JPR 2009: Tuesday Lightning Talks

At the first Java Posse Roundup (2007), lightning talks were added after the conference began. It was a great idea, but novel enough for some of us that the slots filled up slowly. This year, the three lightning talk sessions were booked solid shortly after the sign-up sheets were posted. By the end of the first LT session, it was clear that the continuous improvement trend was continuing in fine style.

I’m going to list only a very brief summary for each of the lightning talks; all of them will be posted to the Posse’s YouTube Channel.

Joel Neely
Fair Allocation – I showed a small algorithm for weighted division, which illustrates a useful heuristic for discovering correct design.
Joe Sondow
The Selenium IDE – Joe demonstrated the Selenium web testing tool that works well with Firebug.
Bill Pugh
Becoming 3/4 of the man I was – Bill talked about how he lost 60 pounds.
Joe Nuxoll
The Art of the Photo – Joe illustrated fundamental photographic concepts with lots of great photos.
Ido Green
High Gear – Ido introduced his new company, High Gear Media, which supports the “long tail” car-buying market with support for content management and rich site publishing.
Fred Simon
Physics of the 20th Century: the Incomplete Revolution – Fred hit key points regarding general relativity, quantum mechanics, string theory, and loop quantum gravity.
Peter Pilgrim
Animation in JavaFX – Peter talked about SceneGraph, binding, and timelines in JavaFX.
Joe Nuxoll
Racing 101 – This was an encore performance of Joe’s intro to key racing concepts.
Dick Wall
GMail Keyboard Shortcuts – Dick showed us several tips to speed up our GMail sessions.
Bill Venners
ScalaCheck – Bill demonstrated the use of ScalaCheck, a powerful tool for automatic unit-testing of Scala and Java, which offers automatic test case generation and minimization of failing test cases.
Dave Briccetti
Scala Twitter Client – Dave demonstrated features of his Simple Twitter Client in Scala, which he’s worked on this week with other Roundup attendees.
Bill Pugh
Your eyes suck at blue – By separately manipulating the color channels of an image, Bill demonstrated how much less sensitive our eyes are to blue than to red and green.
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