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JMaghreb 2012 Trip Report

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JMaghreb is the
inaugural Java conference organized by href="http://moroccojug.org/">Morocco JUG. It is the biggest
Java conference in Maghreb
(5 countries in North West Africa).



Oracle was the exclusive platinum sponsor with several others. The
registrations had to be closed at 1412 for the free conference and
several folks were already on the waiting list. Rabat with 531
registrations and Casablanca with 426 were the top cities. Some
statistics ...
  • 850+ attendees over 2 days, 500+ every day

  • 30 sessions were delivered by 18 speakers from 10 different
    countries

  • 10 sessions in French and 20 in English
    • 6 of the speakers spoke at JavaOne 2012
    • 8 will be at Devoxx
  • Attendees from 5 different countries and 57 cities in Morocco

  • 40.9% qualified them as professional and rest as students
  • Topics ranged from HTML5, Java EE 7, ADF, JavaFX, MySQL, JCP,
    Vaadin, Android, Community, JCP
  • Java EE 6 hands-on lab was sold out within 7 minutes and
    JavaFX in 12 minutes

I gave the keynote along with Simon Ritter which was basically a
recap of the href="http://medianetwork.oracle.com/video/player/1871687106001">Strategy
and href="http://medianetwork.oracle.com/video/player/1871712019001">Technical
keynotes presented at href="http://www.oracle.com/javaone/index.html">JavaOne 2012.
An informal survey during the keynote showed the following numbers:
  • 25% using NetBeans, 90% on Eclipse, 3 on JDeveloper, 1 on
    IntelliJ
  • About 10 subscribers to free online href="http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/java/javamagazine/index.html">Java
    magazine. This digital magazine is a comprehensive source
    of information for everything Java - href="http://oracle-sub.halldata.com/Jfnew?pk=NALOTN">subscribe
    for free!!

  • About 10-15% using Java SE 7. href="http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/java/javase/downloads/index.html">Download
    JDK 7 and get started today! Even href="http://jdk8.java.net/download.html">JDK 8 builds
    have been available for a while now.


My second talk explained the core concepts of WebSocket and how href="http://jcp.org/en/jsr/detail?id=356">JSR 356 is
providing a standard API to build WebSocket-driven applications in
Java EE 7. href="https://blogs.oracle.com/arungupta/entry/websocket_applications_using_java_jsr">TOTD
#183 explains how you can easily get started with WebSocket in
href="https://wikis.oracle.com/display/GlassFish/PlanForGlassFish4.0">GlassFish
4. The complete slide deck is available:

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Next day started with a community keynote by Sonya Barry. Some of us
live the life of JCP, JSR, EG, EC, RI, etc every day, but not every
body is. To address that, Sonya prepared an excellent introductory
presentation providing an explanation of these terms and how
java.net infrastructure supports Java development.



The registration for the lab showed there is a definite demand for
these technologies in this part of the world. I delivered the Java
EE 6 hands-on lab to a packed room of about 120 attendees. Most of
the attendees were able to progress and follow the href="http://bit.ly/glassfish-javaee6-hol">lab instructions.
Some of the attendees did not have a laptop but were taking
extensive notes on paper notepads. Several attendees were already
using Java EE 6 in their projects and typically they are the ones
asking deep dive questions. Also gave out three copies of my
recently released href="http://www.amazon.com/Java-EE-6-Pocket-Guide/dp/144933668X/">Java
EE 6 Pocket Guide and new href="https://blogs.oracle.com/theaquarium/entry/glassfish_t_shirt_at_javaone">GlassFish
t-shirts. Definitely feels happy to coach ~120 more Java
developers learn standards-based enterprise Java programming.



I also participated in a JCP BoF along with Werner, Sonya, and Badr.
Adotp-a-JSR, java.net infrastructure, how to file a JSR, what is an
RI, and other similar topics were discussed in a candid manner.



You can follow @JMaghrebConf
or check out their facebook
page
. java.net published a timely href="http://weblogs.java.net/blog/editor/archive/2012/11/04/javanet-javaone-2012-conversations-badr-el-houari">conversation
with Badr El Houari - the fearless leader of the Morocco JUG
team. Did you know that Morocco JUG stood for JCP EC elections (ADD
LINK) ? Even though they did not get elected but did fairly well.



Now some sample tweets from href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23jmaghreb&src=typd">#JMaghreb
...



#JMaghreb is over. Impressive for a first edition! Thanks
@badrelhouari and all the @MoroccoJUG team !


Since you @speakjava : System.out.println("Thank you so much
dear Tech Evangelist ! The JavaFX was pretty amazing !!! ");
#JMaghreb


@YounesVendetta @arungupta @JMaghrebConf Right ! hope he
will be back to morocco again and again .. :)


@Alji_ @arungupta @JMaghrebConf That dude is a genius ;) Put
it on your wall :p


@arungupta rocking Java EE 6 at @JMaghrebConf #Java #JavaEE
#JMaghreb http://t.co/isl0Iq5p


@sonyabarry you are an awesome speaker ;-)

#JMaghreb rich more than 550 attendees in day one. Expecting
more tomorrow!


ongratulations @badrelhouari the organisation was great! The
talks were pretty interesting, and the turnout was surprising at
#JMaghreb!


#JMaghreb is truly awesome... The speakers are unbelievable
!


#JavaFX... Just amazing #JMaghreb

Charmed by the talk about #javaFX ( nodes architecture, MVC,
Lazy loading, binding... ) gotta start using it intead of SWT.
#JMaghreb


JavaFX is killing JFreeChart. It supports Charts a lot of
kind of them ... #JMaghreb


The british man is back #JMaghreb I do like him!!

#JMaghreb @arungupta rocking @JMaghrebConf.
pic.twitter.com/CNohA3PE


@arungupta Great talk about the future of Java EE (JEE 7
& JEE 8) Thank you. #JMaghreb


JEE7 more mooore power , leeess less code !! #JMaghreb

They are simplifying the existing API for Java Message
Service 2.0 #JMaghreb good to know , the more the code is
simplified the better !


The Glassdoor guy #arungupta is doing it RIGHT ! #JMaghreb

Great presentation of The Future of the Java Platform: Java
EE 7, Java SE 8 & Beyond #jMaghreb


@arungupta is a great Guy apparently #JMaghreb





On a personal front, the hotel (Soiftel Jardin des Roses) was pretty
nice and the location was perfect. There was a 1.8 mile loop dirt
trail right next to it so I managed to squeeze some runs before my href="http://www.runcim.org/">upcoming marathon. Also enjoyed
some great Moroccan cuisine - href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Couscous">Couscous, href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tajine">Tajine, mint tea,
and moroccan salad. Visit to href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kasbah_of_the_Udayas">Kasbah of
the Udayas, href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hassan_II_Mosque">Hassan II
(one of the href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_largest_mosques">tallest
mosque in the world), and eating in a restaurant in a kasbah
are some of the exciting local experiences.



Now some pictures from the event (and around the city) ...






































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And the complete album:



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Many thanks to Badr, Faisal, and rest of the team for organizing a
great conference. They are already thinking about how to improve the
content, logisitics, and flow for the next year. I'm certainly
looking forward to JMaghreb 2.0 :-)

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Comments ( 1 )
  • guest Monday, November 5, 2012

    "25% using NetBeans, 90% on Eclipse, 3 on JDeveloper, 1 on IntelliJ."

    Hmmm....


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