Getting to know each other
I've been pleansantly surprised to discover how strong of a bond my JUG affiliation has turned out to be. I have to refrain from the desire to call our community a clan. :-) I feel fortunate to have had the chance to visit various JUG communities in the USA, thanks to my participation in the 'No Fluff Just Stuff' conferences this year.
Being a member of the java.net JUGs community has been fun, though a fairly passive experience. That is, until now. I'm glad to now have an active role with the java.net JUGs community as one of its leaders. I recently discussed an idea with Bruno Souza (long time java.net JUGs community leader) and I sincerely hope that you'll find this to be a good idea for our community: JUG Profiles.
The idea is simple: let's get to know each other! The physical distances between JUGs are great and they're sometimes hard to overcome. One of my goals for the next year is to periodically feature a Java Users Group on the JUGs community web site.
And so I'm proud to announce that our first interview is now published: a JUG Profile with JUG.RU (JUG.RU is based in St. Petersburg, Russia). I'd like to thank Yakov Sirotkin (who coordinates the JUG.RU meetings) for volunteering to do this virtual interview with us.
Come check out the JUGs community web site and let us know whether you'd like to share some of your local JUG experiences with the JUG world at large.