I was invited to speak at the Java Day Riga Conference.
The conference took place at the Tallin Riga Hotel, which is a very nice hotel, just opened a couple of years ago. The hotel is also placed in the city centre, with walking distances to the nice areas.
I would like to thank Dmitry, for inviting me, and Oracle for sponsoring this event. According to Dmitry, the event would not be possible without the good faith from the Oracle. The event was free, so we had about 200+ attendees.
I like the badges, having a big and easy to read name.
|Conference badget with easy to read names|
The evening before the conference, we went out on a guide tour to see Riga. We hired a history professor, whom was very enthusiastic and knew a lot about what has happened to Riga over the many years. Riga is a very old city, named after the river, and it has been taken over many times between Germans, Polishes, Swedes, Russian etc.
|Monument of freedom in Riga centre|
Unfortunately after one hour it become too cold to pay attention, and we have already seen 4 churches, and many historical buildings. We found a place selling mulled wine, so we could get a bit of warm.
|History Tour in Riga. Drinking mulled wine to get a bit warmth|
The keynote talks was good talks about the upcoming lambda expressions in Java 8. As well a talk about JEE 7, which has focus on the cloud.
|Martijn Verburg preparing for his talk|
|Martijn thinks developers are awesome|
In the end of the talk, the audience was giving a choice of either talking about Apache ServiceMix or the Camel roadmap. The audience chose the latter, so I gave a round about what to expect in the next Camel 2.9 release. Then we ran out of time. A talk for 50 minutes, is frankly a bit on the short side. 1h is usually the minimum.
In the airport on my way home. I spotted the Camel.
|Camel spotting at the airport|