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Van Riper

Michael Van Riper has a Bachelors in Computer Science from MIT. Van has more than 25 years of experience as a software engineer in Silicon Valley. He was a core member of the engineering team at Adobe that built the award winning Adobe PageMill web authoring program. Since 1999, he has focused on developing web applications in Java. He is Chief Web Technologist at Krillion in Mountain View, California. He is also the founder and co-leader of the Silicon Valley Web Developer JUG and the Silicon Valley Google Technology User Group.


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Sentilla Labs: A New Java Community Website

Posted by van_riper on August 24, 2008 at 9:20 PM PDT

Sentilla Labs, a recently launched community website, offers developers a step-by-step guided tour through the project development process, allowing visitors to download code and illustrations and rapidly bring projects to life. Some projects at Sentilla Labs can be created with fewer than 100 lines of code.

Using the Google Collections Library for Java

Posted by van_riper on August 15, 2008 at 11:11 PM PDT

In addition to the JUG that we run, Kevin Nilson and I also run the Silicon Valley Google Technology User Group (SV-GTUG). Sometimes, we have joint meetings like this one where the topic intersects Java Development and Google Technology. Kevin Bourrillion gave this talk at a recent SV-GTUG meeting.

Call for Speakers: Silicon Valley Code Camp 11/8-9/2008

Posted by van_riper on July 6, 2008 at 11:26 PM PDT

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Community Wonderland

Posted by van_riper on June 11, 2008 at 9:53 PM PDT

After seeing the latest updates on Project Wonderland during JavaOne combined with the great memories of hanging out recently at the Community Corner in the Pavilion, I keep thinking about a year round virtual Community Corner implemented using Project Wonderland software on Sun hardware.

JavaOne Day Two - Personal Highlights

Posted by van_riper on May 8, 2008 at 9:36 AM PDT

Helping a high school student get a Sun SPOT from Sun for his school computer club has to be number one. The Java Champions BOF was pretty interesting. I wonder how many people know you don't have to be a Java Champion to attend this BOF. Bob Brewin, the Sun CTO, was taking questions from the Java Champions for the first half of this session.

JavaOne Day One - Personal Highlights

Posted by van_riper on May 7, 2008 at 8:44 AM PDT

Seeing JavaFX applications running on Android. Attending the JavaFX overview session by Christopher Oliver. Seeing Neil Young talk about the project to make his vast archive of musical work available using Java and Blue Ray technologies.

JavaOne Day Zero AKA CommunityOne

Posted by van_riper on May 5, 2008 at 11:33 PM PDT

This year's CommunityOne was definitely an upgrade over last year. I thought it was pretty good last year too. The price/performance (free) was excellent and the turnout was good. My one gripe as a presenter was the lack of internet connectivity for my session.

Speaking of my session, it went well.

The Most Amazing Thing Of All

Posted by van_riper on May 3, 2008 at 4:25 PM PDT

... is I get paid for doing this. I'm not actually paid to run my JUG, but, my company supports my involvement including giving me paid time off to attend the full JavaOne conference each year.

JavaOne is next week and it is going to be so much fun.

Javaâ„¢ User Groups: Think Globally, Act Locally

Posted by van_riper on April 11, 2008 at 7:10 PM PDT

This JUG Community panel session I organized was accepted for CommunityOne. Yes!

Google App Engine: Request Java Runtime

Posted by van_riper on April 9, 2008 at 10:26 PM PDT

I was at the Google Campfire One event on April 7th where Google App Engine was officially launched. The whole thing was recorded. So, you didn't miss anything except for the *cold*. Good thing there were camp fires and hot chocolate.