Frans Thamura, Java Champion and leader of JUG Indonesia, has announced on the Java.net Java User Groups JUG-Leaders email list that he is working on a national Java competition for students in Indonesia (the fourth most populous nation in the world)...
Frans Thamura , Java Champion and leader of JUG Indonesia , has announced on the Java.net Java User Groups  JUG-Leaders email list that he is working on a national Java competition for students in Indonesia (the fourth most populous  nation in the world). As the London Java Community's Martijn Verburg  stated in reply, this is a fantastic idea!
In recent issues of Java Magazine  I've been covering the Java Olympics that are taking place in Russia and nearby countries. That competition is for university students, with the winner gaining free attendance at the Moscow JavaOne next year.
If you've seen my articles about the Java Olympics in Java Magazine, you know how intense and exciting programming competitions can be. To have a new national competition in the fourth most populous nation in the world will be excellent! Who needs "American Idol" (a popular United States singing competition) or the Kentucky Derby, Preakness, and Belmont Stakes (the most major United States horse racing sequence) when you can actually watch software engineers compete in real time!?
I told Oracle's Alexander Belokrylov, who organized the Java Olympics, that I hope to be able to attend the second Java Olympics. Now I think I'm going to have to try to attend Indonesia's first competition as well! Hey, I may strive to become a globe-trotting Java competition reporter (if someone will pay me to do that, that is). These competitions are exciting, believe me (if you've never followed one).
Anyway, I wish Frans the best of luck in organizing Indonesia's new national Java competition!
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