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