JUG Focus: Egypt Java User Group Celebrates Five Year Anniversary
This morning I strolled around the Egypt JUG web site, and found quite a lot of interesting material. The home page is divided into sections, with the middle section being a list of "Latest Contents" and the latest posts to the site. The latest contents are divided into:
- Latest Forum Topics
- Latest Articles
- Latest Jobs
- Latest blog posts
The Navigation section on the right includes a link to the EGJUG's java.net page, along with links to recent posts, top contributors, and where visitors come from. While the ClustrMap doesn't show a whole lot of visitors, the vistors are spread across four continents (Africa, Europe, Asia, North America).
The EGJUG's java.net page says the JUG was formed in 2006, is the top JUG in the Middle East and Africa, and one of the top 50 JUGs globally. The page expresses a plan to start monthly meetings.
It's difficult to say how often the EGJUG actually meets, based solely on the web site. This could be because the site isn't kept entirely up to date (admittedly a difficult thing to do, when you have a job and you're also leading a Java User Group). The last documented meeting prior to today's birthday celebration was on May 2, 2010, Meeting#16: Java 7 new features by Svetlin Nakov. This meeting covered:
- the new deployment model in the Java platform
- superpackages and Java modules
- the new input output system (NIO2)
- asynchronous sockets and files
- the new file system API
- the new date and time APIs
- the new concurrency utilities
- the Swing application framework
- Java media components
- JavaBeans validation
- JMX 2.0
- the new language features (strings in switch, enumerations comparison, chained invocation constructors, extension methods, exceptions multi-catch, simplified null handling, automatic type inference)
- the enhanced annotations
- the dynamic language support enhancements
- the Java kernel
- new garbage collector (G1), etc.
In other words, members of the Egypt JUG are talking about the same topics we're all talking about.
EGJUG does have some outside support. Their sponsors include Google, International Turnkey Systems (a leading integrated information technolology solutions and software services provider), iCraft (a system integration and consultancy service provider focusing on Open Source Software), and itida (the Egyptian Information Technology Industry Development Agency).
An interesting feature on the left column of the EGJUG site is the "Black Belt Factory." This lists members who have recently passed a BlackBeltFactory exam. By clicking the link for Ahmed Hashim, I was brought to Ahmed's BlackBeltFactory profile. Ahmed has passed 21 BlackBelt Factory exams! His profile also tells us:
I have been rewarded on December 2007 as Java Champion by Sun Java Champion community. I am the founder and leader of the Egyptian Java User Group http://www.egjug.org. I am frequent speaker in local events talking about Java technology and OpenSourceSoftware.
Happy Birthday EGJUG! Have a great celebration this evening!
The Egypt JUG celebrates its 5th birthday today! Here's the EGJUG's 5th birthday announcement:
Dear EGJUG Member, We would like to invite you to our special celebration of EGJUG's 5th birthday we are inviting all EGJUG members so there will be a lot of stuff that we can talk about and share ... Share our joy and have some cake while talking and sharing the vision and the future plan for EGJUG...
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