I attended the No Fluff Just Stuff conference in Madison, WI this weekend. It was a great chance to learn the newest Java trends and share struggles in programming with people much like myself, even if most of them were cheeseheads. Here are some of my reflections on the state of Java tech post-conference:
-Java 7 is underwhelming, mostly because it will not have closures. It will however introduce enhancements to speed up Groovy, JRuby, and Scala
-If I read between the lines what features are in HTML and any of them are supported by Chrome, then I think that HTML5+Chrome could easily turn into a gaming platform!
-There is no question that Groovy is the “next big thing” for Java. Get on board.
-A java developer could easily add Hadoop to his resume (and dollars to his pocket), by learning Hadoop with Cascading. Hadoop-worthy scale data sets are available for free from amazon: http://aws.amazon.com/publicdatasets/
Grails is really cool. I wish there was a hosting platform available that was anything close to Heroku for Rails. I think it is unlikely that we will hear any good Startup stories with Grails for that reason.