All over the room, spontaneous conversations took place among the
hundreds of assembled guests. Every half hour or so, the lively background
music faded to allow a different group or community to make an informative
announcement, along with a drawing for a door prize.
Helen Chen, manager of the JXTA community, spotlighted cool success
stories, such as the open source project by Jacknet, a web conferencing
tool by Brevient Technologies, a grid computation ability by Codefarm,
and an application that syncs all data by PeerCom in Korea.
Jennifer Kotzen of the Jini community took her mike on the floor,
where she acquainted the audience with dynamic networking technology
users such as Orbitz.
Java.net spokesperson Bruno Souza, a developer and publisher, drew
attention to his cause by wearing a large Brazilian flag-cape. He
encouraged all Java community members to "bring your user group
to Java.net." The Java.net community of Java users groups may
be barely a year old, but it can in no way be called fledgling,
considering that its membership has already reached 50,000. Souza
introduced leaders of flourishing user groups in Scandinavia, France,
Brazil, and Dallas to show how Java.net has expanded to broadly
encompass international populations.