JAX in Retrospect
Last week, the 2006 edition of the JAX conference
was successfully completed. With 1600 participants, it's probably the largest conference of this sort in Europe. I was very sceptical at the beginning because of the new location, the Rhein Main Hallen
in Wiesbaden, because of their size and cold atmosphere. However, the large large numbers of sofas and armchairs compensated for that - no problems to sit down and chat.
My own sessions
went quite well. Even in the Variabilities session, which is rather basic, and not hype at all, I hat (guessing) a hundred participants. Our session about GMF and openArchitectureWare
was also very well received, as people told us afterwards. Finally, the Power Workshop on openArchitectureWare
on Friday had (guessing again) 50 participants. That's way more than we expected.
Finally, the BOF about MDSD was interesting. For the first time in years I had the impression that it was not about explaining to people the various predjudices and trivialities about MDSD. This time, most of the people had really used MDSD and approached us with real issues. This is a great development, since it proves that
people actually use that stuff!