JDC 2010, Cairo
Yesterday I’ve attended the JDC 2010 in Madinet Nasr, Cairo. Thanks to the organizers (EGJUG) and the speakers, it has been a great success, despite the usual local challenges; they had to change the venue in the last few days. Successful beacuse sponsors, such as Google, ITS, and iCraft had a chance to meet the most serious, highly qualified, job seekers. Attendees, like me, had a chance to hear about new trends and technologies directly from speakers from Google, Oracle (now owning SUN) and IBM.
As expected, cloud computing was a hot topic. Mohammad Refaey gave a nice overview of what it is and Fred Sauer talked about Google App Engine. Refaey also mentioned a contribution from the Arab world I didn’t know about, from Meeza of Qatar
Developing for mobile was not as dominant as expected. However, Google team did a nice demo on Android using voice and image recognition but these applications were also available on iPhone and from other vendors.
Presentations on presentation technologies were also a big part of it. If you’re new to Java and have attended the sessions on JavaFX, JSPX, JSF 2.0, PrimeFaces, Mashups and JSF you must definitely think that this is too much. Let alone frameworks that are getting old like Struts and Spring MVC. There was even a presentation on MVC-Generator, an open source project started by an Egyptian group.
Among the cool sessions were definitely the sessions on Spring Roo, Scala, Groovy, Sonar and an overview of JEE6.
The organizers had back up sessions ready and were able to replace two sessions in the last minute: Scala instead of Java Store and JPA 2.0 instead of Glassfish Clustering.
I’d like to thank the organizers and the speakers for this event; the notion of self organizing groups is becoming more meaningful in our field and hopefully in the whole country.