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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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Android Talk by Dick Wall in Silicon Valley on February 6th

Posted by van_riper on January 17, 2008 at 7:28 PM PST

There is a new user group in Silicon Valley and it is not a JUG. It is a GTUG (Google Technology User Group). The Silicon Valley GTUG meets on the first Wednesday of the month at the GooglePlex in Mountain View, California.

Java User Groups International Map

Posted by van_riper on January 14, 2008 at 10:00 PM PST

With the help of several other JUG Leaders, I have put together a world map of Java User Group (JUG) locations. It is setup as a KML map file that can be loaded into Google Maps or Google Earth.

CommunityOne 2008: Call For Participation

Posted by van_riper on December 7, 2007 at 12:30 AM PST

If you missed CommunityOne 2007, it was a great/free one day event on the day just prior to the start of JavaOne 2007 in San Francisco. Plus, you could get a free one day exhibition pass to JavaOne just by attending CommunityOne.

Sun Developer Network (SDN): New Home Page

Posted by van_riper on November 10, 2007 at 3:56 PM PST

This was much more than just a redesign of the SDN home page. The SDN content team joined with the .SUN organization, and Sun's software marketing organization to create a model that will continue to evolve to meet the needs of both Sun's traditional developer base and new developers moving forward.

Silicon Valley Java Developers Unite!

Posted by van_riper on October 22, 2007 at 8:12 PM PDT

See my earlier blog entry about Silicon Valley Code Camp for the background material. At this point, the sessions are finalized down to the times and locations for each talk. I personally made sure that the Java sessions were all scheduled on Saturday, October 27th.

Seam Presentation by Gavin King on October 16th

Posted by van_riper on October 8, 2007 at 10:02 PM PDT

Gavin King will be speaking about Web Beans at the Silicon Valley Web Developer JUG meeting on October 16th.

Silicon Valley CodeCamp on October 27-28

Posted by van_riper on September 17, 2007 at 10:57 PM PDT

So, you might be wondering, what is a code camp, and what does it cost? Well, it's completely free and completely staffed by volunteers.

2007 Rich Web Experience: Up Close and Personal

Posted by van_riper on September 9, 2007 at 10:51 PM PDT

There were about 300 people in attendance at this conference. There were about 40 people presenting during this three day event. With the communal meals and an attendee/speaker ratio on the order of 8 to 1, there was ample opportunity for attendees to have in-depth conversations with the speakers that you don't normally see at most other conferences.

2007 Rich Web Experience on September 6-8

Posted by van_riper on August 7, 2007 at 5:22 PM PDT

The No Fluff Just Stuff symposium series has announced the 2007 Rich Web Experience coming September 6-8 to San Jose, California. RWE 2007 will cover all of the hot areas of interest in the web space today: JavaScript, Ajax, CSS, Flex, Design, etc....

BarCampBlock in Palo Alto on August 18-19

Posted by van_riper on August 3, 2007 at 10:45 PM PDT

BarCampEarth (formerly BarCampWorldwide) is a simultaneous compendium of Barcamps around the world to commemorate the anniversary of the first-ever BarCamp. This year's event will take place Aug 17-19 around the world.