The early news from the 2008 JavaOne conference in San Francisco is all about the crowd that showed up. I arrived at the venue to find a line of thousands that streamed along the South building, under the street to the North building and back up to street level, to give you an idea of the scale of this, the two main Moscone Center buildings cover two city blocks! It is BIG. At this point you may have realised that this is my first JavaOne conference and I’m excited to be bringing you the news from here along with the rest of the DZone team for the rest of the week.
The inside of the B and C halls here at the Moscone Centre is cavernous and looks set for a huge concert or show. The large stage is back-dropped by three connected jumbo screens, I hope I’m doing a reasonable job of conveying the size of this. Check out the video below showing the one and only James Gosling firing T-shirts he designed from a large elastic slingshot in to the crowd from centre stage! The show’s just getting started here and we’ll bring you a full report of the session later today.