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Goodbye Macworld, Apple Bites the Hand That Feeds It

If Sun ever stops JavaOne, no matter how expensive it becomes, then Java is dead

 From Alan Williamson's Blog

Another casualty of the economic downturn, or an excuse to pull back on some spending, whatever the reason, Apple has decided it is no longer sponsoring its flag ship trade show, Macworld. TechRadar has the full announcement here.

I am not an Apple fan by any stretch of the imagination, over priced, over hyped products, that are more fashion label than substance, but I do know the importance of these 'dog and pony' shows that Apple and Steve Jobs put on to galvanise the very users that do all of the viral marketing for Apple. Free of charge.

Apple claim they want to spend more money on their Apple Stores, and that is probably wise, but don't dismiss the very shows that actually get people excited to be queuing the night before to get their grubby paws on the next piece of heavenly Jobs technology. What other product, except maybe Star Wars and Harry Potter, command such fan devotion?

I fear this may not be the first to die off. We are seeing lots of smaller conferences canned and those that are still around, are struggling to get people in the doors. It is an expensive business without a doubt. However, in this environment the last thing any company wants to do is to pull back on their developer marketing spend.

Do not dis the very people that will build and create the community for your product to survive.

Can you imagine a Java landscape without its yearly flagship conference JavaOne? Unthinkable, but you can be rest assured that it will be a wonderful benchmark to which to measure Sun's commitment. If Sun ever stops JavaOne, no matter how expensive it becomes, then Java is dead.

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Alan Williamson is widely recognized as an early expert on Cloud Computing, he is Co-Founder of aw2.0 Ltd, a software company specializing in deploying software solutions within Cloud networks. Alan is a Sun Java Champion and creator of OpenBlueDragon (an open source Java CFML runtime engine). With many books, articles and speaking engagements under his belt, Alan likes to talk passionately about what can be done TODAY and not get caught up in the marketing hype of TOMORROW. Follow his blog, http://alan.blog-city.com/ or e-mail him at cloud(at)alanwilliamson.org.

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