A few days ago I attended a Java Developers’ Day 2010 conference in Cracow. If someone ask me to sum this event I would tell: not bad but definitely not very good. I think that popularity of Java conferences in Poland made people who are responsible for organizing JDD think that whether they do it very well or they just screw some things up it won’t affect number of developers who are willing to pay for tickets. This is short summary of JDD’10. If you are interested in more complains and a few praises please continue reading this post
What definitely was NOT good
1. Agenda was not fully ready until the conference start was really, really close.
2. Start time changed ONE day before conference. Ok, maybe it’s not organizers fault, but at the end who cares. It had changed and forced me to take luggage with me instead of leaving it where I planned to sleep.
3. If I rent one half of sports hall for my wedding I really, really WOULD check that there is no basketball match or training planned at the same time in the second half of the hall.
4. Scala workshop was definitely good, but room was cold and not only me complained about it. There is nothing nice in sitting for over three hours in such environment.
5. We all have to thank sponsors for their support and money they gave to the organizers. But I think it shouldn’t be too hard to prepare presentation which won’t be so, so, so much marketing-like and as a result really boring. That’s why only at sponsors lectures I saw many people surfing on the Internet, reading e-mails and even simply staying at the coffee hall to chat and do something more interesting.
6. Almost blinding Thomas Sundberg with reflectors at the end of his talk that he wasn’t able to see people asking questions was embarrassing for me and so it should be for organizers. Continue reading this post …