I spoke at the Real World Java Seminar at the Roosevelt Hotel in NYC on the 13th of this month. I gave my popular EJB 3/Spring/Hibernate comparison talk to a full-house audience. I think SYS-CON (the publishers of the widely read Java Developers Journal) had the right idea hosting this seminar. The one-day seminar was well-attended, even in the slow month of August. Given the number of Java developers on the East Coast there really is a lot of room for a large JavaOne style event. I know the travel expenses are a big deterrent for many people to go to JavaOne.
To some degree, the regional No Fluff Just Stuff (NFJS) symposiums kind of bridge that gap, but something like Real World Java can be a great success. I hope SYS-CON repeats the event in the coming years. I would certainly be delighted to speak there again.
Besides giving the talk, I got to speak with a number of Java folks like Jeremy Geelan (VP of SYS-CON), Reema Patel (Sun Evangelist), Mark Pollack (one of the Interface21 guys involved in Spring.NET) and Mark Richards (senior architect at IBM). I got positive feedback from a bunch of EJB 3 in Action readers too!