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Want to Cruise the Baltic Sea this Month? You're Invited. Seriously!

Posted by editor on February 4, 2011 at 3:20 PM PST

In the Northern Hemisphere's mid and northerly latitudes, for some of us it's been a record-setting winter (most snow ever recorded in a single month, where I live, in Connecticut, US). So, what would you say if you were invited to take a nice cruise across the icy Baltic Sea, at night, a couple weeks from now?

It turns out that if you live in Finland, and you're planning to attend Jfokus 2011 (14-16 February), you've got an invite to do just that! Mattias Karlsson pointed out this opportunity to me. I won't be attending Jfokus myself, but if you're going to be travelling to Jfokus from Finland, the Vaadin team invites you to voyage with them from Turku, Finland to Stockholm, Sweden, on the evening of February 14 (returning on the 16th).

It's not going to be just a party for shivering and hoping some flashes and wandering ribbons of Aurora Borealis come down and warm you up, either. About 35 developers from the Vaadin team will be on the cruise, and they've got a stimulating evening of Java-related activity planned. There will be more than three hours of presentations and networking as the cruise proceeds. The presenters include Arun Gupta, who will be speaking about "OSGi and Java EE hybrid applications using GlassFish"; David Chandler, presenting "Inside Google Web Toolkit"; and Vaadin VP of R&D Artur Signell, who will talk about "Recent Development and Roadmap for Vaadin".

If you'd like to attend the cruise, you can register at the Jfokus 2011 with Vaadin meetup page.

I wish I could attend Jfokus, and cruise the Baltic in mid-winter as well. Instead, I'll have to stay home and keep chipping away at the icicles beneath the ice dams that have formed on our roof this winter :(

Winter 2011, Connecticut, US. Photo by Dale Farnham

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