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A success for the "IDEs of March"

Posted by fabriziogiudici on March 18, 2008 at 1:04 AM PDT

A very smart comment by JavaLobby played with words and called "the IDEs of March" (*) the event that saw two italian JUGs to organize a new edition of the IDE shootout initiated by JUG Cologne. Now that the event is over, I can say that it has been a success: 200 persons could enjoy Roman Strobl (Sun Microsystems), Paolo Ramasso (Oracle) and Vaclav Pech (JetBrains) demonstrating the virtues of their products. A special thanks to our guests that made the event possible (too bad for the problems that prevented an Eclipse speaker to come). We know that attendees really enjoyed the event, so I can only recommend other JUG leaders in the world to repeat it in their home countries.

My congratulations to JUG Genova and JUG Roma, especially to the former since they resumed the activities just one year ago, after a period of stall. Here are some photos of the event (and - as some photos demonstrate - in the better italian tradition the thing ended up in with a great dinner!). All the official photos are available on

(*) "The Ides of March is the name of the date 15 March in the Roman calendar. The term ides was used for the 15th day of the months of March, May, July, and October, and the 13th day of the other eight months. In modern times, the term Ides of March (Latin: Idus Martiae) is best known as the date that Julius Caesar was assassinated, in 44 BC, the story of which was famously retold in William Shakespeare's play Julius Caesar.

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