesome things you could do with Groovy & Grails and it was fantastic to hear the response. After hearing that some of the other talks were a disappointment it was good to hear mine got a tick in the box.
Next up was No Fluff Just Stuff's G2One event which was good too. I wish though I had had more time to do a longer more interactive session as 30 minutes felt to short to get my points across, but it was good fun and I met some interesting people who were interested in Groovy & Grails as over 200 people showed up for the event which is a great turnout. Ted Neward conducted a panel discussion featuring myself, Guillaume, Dierk, Neal Ford, Andy Glover and Jason Rudolph (who I finally got to meet) that was great fun.
The attendees asked some of the typical questions such as IDE support, JRuby vs Groovy and of course "When is Grails going to support Maven!". I believe we were able to answer most of them in an effective way. Most Java people are still a little afraid to leave the comfort of their trusty IDE which is understandable.
After the event I stumbled across James Strachan who I had yet to meet, it was late in the evening and James was a little on the merry side, so we didn't really have a chance to chat much, but made the introductions and hopefully we will during the conference.
I also met Alex Tchakman of JetBrains who is leading the effort to develop a Groovy/Grails plug-in for IntelliJ IDEA. It was fantastic to hear how excited he is about IntelliJ and the future of the Groovy/Grails plug-in for it. I can't wait for October when it will be unveiled to the public.
Finally, I woke up this morning to the news that we have been biled. What did Rod Johnson say? "You haven't made it until you've been biled". Groovy and Grails rock :-)