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Blog Archive for editor during March 2012

Java User Groups are becoming active in educating the next generation of Java developers. In a post to the JUG Leaders email list, the MoroccoJUG stated that they organized "a new program to give Java EE courses to students in their graduation year (from engineering schools and university..)". They call the program JEMI (Java Education Moroccan Initiative). The curriculum includes:...
In the past I've always publicized the start and end of the JavaOne Call for Papers (CfP) period. But, this year, it has special significance for me -- I'm planning to submit a proposal for a JavaOne session this year! So, with the deadline just two weeks away (11:59 PM Pacific Time on April 9), I'm paying more attention to the JavaOne CfP deadline than ever before. Now that I'm into the...
The Java Nation section of the just published March/April issue of Java Magazine initiates coverage of the 2011-2012 Java Olympics, a competition for university students that's taking place in Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Kazakhstan, and Uzbekistan. The competition is long and grueling, taking place over a period of six months that started this past November. Take a look at these competitors as...
Note to the Java 8 development team (and the JCP): the latest completed Java.net poll indicates that Java developers overwhelmingly advocate the inclusion of JSR 310 in Java 8. Not only did the poll draw a large volume of voting, but the votes were unusually strongly skewed toward one of the six voting options. A total of 891 votes were cast, and three comments were posted as well. The actual...
A recent topic of discussion on the Java.net JUG Leaders mailing list has been how Java User Groups can entice more people who express interest in attending meetings to actually attend the meetings. JUG Indonesia leader Frans Thamura indicated that typically only about 1/3 of the people who sign up for their JUG meetings actually end up attending. Martijn Verburg of the London Java Community...
Prior to last year's JavaOne, I was in contact with Ryan Cuprak, president of the Connecticut Java Users Group (USA). The plan was that we'd get together at some point during JavaOne and chat. As it turned out, once JavaOne started it quickly became a whirlwind for me (and for Ryan, who presented at least 4 sessions at the conference). I was on the way to the airport on the last day of the...
I have a Google Alert that searches for "JUG Java" -- it works pretty well. A few days ago, it pointed me to the Adopt-a-JSR presentation that's now available on Java.net in the Java User Groups JUG Collateral Pack 1_ 2012 folder. The 17-slide presentation is authored by Martijn Verburg and James Gough of the London Java Community ("with lots of extra valuable input" from SouJava). You...
A plurality of voters in a recently completed Java.net poll approve of the new penalties imposed on JCP Executive Committee members who miss consecutive meetings. A total of 214 votes were cast in the poll, with the following results: Under JCP 2.8, EC members lose their voting rights if they miss two consecutive meetings. Your view on this? 38% (82 votes) - It's great - EC members shouldn't...