We had a great time at JavaPolis in Antwerp. We renewed a lot of contacts we had made on JavaOne, and got some new friends. And as a plus to all the belgian beer, we even learned some new things!

The things that stood out most were IMO:

  • Aspect oriented programming: it is really becoming mainstream with the adoption of AOP by Spring and the integration they will provide in Spring 2
  • Distributed caching: I really enjoyed talking to Cameron Purdy on the proposition his company provides for distributed caching. As our company is in the business of building ASP (not the M$ term) web applications, their product seems quite interesting
  • King Kong: the classic has been treated with respect and will enable new generations to enjoy this love story. Peter Jackson did it again.

A great thanks to Stephan Jansen for making this happen!