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A Visit to (Online Home of India's Java User Group)

Posted by editor on December 17, 2010 at 4:48 PM PST

I've recently been browsing the site, the online home of India's Java User Group. popped up in the blog feed search that I have set up to discover JUG-related blog posts, when guru posted "(Event) ACM Bangalore Annual Quiz and Challenge of Code Felicitation 2011" a few days ago. That particular event does not appear to be Java-specific, but once I realized what is, I decided to get a user account and browse around.

The site lists a total members count approaching 15,000 members. describes itself as "India's Java User Group(JUG), JAVA, J2EE, J2ME, SCJP & SCWCD Exams, OpenSource Community." And, sure enough, the site's structure reflects this. Site navigation is ordered using the following tabs:

  • SCJP
  • Fresher Java Jobs - Jobs for developers with little work experience
  • Tutorials
  • Exp Java Jobs - Jobs for experienced Java developers
  • FAQ
  • Forum
  • J2EE
  • Java

Several of the tabs are overrun by spam, but the jobs and tutorials tabs are well-maintained and quite useful. The Tutorials tab has links to about 150 tutorials, including many video tutorials. There is a page for each tutorial on the site. Video tutorials are embedded into the page, while for HTML tutorials that are actually hosted off-site, shows the beginning of the tutorial followed by a link to go to the full tutorial (or download it). It's quite an impressive collection -- and you don't have to be an member to view the tutorials. All the tutorials I looked at were in English.

Another valuable resource is the JAVA, SCJP Certification Mock QUIZ page. Here, you'll find about 50 Sun Certified Java Program (SCJP) quizes, practice interview questions, and even a video of Java puzzles.

Finally, the Articles page announces upcoming events of interest to Java developers. As we'd expect, there's always a lot of Java-related stuff going on in a country like India, where Java technology is employed so widely, and there are so many Java developers.

I've subscribed to's newsletter, and I'm now subscribed directly to their articles feed as well. I plan to cover what's happening at the India JUG -- not only for the benefit of developers who live in India, but also to help increase awareness throughout the global Java User Groups community of what other JUGs are doing.

If you'd like to find me on, my user name there is kfarnham.

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