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Rod Johnson, CEO of SpringSource, gave a free talk to the Silicon Valley Web Developer JUG at the Googleplex in Mountain View on August 18, 2008. It was a standing room only event with more than 200 local Java developers in attendance. If you missed it, the entire talk was recorded by Google and the video is now available on YouTube. The slides are a bit blurry on the video, but, Rod was kind...
on Sep 10, 2008
SouJava, one of the biggest Java Users Group around the world is organizing the Just Java 2008 Conference. This event happens in São Paulo/Brazil, from September 10th to September 12th. I will be there on September 10th, presenting about Java, Agile, Testing, Team formation processes and things like that with my friend Giovani Salvador, also a blogger. You can check the summary of the...
on Sep 9, 2008
I'll be visiting Brazil from September 9th to 21st, as a part of the month of Java in Brazil. I've never been to Brazil before, so I'm really excited. I'll be visiting various places — Just Java 2008 in Sao Paulo (Sep 10-12), Joao Pessoa (14th), Fortaleza (Sep 16th), Belom (Sep 18th), and Florianopolis (20th) [more details]. I hope to talk about Hudson, GlassFish, web services and JAXB....
on Aug 28, 2008
Sentilla Labs, a recently launched community website, offers developers a step-by-step guided tour through the project development process, allowing visitors to download code and illustrations and rapidly bring projects to life. Some projects at Sentilla Labs can be created with fewer than 100 lines of code. In addition, developers can upload and display their own projects with confidence because...
on Aug 24, 2008
In addition to the JUG that we run, Kevin Nilson and I also run the Silicon Valley Google Technology User Group (SV-GTUG). Sometimes, we have joint meetings like this one where the topic intersects Java Development and Google Technology. Kevin Bourrillion gave this talk at a recent SV-GTUG meeting. The talk is available for viewing on YouTube in two parts: Part 1:
on Aug 15, 2008
From September 10th till September 30th, Brazil will host several Java Conferences in 14 different cities, giving the comunity hours of deep technical content with the best Brazilians names in the comunity and some international guests as well. If you're anywhere near, those are the places that you will find events and the dates. This is a calendar of events during the "Month of Java", including...
on Aug 5, 2008
R.I.P Usenet: 1980-2008 ?? Surely you jest, surely this is one of those "the rumors of my death are greatly exaggerated" moments? Ah, but, there is some kernels of truth to the story.. Namely, well, I haven't dipped into any Usenet groups in years but the need for Usenet has IMHO been bypassed by the Web. I believe though that we've lost something in that Usenet's discussion was shared widely...
on Jul 31, 2008
For the third year running, the Silicon Valley Code Camp will be held at Foothill College in Los Altos, California. This will be my second year organizing the Java Speaker Track at Code Camp with the help of Kevin Nilson. This year, I am also organizing a Lightning Talk session for each day of the conference. If you plan on attending, please register early so that we can get a good indication of...
on Jul 6, 2008
Sicilia JUG took my email interview a few days ago and published it on their website. Read it here. Thanks to Mario Cartia! Technorati: sicilia jug interview
on Jun 20, 2008
The Swiss Duke
on Jun 12, 2008
After seeing the latest updates on Project Wonderland during JavaOne combined with the great memories of hanging out recently at the Community Corner in the Pavilion, I keep thinking about a year round virtual Community Corner implemented using Project Wonderland software on Sun hardware. A place where Java User Group (JUG) Leaders, Sun Java Champions and others from the Java developer...
on Jun 11, 2008
The 2nd edition of Effective Java by Joshua Bloch will be exclusively available at Jazoon'08 for the first time in Europe. You can purchase the book at the conference registration desk for the special conference prize of CHF 50. And get your copy autographed! After his keynote on Thursday 26 June, Josh will autograph his new book. Josh will have two talks at Jazoon'08. Don't miss it!
on Jun 6, 2008
In 9 days the EURO2008 soccer championship will start in Switzerland. And in 25 days Jazoon'08 will kick-off. Don't worry about EURO2008: there are still plenty of hotel rooms available in Zurich and you will be able to watch the only game scheduled during Jazoon on our large movie theater screens with commentary in English.
on May 29, 2008
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...
on May 28, 2008
The Swiss Duke
on May 14, 2008
In many sessions e.g. in the Script Bowl on Day 2 Scala was a topic of interest at JavaOne (don't ask me why Scala was in the 'Script' bowl). Some of the features of this functional language certainly impressed. In the Java Posse BOF (Java Posse Episode 186) it was discussed what the potential of Scala in the world of programming languages is. For sure dynamic languages have a different standing...
on May 13, 2008
The question is of course not new. But is it obsolete? The following comments arose from a Q&A with Jonathan Schwartz and Rich Green at JavaOne as well as the 'Scripting Panel' with Charles Nutter, Tor Norby, Ted Leung, Guy Laforge, and Greg Murray moderated by Tim Bray. The number of languages/frameworks for sure does not become smaller. Some of the actual examples discussed in the panel...
on May 8, 2008
In today's keynote, Rich Green (Sun's Executive VP Software) pointed out the increasing importance of RIA showing a compelling demo of a JavaFX application. The application merging sources from Youtube, Flickr and Twitter running in a browser could be simply dragged onto the desktop to run there. The same application was even shown to run on the Android emulator. RIA are an important step on the...
on May 6, 2008
The Swiss Duke
on Apr 25, 2008
Yesterday, I did a couple of presentations about Java platform and Open Source for HelwanJUG, Faculty of Computers and Information at Helwan University. download the sessions Java Platform Open Source Software
on Apr 16, 2008