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Trip Report: NetBeans Day Germany 2015 (Part 1)

Geertjan Wielenga
Product Manager

Not long ago, in December 2014, the Oracle office in Munich, Germany, was used for the first time to host a NetBeans Day. It was a big success. At that event, we immediately decided we wanted to have another day just like it and soon! In the meantime, NetBeans Day Netherlands has taken place, while NetBeans Day Greece, NetBeans Day UK, NetBeans Day Belgium, NetBeans Day Poland, and NetBeans Day Sweden are being planned, over the coming months, leading up to the next NetBeans Day at JavaOne later this year, which might be prefaced by a NetBeans Day in San Diego, too! (Missing your country in that list? No worries, contact me if you want help in setting up an event in your part of the world.)

Yesterday was the second Oracle-sponsored NetBeans Day in Germany, i.e., in the same place as where we were in December last year. There were a lot of topics to attend throughout the day, so during the lunch break the room was split into two, so that we were able to run two tracks, both of which were well attended, with a wide range of topics, from HTML5 to Raspberry Pi to Oracle Developer Cloud Service and more.

It was a fun time!

Rock star Adam Bien's view, on one side of the room, was as follows:

This was the whole group before lunch, i.e., before the room was split:

Adam Bien started the day by talking about HTML5 and JavaFX. Using a development build of NetBeans from the day before, he showed several cool new features, such as Gulp support, as well as Nashorn debugging in NetBeans IDE:

Kirk Pepperdine, performance guru and more, talked about the latest features in Java 8, focusing on a range of topics, though not sticking primarily to Lambdas and Streams, as normally happens at Java 8 sessions, for example, this was handy and illuminating:

Dalibor Topic, project manager of the OpenJDK, talked about the current state of OpenJDK and JDK 9, as well as explaining some interesting concepts and processes, such as the Java Enhancement Process:

After lunch (lots of healthy fruit and sandwiches), the room was split and several interesting sessions were held, such as by Jens Deters on Java embedded and the Raspberry Pi:

And Thomas Kruse showed a lot of code in his presentation on AngularJS and NetBeans IDE:

It was pretty cool to see Thomas using the "Dark Look & Feel Themes" plugin while talking about HTML5, i.e., like a lot of (most? all?) JavaScript developers, Thomas likes a dark background in his development tools:

Despite the dark background, the code was clearly visible throughout the room, the font size being enlarged so that those in the back could see it too.

One of the other sessions focused on Duke's Choice award winning "DukeScript", a new technology for creating cross-platform mobile,
 desktop and web applications, which was explained in detail and with code by Toni Epple himself:

Paul and Gail had an excellent session on JavaFX and the NetBeans Platform, half of which you can view right here (the other half was not recorded because the disk was full):

Paul and Gail are from San Diego in the US and are interested in holding a NetBeans Day there, right before JavaOne, that would be great, I think. They also brought two copies of their great heavy new book with them "JavaFX Rich Client Programming on the NetBeans Platform", one of which was won by Stefan Gürtler from Transver in Munich:

Other sessions, of which I have no photos since I was one of the speakers or at a conflicting session, including a session on teaching with NetBeans IDE, mainly by Karsten Sitterberg, about how NetBeans is well suited as a tool for teaching Java. In that context, I introduced the NetBeans Education Community and the NetBeans Teachers Community on Google+. At the same time, Benno Markiewicz, the most prolific NetBeans plugin developer in the world, was explaining to a packed out room how to use the NetBeans APIs and create new plugins similar to the awesome ones he has been making.

I also did a session on the Oracle Developer Cloud Service (ODCS). I went through the features offered by ODCS which is a really comprehensive development platform in the Cloud, including Git, a bug tracker, Hudson, and Wiki. Watch the videos shown during the presentation here.

For those who stayed a bit longer, the day ended with a really nice Greek meal!

Almost forgot to mention one thing because it's such a typical occurrence to me at this stage—I again met a whole bunch of people I had never heard of before using the NetBeans Platform. It continues to surprise me in all the shortsighted "the browser is everything now" assumptions that greenfield projects, i.e., from scratch, are starting up all the time on the Java desktop for all the old reasons, that continue to be true, e.g., cross-platform, reliability, stability, etc, which when coupled with the modularity of the NetBeans Platform, together with its rich set of GUI components and programming techniques, makes for an absolutely killer combination.

It was a really enjoyable day, amazing how much was packed into it, many thanks to all the speakers and attendees! Special thanks to those who came from far, such as Allesandro from AirMosaic in Italy, Michal from Sabre in Poland, and Paul & Gail from the US. The next NetBeans Day, i.e., part 2 of this blog series, will be sometime after JavaOne this year, which will include content from JavaOne. Many thanks to the Oracle office in Munich, especially Peter Doschkinow, for making these events possible.

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Comments ( 2 )
  • Jiří Kovalský Tuesday, March 17, 2015

    What a wonderful event that NetBeans Day is! Thanks for sharing Geertjan.

  • Peter Hidalgo Thursday, March 26, 2015

    Awesome day in munich.

    Thanks for sharing Geertjan!!! I hope you continue sharing as much Netbeans days as you can.

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