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JUG News: Upcoming Events, and Eclipse Short-Cut Keys

Posted by editor on February 11, 2011 at 11:45 AM PST

Today I was browsing news related to Java User Groups -- something I like to do in part as a means of assessing the directions where the interest of the Java community is trending, at the developer level (rather than at the big public announcement level).

I'm sure there will be more than six JUG meetings in the next week, but the meetings listed below are the ones my news and blog search turned up first.

  • Feb 11-12, Javagruppen (Denmark): Java - a cloudy affair - Everybody are deploying in the cloud - or are they? And if they are, why do they do it? How do they do it? What are the advantages? Are they successful? And what can you - as a Java developer do to get your application in the cloud...
  • Feb 15, Lyon JUG: Soirée BPM - Présenté par Mickaël Istria. Bonita Open Solution est la premiere solution Open-Source complete de Business Process Management (BPM). Basée sur un moteur de workflow robuste, elle fournit tout l’outillage nécessaire pour créer efficacement des applications a partir de processus métier...
  • Feb 15, Normandy JUG: Tapestry 5 - Le NormandyJUG aime les frameworks Web Java ... Après GWT, Wicket, Play!, c’est au tour de Tapestry5 de nous rendre visite. Christophe Cordenier, commiter sur Tapestry 5 nous fera le plaisir de partager sa passion et ses connaissances.
  • Feb 15, Chicago Java Users Group: Feb 15th Meeting: Drools - Ray Ploski of Red Hat will talk about Drools: Introducing Drools To Your Java-based Systems. Drools is a suite of tools including a rules engine and rules management system.
  • Feb 17, Brussels JUG: Next Session – Thu 17.02.2011 – Igor Drobiazko,Tapestry 5 Night - Apache Tapestry is an open-source, component-based web application framework for Java. It features concise templates, minimal amounts of Java code, high performance, and important productivity features such as live class reloading...
  • Feb 16, Silicon Valley Web JUG: What's New in Spring 3.1 - Josh Long from SpringSource will be giving a talk on What's New in Spring 3.1. He will discuss the new core features such as: environment profiles for application contexts, feature specifications within configuration classes, and Spring's new caching abstraction.

I find the breakdown of topics interesting, because it's a fairly different set of topics from those that make the Java-centric news headlines. The Apache Tapestry framework, designed for creating dynamic, highly-scalable web applications in Java, will be featured in two of the meetings. The JBoss Community's Drools business logic integration platform will be the focus of one meeting, while another meeting focuses on BPM. SpringSource's Spring 3.1 will be highlight one meeting. And a conference on Java in the cloud rounds out the list.

The focus on practical matters is what stands out to me. The presentations are all about tools or methods for getting work done, for being productive. Even Java - a cloudy affair has a practical focus, that of getting your Java application into the cloud. There's no politics, no wars over directions or corporations... That's a really pleasant difference...

Last, but not least, my search also turned up a useful page published by the Java User Group of LVIV (Ukraine): a full list of Eclipse 3.0 keyboard shortcuts.

Visit the JUG Events calendar if you'd like to find out about upcoming Java User Group events in your area, or if you'd like to put your own upcoming JUG event onto the calendar.

Java Today

Vikram Goyal has a new article, Working with Lightweight User Interface Toolkit (LWUIT) 1.4:

LWUIT is a user interface library designed to bring uniformity and cross mobile interface functionality to applications developed using Java Platform, Micro Edition (Java ME). To make applications designed using Java ME look consistent across different platforms is a big task, and LWUIT lives up to that challenge with a clean interface and a plethora of UI goodies...

Antonio Goncalves is thinking about Java EE 7 – I have a (few) dream(s):

If you haven’t used your RSS feed reader lately, you might have missed that Java EE 7 is starting to kick off : JPA 2.1 (JSR 338) and JAX-RS 2.0 (JSR 339) have been voted, Robert Chinnici has talked about it, some conferences have mentioned it… Java EE 7 will happen and quite quickly (Q4 2012). The main focus is the cloud. I will not talk here about the cloud, I’ll talk about everything else (well, not everything ;o) ...

Matt Raible is Implementing Extensionless URLs with Tapestry, Spring MVC, Struts 2 and JSF:

For the past couple of weeks, I've spent several evening hours implementing extensionless URLs in AppFuse. I've been wanting to do this ever since I wrote about how to do it a few years ago. This article details my experience and will hopefully help others implement this feature in their webapps...

Geertjan Wielenga talks about Multiple Files from a Single Wizard:

The question of the day comes from Børre Lervåg Dalhaug, a Systems Engineer from Offshore Simulator Center in Norway. (Speaking of offshore and Norway, take a look at what Marine Cybernetics in Norway is doing offshore with the NetBeans Platform.) ...


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Join us for a special live conversation with Ajay Patel, Vice President of Product Development for Application Grid Products and Justin Kestelyn, Director of the Oracle Technology Network. Justin and Ajay will discuss the changes that have come to Java and Oracle since the Sun acquisition, just over a year ago...

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