Successful DevoxxUK / "Hack the Tower" OpenJDK hackday

Daniel Bryant daniel.bryant at
Sun Jul 6 19:29:27 UTC 2014

Hi Martijn, Don,

Thanks for confirming about the BoF session details (and apologies for 
the slow response via mail!) I look forward to when the full session 
times are announced, as it will be interesting to see what we are 
competing against.

I know with my J1 BoF last year (which was ran at 8.30pm), my main 
competition was free beer at the parties, and so it was a tough audience ;-)

Best wishes,


On 23/06/2014 12:54, Donald Smith wrote:
> ..jumping in without knowing the specifics but based on historical 
> moves in this area...
> It's a bit of a numbers game, but technically as a BOF it will still 
> be "panel style", and same gratis pass & room benefits, etc. It's just 
> a bit of a numbers game with how the program is organized and the 
> content is laid out.  This has happened to myself and team countless 
> times in the past, and it's more about being specific content/topic 
> that fit better with the BOF allocation.  But as I say, it's the same 
> rooms, you can still easily do panels, it's still in the same program, 
> etc.
>  - Don
> On 22/06/2014 12:48 PM, Daniel Bryant wrote:
>> Related to the P.S. note on my previous email, I've just noticed that 
>> the J1 OpenJDK session has been accepted as a BOF, but I submitted it 
>> as a Conference Panel session... I wonder if it was changed, or if 
>> the Oracle website is reporting this incorrectly?
>> Best wishes,
>> Daniel
>> On 22/06/2014 17:45, Daniel Bryant wrote:
>>> Hi all,
>>> Just wanted to mention that last Saturday we hosted a successful 
>>> OpenJDK hackday in combination with the Devoxx UK conference and 
>>> Salesforce "Hack the Tower" event.
>>> We had 15+ attendees in the OpenJDK section of the event, and 
>>> approximately a third were new (and so we got them building the 
>>> OpenJDK via Mani's instructions), a third were more experienced (and 
>>> so they experimented with fixing Sonar warnings), and the remainder 
>>> worked on Betterrev.
>>> We were also fortunate to have James Ward of Typesafe/Play fame with 
>>> us at the event, and he offered some great feedback about the 
>>> architecture and code within Betterrev.
>>> We also ran an OpenJDK BOF session at the DevoxxUK conference, and 
>>> Mani manned the OpenJDK booth at the associated Hackergarten. We 
>>> received some good feedback on this event, and also some suggestions 
>>> on how to make this better; the primary comment/question was 'what 
>>> have the community contributed to OpenJDK', and 'what can we 
>>> reasonably expect to contribute if we join up...'
>>> Best wishes,
>>> Daniel
>>> P.S. Last week we received good news that we have an OpenJDK BOF 
>>> accepted again at JavaOne this year, and the LJC also have a related 
>>> Panel/BOF session about how JUGs can contribute to the future of 
>>> Java :-)

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