A blog post by Misel Mesnjak and Slaven Tomac about JavaCro 2016 from backend and frontend developer perspective.
JavaCro 2016 from a perspective of a Java (backend) developer
To immediately make the punch line using the words of one of the presenters at the conference (Emanuel Darlea, from Genuitec) when asked about how he finds JavaCro thus far: "Country and location... great, people and food... great, quality of conference talks... so-so".
Even when said with a joking tone you could certainly find it to be quite true. And now a disclosure: I've never before attended a JavaCro or any other mostly Java oriented conference so this view may not apply to you, valued reader, but in my case, even without a proper measuring stick to apply to it, I also found the conference lacking in the quality department. It was mostly in presentational style and the ability of presenters to captivate the audience. It's not even that conference talks were that boring, or that subjects for talks were poorly chosen, or that the speakers didn't care about the matter they were talking about, but for the most part, it looked like persons giving talks were somehow "forced" to do it.
On the other hand some of the talks that appealed to me like "Unikernelize your Java application" by Mario Žagar from Infobip were a tad bit too short and maybe missed some concrete examples of the subject matter. Likewise, some keynote speeches that gave the overall, big picture of the current state of Java ecosystem were on the right track and gave a good note to the conference in general.
Maybe I'm too harsh in giving my opinion this way, but things seem to each and every one of us differently - that is just a cold, hard fact. It could be, that my lack of experience in choosing a right track to listen to and a little too much switching between tracks led me to have this overall not-so-good feeling about the formal part of the conference, but there it is.
Besides a formal part (talks and speeches) of the conference, it was nice to see some old faces and catch up, meet some new faces and learn about what they are doing and see the general direction towards which Java community is moving. These informal parts of the gathering were and probably are the best part of such conferences anyhow, since networking and making contacts are an essential ingredient of any professional's career.
All-in-all I hope to get another chance to visit some of the future JavaCro conferences and see in which direction the whole scene will move, and hopefully, prepare an interesting enough speech about some of the cool stuff we do here at Amphinicy.
JavaCro 2016 from a perspective of a web (frontend) developer
Now, when you read a perspective from a Java backend developer let me give you my point of view. I work in Amphinicy as a frontend developer, but I have a lot (from a frontend developer perspective :)) experience in the backend area too.
From those which I found most interesting inside Web and Mobile section, I will point out two lectures: Demand-oriented Web Architecture and Modularize your Angular application in two weeks, which weren't pure technology oriented talks, but which were more project structure/architecture based and they also included a few technology introductions. I guess I liked those the most because I'm dealing with a same troubles/thoughts myself and they solved them as I would/did :).