My first day at Devoxx was exhausting but quite satisfying. Our “Java EE 6 Tutorial, reloaded” session went very well, with all 15 demos working flawlessly, including the 4 new client demos, new slides for CDI, a “Gotchas” section and an overall pass on the slide deck. The feedback (questions, discussions, tweets, …) was very good and many asked about the address for the demos, so here it is: http://beginningee6.kenai.com/ (code is in the trunk, we’ll tag it soon). The slides are here.
In the afternoon, Antonio and myself decided that three hours of talking wasn’t enough so we took on to run a Hands-On Lab for another 3 hours. This was another set of reasons for satisfaction: 40+ people (full room) with no one leaving because of technical issues (quite rare in HOLs) and lots of good conversations comparing NetBeans to other IDEs, JSF to Struts, CDI/EJB to Spring, etc…
Overall it seems people attending were happy going through the (admittedly simple) three exercises on JSF, JAX-RS, and CDI. Those exercises and the instructions document are available from this URL.
Check the README.txt file which will tell you which projects to use (with or without Maven).
Of course, as always, lots of familiar faces and fun discussions. Now looking forward to the keynote sessions tomorrow (JavaSE) and Thursday (JavaEE).