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Day 1: What happened on Monday, 2007-06-25

Juerg Eberhard, CEO Keynode, welcomed participants from 25 countries and congratulated Yakov Sirotkin of Russia and Dinko Srkoc of Croatia who werewinners of the programming contest entitling them free conference admission.


Daniel C. Milks, conference moderator, first introduced platinum sponsors for a quick word. Andreas Knoepfli, Managing Director of Sun Switzerland announced that Jazoon will be the first introduction in Europe of Java FX technology and was pleased that the first instance of Jazoon already provided many of the features available at Java One in San Francisco. Christian Hunziker, Marketing and Sales Directory of ELCA Informatik also announced being proud to support an international caliber Java Conference located in Zurich and declared with positive feedback they would be pleased to support the next Jazoon at the same high level.

Farley Duvall, VP EMEA of Red Herring Inc., delivered the first Keynode address. The original Red Herring Magazine started in 1993 and was well-known for discussing the business behind IT - especially startups in Silicon Valley. After unfortunate business decisions during the height of the Internet boom caused the company to fail in 2003, the company recently relaunched itself with international offices in Zurich, Bangalore, and Beijing in a weekly format, focusing on issues in IT global finance. Farley Duvall leads the Zurich branch covering the European region, which he feels is the "region where real growth is happening" as opposed to the as yet unrealized potential of a clearly emerging Asia.

Ted Neward, US Independent Consultant, delivered the second keynote address, titled "Why the Next Five Years will be about Programming Languages". He started by explaining the dichotomy between practical language designers, who have to focus on real-world problems and academics, who focus on theoretical problems which may be quite useful but are typically ignored because of their lack of immediate exploitability. Ted believes we find ourselves currently in a "perfect storm" situation, which should lead to exciting new "domain specific languages". Ted argues that the three factors leading to this situation are 1) Virtualization technology, which provides basic technology such as garbage collection and JIT compilation allowing developers to ignore many details that weren't possible before 2) Tool support such as IDEs analyzers, debuggers, profilers supporting the use of domain specific languages and 3) the readiness to integrate ever more linguistically powerful features such as closures and direct manipulation of abstract syntax trees, to help solve increasingly urgent problems in concurrency, application security, distribution and/or services and user interaction. He urges us to embrace new language features and possibly even new languages - especially those built upon a solid Java foundation.

Dr Elmar Ledergerber, the mayor of Zurich, closed the session discussing his belief in the importance of local governmental support for innovation. Zurich's ETH is within the top 5 European universities yielding 20 Nobel prize winners, and the University of Zurich within the top 10, supporting a further 16 Nobel prize winners in Switzerland. Through well-targeted measures such as supporting higher education, incubators that for developing such innovations into practical applications and establishment of Zurich as a conference center, allows a bridge between the Open Source philosophy and Zurich today.

After a full day of technical talks, hallway discussions, and vendor demonstrations, attendees looked forward to relaxing at the Platins club, enjoying hors d'oeuvres and drinks provided by the generous sponsors. As many as 300 people at any one time gathered to discuss what they heard, shared experiences, and made new friends.