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May the JUGs be with you

Posted by bitog on May 28, 2008 at 4:57 PM PDT

Note: This blog entry is at the same time both special and strange for me. Special, because it's my first one here on ("Hi there!") and strange because I'm gonna write about an event that I almost didn't attend...(*)

Let's talk about Java conferences... you know, they're good to learn something new, to smell the air of the innovation and blah, blah blah. I'm assuming that most of you have attended at least one in your career, so this is NOT my big point. Every attendee knows that a conference can be useful for him/her.

But... try to change the point of view. Have you ever think about how much YOU can be useful to a conference? Or useful for the entire Java community as well?

Normally, people represent themselves, or at least the company they're working for. Ok, this may be good but... The slogan of this year's JavaOne was "Java+You". How much does it count in your case? Java+10? Java+5?
I give you a few seconds to think about it. Only Java+1? Oh man, if it's your case, trust me... you were invisible.

Now I'm gonna tell you that, like the years before, there were some special guys carrying with them the voice and the interests of hundreds, thousands, even tens of thousands of Java developers.
They were the Java User Groups Leaders, people from every continent of the Earth, the real Java Babel Tower. I don't want to explain here what a JUG is or not, there're plenty of good articles around (ex: here) and a lot of information on how to start, run and join a Java User Group.

The JavaOne really got benefits from the presence of those people, who bring diversity and joy. In the next months, every word, every contact or information they caught at the Moscone Center will be transferred to the Communities they represent. From New York to Melbourne. Even to the poorest developers in the poorest countries.

Isn't that great? Isn't that true value for Java and for people?

The JUGs Community is passion. Is to give a concrete help to something you'll love. Please, join us. Find the nearest JUG to you. Contact us. And be ready to learn, to share, to challenge your knowledge with the rest of the greatest Java community in the world.

(*) Oh, yes, I was at the J1, but sitting sick in a bed for the 90% of my time... damn!

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Nice to see another italian here :-)