Ok, so this drivel isn't so meaningless, but I don't know where else to post this. Who is planning on going to Java One? If you've been there before, is it worth the cost? If you've gone before, would you go again if you had to pay for it yourself? The sessions look really cool, but have I mentioned it's really expensive? ;p
I'd love to go since I'm right there but $2K sounds like too much for me... In the past years, you could retrieve the key notes on the web (at least in 98 and 99) but now I don't think they make them available for free anymore... Some webcasts are available during the conference but that's all... [ February 28, 2002: Message edited by: Valentin Crettaz ]
I attended in 2000, the majority of the birds of a feather sessions I attended were really good. However the scale of the daytime sessions means they can vary between a complete waste of time to fairly useful. The main reason for attending a conference like JavaOne is to network, making contacts with other people working within the java development world. As a learning experience I would not recommend JavaOne, as a networking/contact opportunity I would highly recommend the conference.
I've gone to JavaOne the last 3 years. I've found the content has gotten better each year. Yes, there are always some fluff BoFs (boy, that almost sounds dirty ;-), and occasionally a fluff talk. But by and large it has been worthwhile. And yes, networking is a huge part of it. Maybe I'll ask my company if they'll send me. They did last year. Of course, I in their employ then :-p Last year I did a BoF (which, btw, gets you a free pass). Unfortunately, Sun, overly worried that if I did another this year, all 20,000 attendees would try to see it, choose not to accept my talk this year. So, unfortunately, I won't be there this year. :-(