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Podcast: Juggy and the Java Tools Team (and Jack Adams)

Posted by editor on July 28, 2009 at 5:54 AM PDT

Juggy, leader of the Java Finch Project, visited the booth during this year's JavaOne, and spoke with (sometimes "at") Java Tools Community leaders Fabiane Nardon and Toni Epple in a wide-ranging discussion. We recorded the conversation as a Community Corner 2009 podcast.

Juggy opens the questioning by asking Fabiane to describe the Java Tools community. She noted that the community, which is focused on tools related to Java development, has almost 800 projects at present, including three Duke's Award winners. Toni pointed out that Sven Reimers, leader of the Java Tools SQE (Software Quality Environment) project, won a Duke's Award this year, for NetBeans-related work performed as part of his work at his company, ND Satcom. (You can hear Sven talk about both the Duke's Award and SQE in the Java Tools SQE Roundtable podcast.)

Another Duke's Award winner is the Mifos project, an open source toolkit that facilitates microfinance. The project was founded by the Grameen Foundation. See the Mifos home page for more information on how the project's software can be applied.

Last year, the Hudson project won a Duke. Hudson is an extensible continuous integration engine.

Juggy is quite an enthusiastic character. He finds a lot that is going on in the Java Tools Community "very cool!" But, he has little patience for wasted words. He asked Fabiane which Java Tools projects she really likes, and her answer was Hudson, which she uses regularly. When he asked Toni which Java Tools project he likes, and Toni's first response was Hudson, Juggy immediately cut him off: "That one Fabiane already said! Say another one!" To which Toni responded that he likes a lot of the NetBeans plugins (and was allowed by Juggy to continue talking).

About a third into the podcast, a new visitor, Jack Adams, showed up. He had been working previously and wasn't able to make the start of the conversation between Fabiane, Toni, and Juggy. Jack's focus of interest is the Mobile and Embedded realm. Poor Jack had lost his arm, somewhere around the time of JavaOne, the result of too much fast programming. Therefore, he was unable to accept an invitation to help write the Java Tools Newsletter. Perhaps he's gotten his arm back by now...

To be fair and provide full disclosure, I must admit that I know something about Juggy that he himself may not know: he's actually an alter-ego of Bruno Souza. I believe Jack Adams has a similar relationship with Roger Brinkley...

It was an intersting 27 minutes of Java Tools related discussion. If you'd like to hear the full conversation, listen to the Juggy and the Java Tools Team podcast.

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Juggy, leader of the Java Finch Project, visited the booth during this year's JavaOne, and spoke with (sometimes "at") Java Tools Community leaders Fabiane Nardon and Toni Epple...