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  • November 23, 2015

NetBeans at Java User Group Cologne

Geertjan Wielenga
Product Manager

I had a great time at the Java User Group Cologne tonight, presenting the best and latest features of NetBeans IDE 8.1, followed by Michael Mueller, who talked about Java 8, lambdas, and streams, as described here.

Pretty big turnout, as can be seen below. 

I demonstrated the new and cool features in NetBeans IDE 8.1, including Maven, Java EE, JavaScript, Oracle JET, and Node.js. The title of the session was „Free Open Source Tools for Maven, HTML5, IoT, and Java EE“, in which attendees learned about the latest enhancements and cool features of the free, open-source NetBeans IDE, used around the world, from engineers at Boeing and NASA to Java architects and original founders such as James Gosling himself.

Here's me in action: 

I also talked about and demoed the new Oracle JavaScript Extension Toolkit (JET), which I really think is a pretty cool solution for JavaScript development needs. 

During Michael's talk, he introduced his book-in-progress "Java Lambdas und (parallel) Streams", currently only available in German, shown below. I was really impressed by the structured way in which he presented the problem statements around lambdas and streams and gradually built up his argument.

It was a great evening. A copy of "Beginning NetBeans IDE for Java Developers" was given away, and the 30% discount for the e-book via Apress (valid until end of November!) was also promoted.

I enjoyed the evening, there were many questions and discussions, and Cologne is a great place to visit. 

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