Thursday Dec 05, 2013

Video: Arun Gupta and Java EE

In this video, Arun Gupta chats with Tori Wieldt about his new role in the Java community, his Devoxx University session and lab, his session on Java API for Websocket, the adoption of Java EE 7, and more.


Tuesday Nov 26, 2013

Brian Goetz Offers a View Into Lambda Development

After delivering the Devoxx keynote, Java Chief Language Architect Brian Goetz talks to OTN.  He takes on the question of why lambda expressions took so long to implement and how lambdas will impact developers.  

Thursday Nov 14, 2013

Video: Richard Bair on Java and the Internet of Things, Lambdas and more

Richard Bair, Client Java Architect, discusses Java and the Internet of Things, JavaFX, Lambdas and more. Video, from the Devoxx conference:

Wednesday Jul 03, 2013

Devoxx Belgium - CFP Closes On July 5th

The biggest Java conference in Europe is taking place in Antwerp, Belgium from November 11 to 15, 2013. The conference is designed by developers for developers and attracts renowned international speakers.

The review committee looks for passionate speakers who are technically knowledgeable and not afraid to speak in front of a full room of Devoxxians.

The speakers can increase CFP acceptance rate by submitting one or more talks for Tools in Action, Quickie, BOF, University session, Conference and Hands On Labs sessions.

Thursday Apr 04, 2013

Golo – A Lightweight Dynamic Language for the JVM

Julien Ponge, who, in addition to being a Java developer and a professor, also writes technical articles for both otn/java and Java Magazine, has created Golo, a simple, dynamic, weakly-typed open source language that favors the explicit over the implicit. Developers can pick it up in a manner of hours, not days. Responses to its recent release at Devoxx have been favorable.

Built from day 1 with invokedynamic, and currently in beta, Golo takes advantage of the latest advances of the JVM. It is also a showcase on how to build a language runtime with invokedynamic.

The Golo Programming Guide is located here.

Julien is an Associate Professor (Maître de Conférences) in Computer Science and Engineering at INSA-Lyon in France, plus an R&D Computer Scientist at the CITI / INRIA laboratory. Learn more about him here.

Tuesday Apr 02, 2013

Devoxx France Plays to a Full House!

Devoxx France started with the return of the Grrrail from Devoxx UK by le papa (the father) of Devoxx Stephan Janssen. As he announced to great acclaim during the keynote, the Devoxx 2013 sessions will be freely available on Parleys. He also received applause for his demo of the new Html5 version. 

The conference was sold out again this year with 1,480 attendees, which is 250 more than last year.  The conference was packed with Java related tracks touching on the web, architecture, Java technologies and infrastructure to name a few. The labs, quickies, conference sessions, tools in action catered to the ever-evolving needs of developers.

The sessions about Java EE 7, JavaFX and Java SE were all well-received with more attendees than available seating. The upcoming Java EE 7 generated a lot interest and especially for Websocket and standardized batch processing.  Oracle was a European partner; a premium sponsor for the 3 Devoxx conferences: London, Paris and Moscow.

The Devoxx France team did a fantastic job of managing the following parallel activities, in addition to the packed conference. They included a CTO track, a day on DevOps methodology, coding days and competitions. Developers coded for an afternoon to win the code competition. They also coded, created documentation, fixed bugs for open source projects in the Hackergarden.  Devops Mercenaries tackled multiple versions of native packages and the use of Kanban approach to prioritize in an all day event. CTOs and CEOs came to the decision maker afternoon to learn and share their cloud strategies in enterprise. 

6 to 14 year olds attended Programatoo, a programming workshop for a day during the conference. They learned to program with Lego windstorms. According to Nicolas Martignole, co-founder of Devoxx France, Programatoo was Devoxx's best investment for the future.As he announced to great acclaim during the keynote, the Devoxx 2013 sessions are freely available on Parleys. He also received applause for his demo of the new Html5 version. 

Wednesday Mar 27, 2013

Devoxx UK Highlights

The London Java community really put on a smashing first Java conference that was coloured with local flavour. The conference began on a keynote of patriotic fun as the national anthem was played as a picture of the Queen was displayed with the quote: "One likes to code". The participants stood politely, but did not sing.

The title of the keynote was "The Programmer" and was all about the act of programming, insights into who programmers are and tips to get better at it. Kevlin Henney received applause and cheers when he stated: "We didn't get into programming because we wanted to deliver business value. That's what we say during interviews." His knowledgeable presentation backed up with research was spot on and it's worth any developer's time to watch the replay on Parleys.

Oh, and do "mind the gap" between the train and platform as we are admonished nonstop by the station minders. As well, Mind the Geek, the clever tagline of the conference. But, if I don't mind the geek, what do I risk? Broken code, twisted error messages, suffering a memory leak or worse, I'm sure. Let us all mind our inner geeks, then?

With Devoxx UK, the number of Devoxxians will reach 5,500 across Europe this year. The hands-on labs, talks, quickies, birds-of-a-feather and bash run from 9:30am to 10:00pm in the spacious business design center with its mezzanine. 75 speakers talked in 50 sessions in 7 tracks about cloud, Java SE, methodologies, Java EE, web & big data, new languages on the JVM, and future Devoxx.

As if you didn't know, the French have already got a Holy Grail, and so refused to assist King Arthur and his Kiniggits in their quest. That was then, now the Brits borrowed the Grail from the French for the two-day conference and will return it for the beginning of Devoxx France starting tomorrow. 

Sunday Mar 24, 2013

Devoxx U.K. and France Coming Up!

The two spring Java developer conferences are taking place in two European capitals, London and Paris this week. Devoxx UK is on Tuesday and Wednesday, March 26 and 27 in London and Devoxx France is in on Thursday and Friday, March 28 and 29 in Paris. Devoxx France is sold out, but you can still join us in London. Register right away!

Oracle experts are giving a number of sessions about the future of Java technologies:
  • Arun Gupta and David Delabassee, Getting started with WebSocket and server sent events using Java
  • Attila Szegedi, project Nashorn
  • Milton Smith, securing the future with Java
  • Simon Ritter, 55 new features in Java SE 8
  • Angela Caicedo, beyond Beauty: JavaFX, parallax, touch, gyroscopes and much more
  • Simon Ritter and Steven Chin, the Mocha Rapberry Pi Lab
  • Angela Caicedo, opening the hidden door: JavaFX deployment everywhere
  • Patrick Curran and Heather Vancura, JCP & Adopt-a-JSR workshop
  • Patrick Curran and Heather Vancura, How to participate in the future of Java
  • Arun Gupta, teaching Java to a 10 year old

Come by the Oracle booth to talk to Oracle experts and staff members, hang out and win Raspberry Pis. Experts will demo Java SE, JavaFX, Java EE, Java ME and Embedded. Open seating area is available for anyone to hang out, meeting fellow developers and network. We will raffle Raspberry Pis (RPis) at the end of every day. At Devoxx UK, winners of 4 RPis will be announced at 7pm on Tuesday and at 3:45pm on Wednesday. At Devoxx France, winners of 3 RPis will be announced every day at 4:45pm.

Thursday Mar 07, 2013

OpenJDK Test Fest and Devoxx UK

The London Java user group is organizing the first Test Fest on March 23rd in London with the collaboration of Oracle and IBM. "Contributors to OpenJDK need to be confident that their changes are sound and do not cause problems elsewhere." explains event host Martijn Verburg. Many test cases are already available but each application has different characteristics, environment and other attributes. The goal is to provide a larger and more comprehensive series of tests for Open JDK. 

If you cannot attend this event, the organizers and some of the guest presenters from Oracle and IBM - among them Oracle engineer Stuart Marks - will be at Devoxx UK starting Monday evening until Thursday (from March 25th until the 27th). Stuart Marks will present a Bird-of-a-Feather (BoF) session about "the testing of OpenJDK" on Tuesday, March 26th at 8:00pm and Martijn Verburg will talk about OpenJDK Hack Session Tuesday evening at 8:00pm and 9:00pm. Don't forget to register for Devoxx UK!

Additional online resources: Collaborate with the OpenJDK Quality team Online information FAQ


Thursday Feb 28, 2013

Java Tsunami on the Thames

London prepares for a surge of developer brainpower during the Devoxx UK conference on Tuesday and Wednesday, March 26th and 27th. Meet & Greet, global Java community, and Hackergarten are nice add-ons. Don't miss it - Register today

The fun really starts on Monday evening with an attendee Meet & Greet where attendees can relax, grab a drink and something to eat and, of course, meet fellow attendees and the speakers. 

In addition to U.K speakers, many international guests are scheduled, notably from the US. Twenty-eight user groups from across Europe are attending too. A veritable army of experts will be on hand to share their expertise with Devoxx attendees.  

Hackergarten takes place during the conference. There's no time limit; participants can stay and code for as long as they want. Just bring a laptop and write a plugin, a tutorial, a small feature, or a bug fix for a project that interests you alongside several open-source experts willing to share their knowledge. The organizers of two community projects called Adopt-a-JSR and Adopt Open JDK will be there to explain how to contribute to the future Java releases. 

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