I asked Mark about some background about Jumping Bean, together with some info about Jumping Bean's interest in the NetBeans Platform. He mentioned that the South Africa National Defence Force work on the NetBeans Platform (described here) has helped in generating NetBeans Platform interest there, artificial intelligence application Maltego too, would be my guess. Mark also sent me the following info:
Jumping Bean started in 2001, as a company focusing on integrating open source components into a holistic business solution. From the beginning we focused on Linux and Java. At that time Java wasn't completely open sourced but we could see that it was inevitable that it would be open sourced at some point.
We thought "what a great value proposition for corporates, an opens source enterprise level language/platform running on an open source enterprise operating system." It's still a bit of an uphill battle because that was what the big boys like IBM and Oracle realised as well, but they left out the cost saving part. Branding is still important.
With the advent of Web 2.0 and the Rich Internet Application (RIA) phenomenon, people started to become more aware that maybe the browser wasn't the only way nor necessarily the best way to deliver applications. Now people are realising that the benefits of the browser, such as easy deployment of client code, operating system independence, and open standards can be retained, but without the issues around poor UI and security.
Currently we are consulting to a company looking at moving their application onto the NetBeans Platform.
So, in short, if you're in South Africa (or one of the countries in that area) and you'd like a NetBeans Platform training, Jumping Bean needs to know about it. Depending on the level and type of interest, NetBeans Platform engineers from Prague, myself, and/or NetBeans Dream Team members such as Toni from Eppleton could be the trainers in delivering the courses, with some free events for the local JUG thrown in.
Write to "mark at jumpingbean dot co dot za" and maybe we'll all meet up in South Africa. :-)