Posted by jbob
on April 25, 2005 at 1:42 PM PDT
Like I really needed an excuse to go to Ft. Lauderdale! Impressive turnout - especially for a Saturday.
This past Saturday, April 23rd, I attended the 2nd annual Tech Galaxy event on the campus of NOVA Southeastern University in Davie, FL (Ft. Lauderdale, for all you non-Floridians). Tech Galaxy was formed by the founders of the South Florida Java Users Group (SOFLOJUG ), and the founder of the Florida Linux User xChange (FLUX ).
I believe there were about 250 registered attendees, which is not bad for a Saturday. If you've seen how beautiful the weather has been in Florida lately, you'd realize that you need a really good reason so stay indoors on a weekend.
I gave a 45 minute session on Sun's new Java Studio Creator tool and was pleasantly surprised at the attendance. My talk was basically a tour/demo of the product and thankfully Murphys' Law stayed home. There was a lot of interaction and what I found most notable was the broad range of developer types that expressed an interest in Creator. There were accomplished J2EE developers, as well as Java newbies, and even a bunch of .NET developers in the room that seemed very impressed with Creator.
I'll be blogging more on Creator in the near future, as I also seem to have gotten hooked. It's a really cool tool and the "Java Studio Creator Field Guide" , by Gail and Paul Anderson is an extremely useful companion book. More on that in a later blog.
This was the second Event that I attended and spoke at for the South Florida JUG and both have been rewarding. I have a lot of respect for Jeanette Lawrence for what she's done with the SOFLOJUG and especially in putting together Tech Galaxy for the South Florida technology community.
If you're a Java developer in South Florida, you should definitely look up Jeanette and the SOFLOJUG and if you're in town next year, I'll see you at Tech Galaxy 2006.
Thanks for reading.