JavaPolis sold out completely. It's hot cause you can hear about hot Java technologies from the source. The moments I'm looking forward to are a mix of solid traditions and fresh ideas.
The solid tradition is the Belgian beer tap at the JBoss booth. Imagine that! Not only do you get our software for free, but even our beer. I'm still thinking on how we can do something special this year at our booth. Probably Bela Ban's beerathlon, can serve as inspiration. A beerathlon is a race where you have to run 7 kilometers and on the way drink a pint at every pub. Maybe we can do some kind of coding competition. You have to drink a pint before you get the next failing test, which you have to make succesful faster then your competitor. It would be nice if we could include extra beers if you generated too many failing attempts.
As a teaser for the people that were too late with registration, I'll point out my highlights :-)
The fresh idea I'm looking forward to is the unconference. It's a very informal and unprepared way of getting together with your peers to talk about a certain topic. It should be a great way to meet new people and learn different perspectives.
Also, I'm looking forward to the introduction of Parleys.com V2. Parleys is of course nice for those who can't come to the conference itself. But it has a potential to change the way we educate ourselves in this fast paced industry.
Another fresh idea is the Tools in Action track. It really boosts the value of the first two university days. For those that don't know yet, the university days have typically longer talks of 3 hours with a break inbetween. That way it's possible to cover topics a bit deeper then in the typical conference session. But the new Tools track, all kinds of development tools will be showcased on half an hour. Definitely check out RichFaces/Exadel/JSFUnit and Ivy.
SEAM in Action is another talk that I think is going to be great. I saw Peter Hilton give this presentation in Rotterdam last month and he did an excellent job of explaining how to get started with SEAM in very simple terms.
Hope to see you all next week in Antwerp !