Organizers of the JavaOne and Oracle Develop conference may be fielding more than a few emails and phone calls about refunds this afternoon. Google, which was supposed to have a significant presence at the event, backed out today due to the lawsuit Oracle brought against it.
Joshua Bloch, Google’s chief Java architect, wrote on the Google Code Blog, "[W]e’re sad to announce that we won’t be able to present at JavaOne this year. We wish that we could, but Oracle’s recent lawsuit against Google and open source has made it impossible for us to freely share our thoughts about the future of Java and open source generally."
Bloch then continued, "This is a painful realization for us, as we’ve participated in every JavaOne since 2004, and I personally have spoken at all but the first in 1996."
A few onlookers have taken to debating whether this is a childish act on Google’s part (as opposed to a legal necessity), but by and large, people who left comments following Bloch’s post have just expressed disappointment.
Which brings us back to the matter of cancellations and refunds, perhaps. Unfortunately, the last day for even a 50 percent refund was August 20th.
Another not-so-fun fact: the standard ticket to the JavaOne and Oracle Develop conference sold for $1,795 this year.