Apparently the Java developers market in Sacramento is heating up these days with about 20+ positions largely contracting for between $45-$75/hr. On that note one of the developers in the audience mentioned that he was doing a lot of interviewing and that bringing actual code on a laptop to an interview would really impress him, though he hadn’t seen anyone actually do that. As a hiring manager I can vouch that I would be impressed with someone who did that in an interview.
Beyond that at the SACJUG meeting Nick Chalko did a good overview of the TPTP plugin for Eclipse 3.2. Some of my developers are starting to look more into profiling so the overview was helpful. I’ve also heard that the new NetBeans has a really nice profiler.