Friday Aug 09, 2013

VOTE NOW for Duke's Choice Awards


The 2013 Duke's Choice Award poll is live now at java.net (on the right-hand column). All members of the Java community (that's you!) are encouraged to cast your vote today for the second annual Community Choice award category.  All winners will be announced at JavaOne, via press release and in Java Magazine's September/October issue.

Vote now as the poll will close Monday August 12th. 

Thursday Jul 12, 2012

Duke's Choice Community Choice

The Duke's Choice Awards celebrate extreme innovation in the world of Java technology. For the first time, the Duke's Choice Award program includes a Community Choice winner. Cast your vote today on the java.net poll and decide who wins the first Community Choice distinction.  The poll closes Friday, July 20th.  Vote for an individual, a group or company who show the best in Java innovation.

A 10-year old tradition in the Java community, the Duke's Choice Awards awards are granted to the best and most innovative projects using Java. Winners will be announced in the September/October issue of Java Magazine and showcased at JavaOne, September 30-October 4th. Do your duty and vote!

Wednesday Jun 13, 2012

Duke's Choice Award Nominations Close Friday!

The Duke's Choice Awards celebrate extreme innovation in the world of Java technology. Nominate an individual, a group or company who show the best in Java innovation. Nominate at www.Java.net/dukeschoice. Nominations are open until this Friday, June 15! Nominate using an easy online form.

What can winning a Duke's Choice Award do for you? Let's find out. Last year, Trish Gee, senior developer, and the LMAX Exchange team won a Duke's Choice Award for the LMAX Disruptor. An innovative, multi-threaded, open-source concurrent programming framework, the LMAX Disruptor is designed for high-performance and low-latency transaction processing. LMAX Exchange wants to build the fastest trading platform in the world. We asked her about the impact of winning a Duke's Choice award.

Oracle Technology Network: What was it like to win a Duke's Choice Award?

Gee: It was a big surprise and a really exciting thing to win the Duke's Choice Award! I submitted our nomination thinking that we were doing something interesting in the Java ecosystem, but I expected that we were a bit niche, and a bit too unknown, to win. It was really cool to win, and even more amazing when Oracle folks I spoke to had actually heard of the Disruptor and understood what it was about. In particularly I really enjoyed the awards ceremony at JavaOne and the chance to meet the other award winners. I've met a few of them since at other conferences so it was great to have that in common and to have been introduced in the past.

Oracle Technology Network: What benefits have you gotten from being a "Duke's Choice Award Winner?"

Gee: Other than putting the "Duke's Choice Winner" logo on all our conference slides?? Personally I think it makes people pay attention a little more - at the start of this year there were still lots of people who had never heard of the Disruptor or of LMAX, but when they see an award like that, some of them sit up and start to listen - it's not just any old open source project that's there to sell something.

The biggest benefit that open sourcing the Disruptor has given LMAX is in the recruitment area - since December we've nearly doubled the number of developers in the team. Previously we always found it hard to attract and retain the right sort of talent - London is a great city to be a Java developer in - and since we started talking about the Disruptor we've found good developers seeking us, and other developers we've approached being open to working for our company. Winning the Duke's Choice Award has definitely been a part of this, it lends credibility to what we've done and given us visibility on a global scale.

Oracle Technology Network: How is LMAX project doing today?

Gee: LMAX is doing better than ever - we're smashing the financial targets we've set for ourselves, we have more users than ever, and as I said we're in the process of growing the technology team so we can scale up to the demands from our users and from our business. We're in an interesting stage at the moment, we're getting big enough and successful enough to be growing out of start-up mode, and we've got some interesting challenges as we scale the company, the teams, and the platform.

Oracle Technology Network: What are you up to these days?

Gee: I'm still at LMAX, still coding away as a Real Life Developer. As well as that, JavaOne gave me the push I needed to start presenting at these conferences, so I've presented at a number of international conferences and obviously quite a few London-based ones, mostly talking about the Disruptor. I'll be at JavaOne again this year presenting my "User's Guide to the Disruptor", and I'm on a panel for the London Java Community's presentation on the JCP. The LJC and associated JCP work keeps me nearly as busy as LMAX, so much so that one thing I've not been doing as much of this year is the blogging that got me to this position in the first place. Oh, and I wrote that Disruptor article for Java Magazine!

Read more about Trish in the "Heroes of Java" series by . Her Twitter handle is @Trisha_Gee. Now go nominate someone for the Duke's Choice Awards!

Wednesday May 30, 2012

The Oscar of Java Programming

Why bother nominating a peer, yourself or your company for a Duke's Choice Award? I asked Duke's Choice Award winner Fabiane Nardon, whose team won in 2005 for the Healthcare Information System they created for the Brazilian government, what it was like winning the award and if it had any impact on her career. Here's what she told me:

1) What was it like to win a Duke's Choice Award?

For me it was like winning an Oscar or a Grammy :-) I think that for a Java developer, a Duke's Choice Award is probably the highest award you can get, so it was really an honor. We had an amazing team working on that project and the team really deserved it. We were all very happy when we got that email with the announcement. That moment was one of the most important moments of my career.

2) What benefits have you gotten from being a "Duke's Choice Award Winner?"

I think the most important benefit you get from winning a Duke is the fact that you become known by your peers. This opens many doors, since you are approached by more people, get invitations to speak in more conferences, you meet people with the same technical interests you have and so on. I certainly benefited a lot from it. We were lucky that in 2005, when we got our award, the winners were featured in the JavaOne keynote, with short documentaries produced about each one. So, we could be on the stage and talk a little about the project. We got lots of press at the time. We see  today's winners benefiting a lot from the press coverage.

3) How is the the Brazilian Healthcare Information System project doing today?

Still running and getting new features every year. I'm not involved on the project anymore, but there are good people taking care of it. We opened the code since the beginning, so different cities could use and add features to it. There are many new developers working on that code base right now and I hope they can take the whole system to a new level.

4) What are you up to these days?

I worked in the healthcare field for many years and a few years ago I decided that it was time to move on and take the experience I got designing large scale and mission critical systems to other fields. Since then I have been working with high access internet applications. I also co-founded ToolsCloud, a company that provides a development environment with open source tools in the cloud. We just launched ToolsCloud in USA, so other companies can get the same bundle of tools, hassle free, that several companies are successfully using in Brazil. Besides that, right now I'm personally working on the coolest project I ever worked on. It combines several technical challenges with a good dose of social impact. We should launch it in the second semester and I should keep it as a secret for now. Hopefully it will be useful to many people and disruptive enough to maybe get us a new Duke's Choice Award. Who knows?

Read more about Fabiane in the "Heroes of Java" series by . Her Twitter handle is @FabianeNardon.

The Duke's Choice Awards celebrate extreme innovation in the world of Java technology. Nominate an individual, a group or company who show the best in Java innovation. Nominate via the easy online form at www.Java.net/dukeschoice. Nominations are open until June 15, 2012.

Thursday May 24, 2012

Judges Selected for Duke's Choice Awards

The 2012 Duke's Choice Awards judges have been selected (or coerced), and it is an impressive list of community members:

  • Yara Senger, SouJava
  • John Yeary, Greenville Java Users Group
  • Glen Peterson, JUG member and CTO PlanBase, Inc.
  • Martijn Verburg, London City JUG
  • Justin Kestelyn, OTN
  • Michelle Kovac, Java Marketing & Operations
  • Arun Gupta, Java Evangelist & Glassfish community member
  • Sharat Chander, Java Evangelist team manager

In addition to the nine winners selected by the judging panel, a Community Choice winner will be selected via the java.net polling tool. The Community Choice vote will go live July 1st at java.net.

 A 10-year old tradition in the Java community, the Duke's Choice Awards awards are granted to the best and most innovative projects using Java. The primary judging criteria for this prestigious award is innovation, putting small developer shops on an equal footing with multinational giants. The ten most innovative submissions will be announced in the September/October issue of Java Magazine and showcased at Java One in San Francisco.

The Duke's Choice Awards celebrate extreme innovation in the world of Java technology. Nominate an individual, a group or company who show the best in Java innovation. There are no predetermined categories--it's all about innovation. Nominate via the easy online form at www.Java.net/dukeschoice. Nominations are open until June 15, 2012.

Monday Jul 18, 2011

Java Innovation 2011 Awards Deadline Extended to July 29


Do you have a colleague or know a company who is using Java in an innovative way? Perhaps it's you or your company! Submit an entry for the Java Innovation 2011 awards and get promoted at the world's biggest Java technology event, the JavaOne conference. Following in the tradition of Duke's Choice Awards, these awards celebrate extreme innovation in the world of Java technology and are granted to the best and most innovative projects using the Java platform. The primary judging criteria for this prestigious award is innovation, putting small developer shops on an equal footing with multinational giants. Deadline for nominations has been extended to July 29, 2011 @ 5:00 p.m. PT. Winners get a JavaOne full conference pass, a Duke statue, and their winning implementation will be showcased at JavaOne.

Note: This was originally posted on the JavaOne blog. Follow it to get the latest JavaOne information and announcements.


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