Trans Europe Express
Touring the JUG's (and other points of interest)
java.net's official in-person gatherings, like our booth at JavaOne and the community leaders weekend before it, tend to have a bit of a North American bias just because of the distances involved getting to the U.S. west coast. There's usually a strong Brazilian contingent (cue obligatory cheer) and an occasional European participant, but not fully representative of our community. So it's good to have reminders of how international the java.net community, and the wider Java user base, really is.
A taste of that can be found in today's listing for a JavaOne birds-of-a-feather (BOF) session bringing together the leaders of a number of Java User Groups. The list JUG's participating in JUG Leaders BOF with Sun Technology Outreach sounds like a trans-European tour: Cologne (Germany), Belgium, the Netherlands, Greece, and others. Throw in a stop in Brazil (cue obligatory cheer) for a meeting with SouJava, and it's a grand tour. The group will conduct a panel discsussion about open source initiatives, how to get a Java Champion or Sun engineer or evangelist to talk at your JUG, and more.
But we're still missing a few continents... Asia, Australia, Africa... care to join us?
Also in Java Today,
Direct Web Remoting (DWR) creator Joe Walker has announced the release of DWR 2.0 RC4, with several new features. "The biggy is Guice support. If it wasn't for the fact that we could add this in without touching the core of DWR, I'd say this was too big a change at this point in the release cycle, however Tim Peierls (who you might know from this project) has done a stack of work to make DWR and Guice play really well together." Security and Reverse Ajax have also been improved.
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