Monday Mar 02, 2015

New Java Champion: Sven Reimers

Congratulations to the new Java Champion Sven Reimers!

Sven is based near Lake Constance in Germany, and works as a systems engineer at Airbus Defence and Space. He has more than 15 years of experience building complex software systems, and more than 14 years experience with Java. In 2009, Sven was the winner of the Duke's Choice Award in the Network Solutions category for ND SatCom Satellite Communication Management Software.

Besides his day job, his contributions to NetBeans got him elected to the NetBeans Dream Team in 2008. He is a community leader for NetBeans, a founder of the Java User Group in Bodensee and a contributor to OpenJFX. Sven has been very active as a public speaker at multiple conferences, events, JUGs all over the world. e.g. JavaOne (SF/Brasil), SvJUG, JayDay, NetBeans Days, JFokus, and JCrete.

He is an active contributor and participant at the Hackergarten events. In the interview below, Heather VanCura interviews Sven and Andres Almiray at Devoxx 2014 

Java Champions are an exclusive group of passionate Java technology and community leaders who are community-nominated and selected under a project sponsored by Oracle. Learn more about Java Champions.

Monday Sep 29, 2014

Duke High Five

Watch as Duke delights JavaOne attendees who lined before the JavaOne keynotes on Sunday. 

Friday Jun 20, 2014

Submit Nominations for Duke's Choice Awards

The Duke's Choice Awards are nominated by members of the Java community and recognize compelling uses of Java technology or community involvement. Anyone in the Java community may submit a nomination. Innovation is the main consideration. Submit nominations at through July 11th.

Winners will be announced at JavaOne San Francisco.  In addition to the Duke's Choice Award statue, each winner will receive a full JavaOne SF conference pass and recognition in Java Magazine, Java Source blog, and OTN Java Developer Newsletter.

View winners from previous years 

Monday Aug 26, 2013

New Duke Personality: Scientist Duke

Duke is the official mascot of Java technology. Each year, Oracle releases a new Duke personality. This year we offer "Scientist Duke." Much like a genius developer would with Java technologies, Scientist Duke is engaged in developing, mixing, testing the latest ingredients to create the greatest formula/product/innovation ever. 

Last year, Adventure Duke was off on a mission of adventure and discovery to find the latest Java wonders around the world.  2011 unveiled Future Tech Duke, moving Java forward into new technology and platform arenas. In 2010 it was Surfing Duke, who tagged along for the ride at the Java Road Trip: Code to Coast. In 2006, Duke was officially "open sourced” under a BSD license. Developers and designers were encouraged to play around with Duke and for the first time had access to Duke’s graphical specifications through a project at

You'll be able to have your picture taken with a living, life-size Duke at the JavaOne developer conference in San Francisco. Also, I heard that Duke can't wait for JavaOne and may be visiting some coffee shops in the Bay Area in the next few weeks!

If you don't know the history, back in the early days of Java development, the Green Project team created its first working demo—an interactive handheld home entertainment controller called the Star7. At the heart of the animated touch-screen user interface was a cartoon character named Duke (think clippy but better!). You can learn more at

Thursday Jun 30, 2011

Future Tech Duke

Do you like the new Duke? Have you gotten the new Duke screensaver yet? Follow @java or Like I <3 Java on Facebook and get the latest 3D, animated "Future Tech Duke" screensaver.  

If you haven't already, register now to watch the global July 7 Java 7 community celebration and learn more about Java moving forward. We are looking for questions from the community to be asked during the panel Q & A. Enter your questions as a comment here, or tweet it with #java7.

There's lots of great content being created for Java 7: technical articles, videos, updated web pages (can you say "layer cake?"), T-shirts, presentations, and there will be lots of Java 7 content in the new Java Magazine.

See you at the Java 7 celebration event! Duke will be there!

Monday Jun 06, 2011

Duke's Choice Awards Open for Nominations

Duke's Choice Awards are now open for nominations!  For the ninth year running, we are looking for most compelling implementations of Java technology.  Duke's Choice Awards are part of the Oracle Excellence Awards, Java Innovation 2011 program. Winners get a Duke statue, a free JavaOne full conference pass, and their winning implementation will be showcased at JavaOne. Winners are announced at JavaOne.  Deadline for submission is Friday, July 22, 2011 @ 5:00 p.m. PT.

Duke Awards

This is an opportunity for the individual developer to be on equal footing with large corporations in delivering  the most compelling implementation of Java technology.  Innovation is the only criteria.  We are excited about unveiling the 10 most interesting examples of Java at the 2011 JavaOne conference. Java innovators, show us what you've got! Submit your nomination today!


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