El-Menoufiya and NetBeans IDE

I was at El-Menoufiya University today, which is midway between Cairo and Alexandria, which is where I have been staying for a while (and where I'll be for quite a while longer, scuba diving, learning Arabic, wandering around, etc). The always energetic Hamada Zahera, who is a member of the staff, had set up my presence there via FaceBook contact with Honza Chalupa from NetBeans. That's how it all came about.

Here are the two presentations I did:

  • Productive Web Development with NetBeans IDE (PDF)

  • Productive Desktop Development with NetBeans IDE (PDF)

About 150 students attended, which is a pretty big group. Some general observations: JSF, Struts, Hibernate, and Spring rule there. Wicket and Grails have never been heard of, so I spent a bit of time introducing those. Especially Wicket spoke to the imagination, since no Java developer likes XML, nor JavaScript, and the HTML/Java split is very easy to understand. Also Groovy was unknown, so I showed it in action a bit. My Napkin Look & Feel joky thing worked again ("ah, but now you've created your database Swing app in 3 minutes, so you better make it look bad so your manager doesn't think you're already finished and you can then work on open source projects in the extra time that results"). But the main point of the exercise was to introduce them to JavaFX, which I did (on Linux, thanks to Weiqi Gao), using a simplified version of Gregg Bolinger's space game (well, at least the images), which speaks to the imagination very well. (So, thanks Weiqi and Gregg.)

The day itself was pretty amazing, everything put together. Especially Nader (and Mohannid, who, with Nader, took me on a trip to the Alexandria Library a few days ago) I'd really like to thank for picking me up from my hotel in Alexandria at 7.00 in the morning and accompanying me to El Menoufiya. There I met the local security people as well as some of the professors, before I did my two hours of presentations. Then the trip back by bus during which I met a nice man who is going to help me with my Arabic studies (amazing how many people have offered that help already so far).

I'll put up the many photos that were made soon. They're quite fun, so it's something to look forward to! They look a lot similar to those taken by Hamada and others at a previous event they organized around Fedora that resulted in the cool pics here. Several of the faces in those Fedora pics are now quite familiar to me!

Thanks a lot to all the enthusiastic students who were there, hope you learned something new. Drop me an e-mail anytime (geertjan DOT wielenga AT sun DOT com). And I'm sure I'll be back sometime soon.


You are a very welcome presenter in our faculty.It was a very nice presentation.
Thank you for coming and looking forward to meet you again.

MUFIX Designer
Fourth year student-Computer Science

Posted by Mahmoud Rizk on December 23, 2008 at 04:46 AM PST #

Thanks more Geertjan for this nice Events.really some events like that make us all happy and proud for coming to us.

Thanks again Geertjan you so kind person :)

Hamada Zahera

Posted by Hamada Zahera on December 23, 2008 at 05:11 AM PST #

Good of you to introduce them to Wicket :-)

Posted by Daan on December 23, 2008 at 05:16 AM PST #

you are welcome at your country, Egypt.
we all hope to enjoy your time, and waiting you for my two questions ;) "Calendar & NetBeans Platform"
again enjoy your time and spend happy vacation.
Islam EL-Hosary
MUFIX Community ;

Posted by Islam EL-Hosary on December 23, 2008 at 05:28 AM PST #

Thanx Mr. Greertjan for ur coming

It was a nice day and great presentation

wish u spend happy days in ur second homeland Egupt and return to ur home with good memories

we hope seeing u again

with my best regards,,,

Posted by Hend Shahin on December 23, 2008 at 07:23 AM PST #

First, I would like to thank you for your presence today in MUFIX Community aided repeat visit this year

Second day was very beautiful and students were happy with your love and thank you on behalf of all

We will not forget this day

Ahmed Salem
MUFIX Community Manger ;
Third year student-Computer Science

Posted by Ahmed Salem on December 23, 2008 at 08:18 AM PST #

Thanks mr.greetjan it was a great presentation and a nice lunch :).
I wish u spend happy days in Egypt
and in Arabic if you have any problem in it
contact me :):)

Posted by Basem Elsherbeny on December 23, 2008 at 10:21 AM PST #

Hello Geertjan,

I'm really enjoyed a very nice day seeing you in my beloved faculty, although am graduated 3 years ago, and usually I'm don't visit my faculty in regular basis, I insisted to attend to see you there.

BTW, I'm the .net guy that took the lunch with you..

I loved seeing your writing in Arabic while we were in the restaurant :)

Thank you for coming, wish to see you there again.

Posted by Anwer Matter on December 23, 2008 at 03:22 PM PST #

Well I am not a student anymore, but I would have loved to attend these presentations!

Shame I wasn't able to pick it up before!
Maybe next time

You should probably arrange few presentations with the eglug (www.eglug.org) people at sakiat el sawy or something!

Posted by Ali M. on December 23, 2008 at 03:38 PM PST #

Thanks all for the nice comments! I'll be in Egypt until 17 January. If anyone anywhere in Egypt would like a presentation on something related to NetBeans and Java, please let me know, either here in this blog or at geertjan DOT wielenga AT sun DOT com.

Posted by Geertjan on December 23, 2008 at 04:41 PM PST #

See also this page (make sure to include the hypen at the end of the URL):


Posted by Geertjan on December 23, 2008 at 09:36 PM PST #

Welcome Mr.Geertjan
nice to meet you in Egypt and particularly in our Faculty .
this is a nice day to meet you and talk to you .
this is a great day that we cannot forget it .
we learned about good new technologies and information .
and the presentation are greet Because the information are good but at first you are greet to understand us your presentation and your knowledge .
and finally we would you to attend more and more session in our faculty and have the nice time to meet you again .
Ahmed Shoeib
Mufix Community Oranizers

Posted by ahmed Shoeib on December 24, 2008 at 12:48 AM PST #

Thanks a lot Mr Wielenga for your presence at our humble faculty. Hope you enjoyed your time, because we honestly did, and you are welcome to visit us again anytime, hopefully soon :)

BTW, I LOVED the JavaFX demos, really blew my mind away!!


Ahmed El- Sadek
Department of Computer Science - Third Year
Faculty of Computers and Information

Posted by A. M. Sadek on December 24, 2008 at 02:19 AM PST #

Thanks to you MR.Geertjan for your nice presentation.you relly give is very useful information.we will be very happy if you come to us again.

4th year

Posted by Mahmoud. Abozaid on December 24, 2008 at 06:07 PM PST #

Thank you so much for coming and presenting these nice technologies

it was really great

Posted by Marwa on December 25, 2008 at 12:25 AM PST #

first , I want to thank you very much Mr\\Geertjan for your attend to our modest faculty that welcoming you any time ,

second , thank you very much for the new technologies you present to us, that make me really ,and I already attend to learn JavaFX soon,

Finally I wish tow things ...you enjoy your time at Egypt ,
second ,you would come to our faculty again really we enjoyed alot with you Mr\\Geertjan :)

Posted by Wessam.A.M on December 26, 2008 at 04:33 AM PST #

Well, Greetjan, you know, I'm really like to meet you while you in egypt.

If you not remember me, I'm the one who ask the 5th video of your Series on Dzone,

really like to meet you, and wait your next seminar.

Thanks MUFIX

Posted by Ahmed Gaberr on December 29, 2008 at 02:01 AM PST #

Hello Geertjan,
Is there any video for the 2 hrs?

Posted by Ashraf Fouad on January 05, 2009 at 01:26 PM PST #

my Friend recorded these Session and we can upload this Video later.. but it needs some time to get it from my frien

Posted by Hamada Zahera on January 08, 2009 at 10:24 PM PST #

You can see it at Youtube write MUFIX in search


The following link

MUFIX Manger
\* \*2009\* \*

Posted by ahmed Salem on January 08, 2009 at 10:34 PM PST #

I read your blog on scuba diving. I'm not sure if you know about Divebuddy.com but like an online social network for divers.

Greg, the owner created a way to import your external blog automatically to DiveBuddy. It would add more links back to your blog. Maybe check it out or let me know that you think about it.

Safe Diving

Posted by Becky on February 10, 2009 at 03:03 AM PST #

thanx u.

Posted by sinema izle on March 10, 2009 at 07:09 AM PDT #

very good article thanks

Posted by sinema izle on May 13, 2009 at 09:30 AM PDT #

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Geertjan Wielenga (@geertjanw) is a Principal Product Manager in the Oracle Developer Tools group living & working in Amsterdam. He is a Java technology enthusiast, evangelist, trainer, speaker, and writer. He blogs here daily.

The focus of this blog is mostly on NetBeans (a development tool primarily for Java programmers), with an occasional reference to NetBeans, and sometimes diverging to topics relating to NetBeans. And then there are days when NetBeans is mentioned, just for a change.


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