Thursday Jul 31, 2014

User Groups at JavaOne

User group leaders from around the world meet once a year at JavaOne. Each year, they organize the Forum meeting the Sunday before JavaOne. Speakers and topics are vetted by community. Anyone attending JavaOne whether they belong to a user group or not are invited to those sessions. Make sure you arrive on time for the Forum on Sunday. It starts at 8:00am at Moscone West. Among the topics this year are NetBeans community and tools, Java EE and Glassfish update, lightning talks about productivity, Java tools for Maven and Java EE, free Java tools and how to teach Java. And you don't want to miss James Gosling. He will present his latest work on the Raspberry Pi, Robots and Small Devices. If you have not registered already.

Register by tomorrow Friday August 1, 2014 and take advantage of the Early Bird rate. It is a US $400 saving on registration!  

Tech Article: Learning Java Programming with BlueJ

When you talk with people about learning to program, and especially learning to program in Java, the BlueJ environment is often mentioned as a good introductory environment to get started. BlueJ is a free Java Development Environment designed for beginners, used by millions worldwide. It is also is an excellent environment in which to gain a good understanding of fundamental principles of object-oriented programming.

Author Micheal Kölling explains "When asked why beginners should not just start by using Eclipse or NetBeans— environments known for their excellent toolset and great functionality—the answer typically points to the great value of BlueJ’s simplicity and interactivity for gaining a thorough understanding of programming principles."

Learn more by reading "Interactive Objects with BlueJ."

BlueJ

Author Michael Kölling is a professor at the School of Computing, University of Kent, in Canterbury, England. His research interests are in the areas of object-oriented systems, software tools, programming languages, computing education, and HCI. He is the author of two Java textbooks and is the lead developer of BlueJ and Greenfoot.

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