Wednesday Nov 11, 2009

JFall 2009 Trip Report

Attended and presented at my first NLJUG's JFall conference earlier today.

NLJUG is the Java User Group of Netherlands. It's a non-profit organization that try to get out the maximum out of content sharing with all of its members. An annual subscription to the JUG is 35.50 Euros and allows the members to attend its two annual conferences - JSpring and JFall and also provide a year long subscription to a local Java magazine.

The conference itself started with 200 attendees in 2004 and has grown up to 1250 attendees last year. This year they had to cap the limit at 1000 because of the cost control measures. NLJUG rely upon subscriptions from business partners for funding and in turn profile them within the Dutch community and offer them high-bandwidth networking opportunities at conferences like this. If you are interested in being their partner, send an email to

This year, the selection committee had to review 100+ submissions to pick the top 32 sessions and 2 hands-on-labs sessions. The conference focus has certainly expanded from Java language to the Java platform and had a few talks even on Scala, Android, and HTML 5.

The slides from my "Java EE 6 and GlassFish v3: Paving the path for future" are available below:

Several demos shown (or not because of time shortage) during the talk are available at:

  • TOTD #91: Applying Servlet 3.0 "web-fragment.xml" to Apache Wicket
  • TOTD #101: Applying Servlet 3.0 "web-fragment.xml" to Lift
  • TOTD #95: EJB 3.1 Simplified packaging
  • TOTD #93: Getting started with GlassFish v3 and NetBeans 6.8: Simple Servlet 3.0 + JPA 2.0 app
  • TOTD #94: JSF 2.0 + JPA 2.0 application using GlassFish v3 and NetBeans 6.8
  • TOTD #81: Getting Started with Servlet 3.0 using NetBeans 6.x
  • TOTD #102: Java EE 6 wizards (Servlet 3.0 and EJB 3.1) in Eclipse
  • Session preservation & Deploy-on-save using NetBeans and Eclipse
  • Screencast #26: Deploy, Run, Debug Rails applications using NetBeans and GlassFish

Most of the English-speaking sessions are by Sun speakers so could not attend other sessions that I wanted to.

Here are some pictures from the event:

It was certainly a pleasure to meet Bert Ertman, Klaasjan Tukker, Bert Breeman and other folks involved behind NLJUG and JFall 2009. The complete photo album is available:

Now to Rome for delivering an all-day GlassFish workshop at a partner's location. And then finally home ... phew!

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Tuesday Nov 10, 2009

Running in Bussum, The Netherlands

JFall 2009 is organized in the beautiful city of Bussum, The Netherlands - a 20 minutes train ride from Amsterdam. I checked into the hotel yesterday and, as always, found a good running trail right by the hotel.

Here is the clickable map if you are interested:

It took about 36 minutes to complete this 4.1 miles route because of two reasons. Firstly I was enjoying the landscape, color of fall trees and the typical architecture of homes on the trail. And secondly I kinda got lost and it started becoming dark ...  but anyway managed back to the hotel by asking around.

Even though Dutch is the primary language but everybody (at least every one I talked to) speaks English so language was not an issue :-)

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Thursday Nov 05, 2009

Java EE 6 & GlassFish v3 swimming to Amsterdam - JFall 2009

JFall is the annual conference of NL JUG - the 11 year old JUG of Netherlands. This year its happening on Nov 11 at SPANT!

I'll be speaking on Java EE 6 & GlassFish v3 (14:20 - 15:10) there and have lots of cool demos to show through out the talk. And also stay tuned for a brand new demo that shows JavaFX and GlassFish v3 integration.

With over 1000 attendees, the conference is already sold out so if you have not registered yet then you have to wait until next year :)

Here is the list of several Sun sessions:

Here are the sessions that I'd like to attend:

Most of the sessions are in Dutch so may have to fall back on English speaking sessions :(

Here are some quick data points ...

Also trying to arrange a slot in the local Amsterdam Ruby Meetup to talk about JRuby/Rails/GlassFish, lets see if it works out. Otherwise we might somewhere in the hotel lobby :)

And as always, I'm looking for running trails in Amsterdam & Bussum. Any body interested in running together ?

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