The long awaited moment has arrived at last! Over the past hour or two, the rejection slips have been rolling in. Those who submitted proposals for doing presentations at JavaOne 2008 have received the "yay" or "nay" by this stage. How did you do? How many rejections did you get? And were any of those... notifications that you'll receive the greatest honor that can befall a speaker in the modern software speaking world? Maybe its because I work at Sun Microsystems (but I don't think that's the case) that everyone I know considers JavaOne the premier annual occasion to present a session on your latest "cool thing". Especially given that so many apply for a speaking spot at this event that those that get chosen tend to be pretty interesting. One really needs to "flaunt one's stuff" to make it through the throng for this one.
Personally, I've received the happy acceptance notification (though two times as many rejections, so I'm not boasting here by any means). I'm looking forward to the occasion! One of the presentations I'm doing will be with Kai Toedter from Siemens, where we'll talk about the Eclipse RCP versus the NetBeans Platform. It won't be a shoot out and it won't be competitive. Both of us see both products as being valuable and we believe there is place for both. So, sorry, there'll be no fighting. :-) Another acceptance notification was received for a BOF, but I'll talk about that another time.
And what about you? Has fate smiled upon you this year?