10 Oracle Code One 2019 sessions to check out

As Oracle Code One 2019 kicks off in San Francisco, I hope you’ve already logged into the Oracle Open World (OOW) schedule builder and booked yourself into all of the sessions you want to attend. Unlike smaller conferences where you can easily slide into any session that has open seats, OOW tightly enforces its registration rules. If you’re not enrolled in a given session, they won’t allow you in. Furthermore, sessions with popular speakers quickly get booked to capacity, and waiting lists are prohibitively long.

But, if you’re still actively building your schedule for Oracle Code One 2019, here are a few of the session I recommend:

  1. Beyond Jakarta EE 8 [DEV1391]
    If you know this site’s domain name, it should come as no surprise that a primary interest of mine is what’s going on in the world of server-side enterprise development. And who could be more informed on that topic than Mark Little, Will Lyons and Ian Robinson? If the CTO of JBoss, a Senior Director of WebLogic and WebSphere’s Chief Architect can’t speak to the state of modern servers-side development, I don’t know who can.
  2. Jakarta EE Community BOF [BOF4151]
    Again, as the editor of this site,  I feel no compulsion to justify my interest in the topic of Jakarta EE. But beyond it being my raison d’être, session speakers Ivar Grimstad and Reza Rahman have been sources of significant insight for TheServerSide in the past, and it’s appealing to chat with them in a Birds of a Feather format.
  3. Advances in Java Security [DEV6321]
    Smart software developers pay attention to the small details, and one of the most often overlooked details is security. Security can be a dry topic, but Jim Manico’s presentation skills more than compensate. Any Manico session where he talks about Java security  is recommended.
  4. Continuous Delivery with Docker and Java: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly [DEV3737]
    This Daniel Bryant session captures all of the popular buzz words, so you’ll likely have to put yourself on a waiting list for this one. But as the industry further embraces a DevOps mindset, the ability to know how Docker and Java fit in with continuous delivery practices is a valuable asset.
  5. Cross-Platform Development with GraalVM [DEV3907]
    The GraalVM, with its ahead-of-time compilation and ability to run multiple languages, makes it a real game-changer. But sadly, most software developers rarely raise their periscope above the waters of the standard JVM. It should be interesting to hear Oracle’s Tim Felgentreff talk about the state of cross-platform development with GraalVM.
  6. Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Java and Didn’t Know Whom to Ask [DEV6268]
    I’m attending this one largely because Azul’s CTO Gil Tene is involved. The people at Azul tend to be technical leaders in the industry, and I’m sure I’ll learn something about Java and the JVM that will surprise me.
  7. Open Source Java-Based Tools: Hacking on Cool Open Source Projects [DEV6544]
    I recently wrote an epic tome of an article about Java programming tools. I’m going to sit in this session to see if there were any important points that my thesis paper on the topic missed.
  8. Preventing Errors Before They Happen: The Checker Framework [TUT3339]
    It seems as though every developer wants to talk about microservices and cloud-native development, but when attendees leave this conference and go back to their daily grind, many of their clock-cycles will go to waste on troubleshooting applications. So why not learn from my CodeRanch alumni Micheal Ernst about how to deal with Java exceptions before they start to present themselves in the logs? It might even be the motivation I need to write a Checker Framework tutorial in the coming quarter.
  9. Choosing the Right Java Vendor and Strategy [DEV1969]
    Speaking of CodeRanch alumni, Jeanne Boyarsky will speak on the topic of how to choose the right Java vendor strategy. This session is of timely interest to me, as I recently revised a popular article about how to install the JDK, only to find myself talking more about the highly confusing JVM vendor market than the actual Java install process. Expect an article on which Java vendor to choose and why to follow.
  10. Hands-on Java 11 OCP Certification Prep – BYOL [HOL1812]
    I wrote a little Java Certification guide a few years ago and have often thought about reworking it for the modern market. But, it would have to be updated. Maybe Scott Selikoff can give me a good idea of what would be involved with upgrading a Java 5 quick-study guide to one that covers Java 11? I have a hunch that an explanation of the ins and outs of modern Java interfaces to a new developer is one of the stumbling blocks.

This is by no means an exhaustive list of the sessions I’ll attend at Oracle Code One 2019, but it is a good percentage of them. If you see me there, I encourage you to say hello.

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