[jdom-interest] JavaOne presentations (flame)
psilvey at mitre.org
Mon Feb 11 07:23:12 PST 2002
No matter what you end up having to do, please post a copy of the
slides you would have liked to use somewhere that others can access
freely. I've always enjoyed your presentation material because it is
useful without the voice-track. If you want to start an e-mail
petition, let me know, and I'll support your view to whomever it may
concern at Sun.
The MITRE Corporation
>I just have to vent, and this crowd seems like a fine place to vent
>about this particular thing.
>I'm presenting a talk on JDOM at JavaOne this year, and Oh My God, the
>slide submittal process is horrid. Absolutely draconian. Unlike *every
>other conference* I've spoken at (dozens), at JavaOne there are people
>who critique your slides on various Rules. These Rules are definitely
>smart guidelines but at JavaOne they are literally *Rules*. If you
>don't pass each and every rule down the line, they don't let you give
>One sample rule: You need a graphic on at least one out of every 6
>pages. Need it or not, appropriate or not, you need a graphic. It's
>supposed to keep your audience awake. Well, I guess I have to come up
>with a graphic for the section where I compare JDOM with DOM. Any
>ideas? I wonder if a picture from Anna Kournikova's new calendar would
>Another rule: You should have no more than six words per bullet point.
>Wait, did I say "should"? I mean MUST as in the W3C spec meaning of the
>word. Nothing longer than six words is <oops, cut, can't say anymore>.
>That last one really bugs me. I personally find JavaOne slides 100%
>useless after the talk because of this rule. I've downloaded slides in
>years past from talks I couldn't attend. Here's what you get:
>* JVM Performance In Process
>* Garbage Collection In Real Time
>Oh yeah, I'm really learning now. They say this rule is to keep the
>point size up so you can read the slides during the show, but seems to
>* If you're in the show you're listening, not reading
>* If you're not in the show, you can only read
>(Notice the effective use of 9 word bullets there.)
>So with big point sizes you can read my outline during the show, but
>after I'm done talking, all the points are lost.
>I was proud and I stood my moral ground and flaunted the rules -- I used
>graphics only when I needed graphics and I tried to actually *say
>something* with each bullet point. But no. The people reviewing the
>talks actually counted my words and my graphic densities. I failed.
>I'm told I need to revise now.
>What's really ironic is last year the same basic slide outline was
>accepted. I was just unlucky enough this year to get the Presentation
>Nazi. I can almost hear him yell: "No presentation for you, one year!"
>Maybe you're thinking I should obligingly bow to the "Rules" and be
>tricky and bring my own slides in on a laptop on the presentation day.
>No can do; they're on to that! You can't bring your own laptop to
>present. Every other conference I've spoken at lets you. Why not at
>JavaOne? They say it's to keep things simpler to setup, but really how
>simple is it for me to load JDOM examples on their machine versus my
>own?? Here's my theory: if anyone ever tries to make The Training
>Alliance Nazis (tm) look bad (you know, someone in a bad mood -- try to
>picture it), they'll know beforehand and have some leverage to encourage
>you to change your slides.
>I agree these guidelines make sense in general, but can we give the
>speakers no credit? The best talks I've ever attended have slides that
>don't in any way follow the JavaOne Rules. And some of the worst talks
>I've ever attended have been at JavaOne. Maybe they're trying to raise
>up the quality of these poor talks by rigidly enforcing these rules. I
>think it's more likely they're creating poor talks by enforcing these
>Ah well. At least I can still say what I want on stage. Um, probably.
>I'll let you know if they actually let me speak live on stage or if it's
>a tape recording.
>P.S. Sun speakers suffer from this just as much as outside people.
>This is another reason why no one at Sun looks very happy the month
>P.P.S. The slides haven't even gone to legal review yet. Last year in
>legal review they changed "JDOM" to "The Document Object Model for Java"
>on me and for a long time refused to change it back. You'd think they
>would believe I knew the name of my project.
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