Thursday May 14, 2015

New Java Champion: Mohamed Taman

Congratulations to the new Java Champion Mohamed Taman!

Mohamed is Chief of Architects & Software Development Manager at e-finance, living in Cairo, Egypt. His experience includes Java development in web, mobile, and IoT for industries including financial, banking, tourism, government and healthcare. He worked previously for Pfizer, Intercom, an Enterprise Gold IBM partner, Silicon Expert and Oracle. He has worked with various technologies including front-end, backend, mid-tiers and large-scale system integration.

Mohamed is a Java Community Process member, JSR 377, 363, and 354 expert group member, and the first African and Middle Eastern person to join the executive committe at Java Community Process organization representing Morocco JUG. He helped define Java SE, EE, ME, Embedded standards for the Java ecosystem. Mohamed works on many JSRs especially Java EE 7, 8 umbrella JSRs / Glassfish 4.5 evaluation and testing. 

Mohamed is also extremely active in the JUG community, being a leader and member of Adopt-A-JSR, Adopt-OpenJDK, and FishCAT programs. He is also the founder of the EGJUG JCP group, which are a group of professionals working on the adopt-a-jsr program. All of Mohamed’s work with the JCP culminated in him winning the 2014 Duke's Choice Award and the 11th annual JCP award in 2013 as outstanding adopt-a-JSR participant.

He was a system architect, providing the technology behind the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the World Food Programme (WFP). His work in this project resulted in him being  awarded with the 2014 Duke’s choice award for best architecture. 

He is a frequent speaker at Java/Oracle user groups and worldwide conferences including JavaOne, Devoxx UK 2015, JDC Egypt, Tunis JUG Day, JEEConf, jMaghreb, 33’s Degree, RigaDevDay 2015, DWX 2015 and Mobile Congress Dubai 2015, and VoxxedDays Algeria.

His blog: http://tamanmohamed.blogspot.com
LinkedIn: http://eg.linkedin.com/in/mohamedtaman/
Slide share: http://www.slideshare.net/tamanm
Prezi: https://prezi.com/user/mohamedtaman/

Thursday May 07, 2015

Java Lego Workshop 4 Kids

By Stephen Chin

This past weekend I did a Lego workshop for the local Devoxx4Kids bay area chapter.  There were 35 excited kids from ages 8-14 who had their first taste of programming.  While they expected to simply play with Legos for a few hours, they ended up hacking their first Java code in Eclipse.

The kids did a great job, and all the groups were able to get some basic Java code working on the Lego Mindstorms EV3 platform.  They were using LeJOS, which is a great way to code for and deploy to the Lego intelligent brick using a robust programming language.  Here is a video of one of the completed projects (sorry for my shaky camera work):

And finally the full slide show with build instructions, which can be downloaded from SlideShare:

Tuesday Apr 21, 2015

JavaOne Registration Now Open

The JavaOne conference brings together Java experts and enthusiasts for an exceptional week of learning and networking focused entirely on all things Java. With more than 500 sessions, you will learn from the most innovative and diverse Java content. You can't afford to miss it! October 25-29, 2015, San Francisco. Register now!

With a full conference pass, you get:
Access to more than 500 JavaOne sessions, Birds-of-a-Feather (BOF) sessions and JavaOne Hands-on Labs (HOLs)
Keynote sessions for JavaOne and Oracle OpenWorld
Scene and Be Heard presentations
Java User Group Forum
Exhibition Halls at JavaOne and OpenWorld
 • Access to the Java Hub 
JavaOne Welcome Reception
Oracle Appreciation Event
Specials at the JavaOne and Oracle OpenWorld Bookstores
Access to the It’s a Wrap! party

The call for proposals is open until April 29. If your session is accepted, you will receive a full pass
You will save $600 with the Super Saver rate, if you register before May 31
Register between 5 to 13 attendees and receive a savings of up to 20 percent off the price of each registration. Register 14 or more attendees and receive a savings of up to 28 percent off.
Employees of a national/federal, state, provincial, or local government entity, including public higher education institutions can benefit from government rate

Thursday Apr 09, 2015

Devoxx France and 20 years of Java

In this interview, Antonio Antonio Goncalves talks about the 4th edition of Devoxx France. The keynote speakers this year discusses the next 20 years of Java 

Tuesday Apr 07, 2015

Devoxx France 2015

Taking place this week April 8 to 10 in Paris is Devoxx France, one of five Java developer conferences in Europe. The conference is in English and French and all the sessions will be available on Parleys website a couple of weeks after the conference. 

This year, Oracle is a Platinum sponsor. Check out the Oracle Java sessions:  

Java Mission Control for Earthlings
April 9, 15:10 - 16:00
James Weaver, Consulting Member of Technical Staff, Oracle

Java 9 Plan
April 9, 16:35 – 17:25
Brian Goetz, Java Language Architect, Oracle
Paul Sandoz, Software Developer, Oracle

Java EE 7 Batch Processing in the Real World
April 9, 17:40 - 18:30, Neuilly 252 AB
David Delabassee, Software Evangelist, Oracle

Java 8 EE, A Snapshot Overview
April 9, 17:40 - 18:30, Neuilly 252 AB
David Delabassee, Software Evangelist, Oracle

Java EE Birds of Feather Session
April 9, 20:30 – 21:30, Neuilly 252 AB
David Delabassee, Software Evangelist, Oracle

Domotique et Java, Birds of Feather Session
April 9, 21:30 – 22:30, Paris 202-203 Lab
David Delabassee, Software Evangelist, Oracle

Batch API (JSR 352) Hands-on Lab
April 10, 11:00 – 13:50, Paris 224M-225M Lab
David Delabassee, Software Evangelist, Oracle

Project Jigsaw
April 10, 14:05 – 14:55, Maillot
Paul Sandoz, Software Developer, Oracle

IoT, Java, and Autonomous Drones
April 10, 14:05 – 14:55, Room: Amphi Bleu
James Weaver, Consulting Member of Technical Staff, Oracle

Finally, Security API JSR 375
April 10, 15:10 – 16:00, Room: Paris 241
Alex Kosowski, Principal Member of Technical Staff. Oracle

If you attend the conference, please swing by booth #P04 and chat with Java experts who will be onsite answering questions.

Java Day Tokyo 2015

by Guest Blogger Stephen Chin

Java Day Tokyo is the largest Java conference in Asia with a very long history of supporting the local Java community. We will be live streaming interviews from the conference with noteworthy Java community speakers from Japan. Join the live stream at: http://nighthacking.com/

Java Day Tokyo はアジア地域の中で最も大きなカンファレンスです。今回、日本から Java コミュニティの著名な方々をお招きし会場からインタビューの生ストリーミング配信を行います。ストリーミングはこちらからご覧いただけます。
http://nighthacking.com/

Thursday Apr 02, 2015

JavaLand4Kids Celebrates A Successful Premiere!

14 boys and girls of 3rd and 4th grades discovered that programming is easy during JavaLand4Kids. "For the children it was really a great experience and it was great to see how much fun they had exploring" explained Jörn Diercks, one of the teachers.  

In one workshop, girls and boys learned the programming language "Scratch", which has a graphical user interface. This language uses colored blocks that can be dragged & dropped to program sounds, images, movements and more. This allowed young developers to quickly learn the basics of programming and to develop their first games.

In a "QuadroCopter" workshop, children controlled a drone that was programmed specifically for this event. After they learned the basic commands, they were able to complete many maneuvers. The girls and boys also showed great interest in the electronics kit "TinkerForge". The electronic components can be combined with Legos. 

“From now on, JavaLand4Kids is going to be an integral part of the JavaLand Conference. So, this is a call to arms for my friends and speakers” commented Markus Eisele, who is the one of the organizers of JavaLand.  Visit his blog for more details. Get in touch with Markus if you want to get involved with the next JavaLand4Kids.

Monday Mar 30, 2015

New Java Champion Martin Thompson

Congratulations to the new Java Champion Martin Thompson 

Martin is a consultant, trainer, and coach specializing in designing high-performance and low-latency systems. In the performance space, he has changed expectations about what is possible with Java by showing that Java can compete with and even outperform native applications. His passions include concurrent programming (the Disruptor being one of his creations) and teaching people how to write algorithms that best utilize modern hardware. He started the Mechanical Sympathy blog and forum, a popular forum of high-performance systems to get guidance for understanding the implications of running their code on modern hardware and for producing code that works in harmony with hardware to be significantly more efficient and robust. Follow Martin on Twitter @mjpt777

Martin is a very active open source contributor. He wrote the initial release of LMAX  Disruptor, an inter thread event processing framework, which won the Duke Choice Award. He also contributed to Aeron, a high throughput, and low latency message transport, surpass native C/C++ implementations by the top commercial vendors in the financial trading space. He contributed to SBE, a message codec that is typically 20X faster than Google Protobufs. 

Martin is a frequent presenter at global conferences. His techniques in high-performance application development have become a standard in every low latency industry and have influenced millions in finance, gaming, and everywhere that high-performance is required.

Monday Mar 23, 2015

Two Live Streaming Java Sessions from vJUG

The vJUG, a virtual Java user group, presents live streaming technical sessions about topics related to Java, JVM, Java EE, Internet of Things and more. Organized by Mani Sarkar and Simon Maple from the London Java Community, their aim is to get the greatest minds and speakers of the Java industry to give talks and presentations in the form of webinars and live streaming from JUG meetups.

First session: How is Java/JVM built?  Tuesday, March 24, 2015 at 14:45 UTC, 15:45 in Germany, 10:45am in New York, 7:45am in San Francisco, and 22:45 in Beijing

Mani Sarkar and Daniel Bryant will give an overview of the Adopt OpenJDK program. They’ll explain why developers should get involved, how to participate, and how front-end developers can take advantage of the Adopt OpenJDK. Watch the session live at http://nighthacking.com/event/javaland-2015/

Second session: What's coming in Java.Next? Wednesday, March 25, 2015 at 14:45 UTC, 15:45 in Germany, 10:45am in New York, 7:45am in San Francisco, and 22:45 in Beijing

Learn from Heather VanCura how you can take part in Java technology by Adopting a JSR. This session give a brief overview of the Adopt-a-JSR program. Andres Almiray will discuss JSR 377, Desktop|Embedded Application API; Anatole Tresch will discuss JSR 354, Money & Currency API; and Ed Burns will discuss the two JSRs he is currently leading, JSR 369, Java Servlet 4.0 Specification and JSR 372, JavaServer Faces (JSF 2.3) Specification.

Two sessions are scheduled for next week. They are live from the JavaLand Conference in Germany, in partnership with the Nighthacking community.  You can watch them online at http://nighthacking.com/event/javaland-2015/  

Sunday Mar 22, 2015

Minecraft Modding Course at Elementary School - Teach Java to Kids

By Guest Blogger Arun Gupta

Cross posted from weblogs.java.net/blog/arungupta/archive/2015/03/22/minecraft-modding-course-elementary-school-teach-java-kids

Exactly two years ago, I wrote a blog on Introducing Kids to Java Programming using Minecraft. Since then, Devoxx4Kids has delivered numerous Minecraft Modding workshops all around the world. The workshop material is all publicly accessible at bit.ly/d4k-minecraft. In these workshops, we teach attendees, typically 8 - 16 years of age, how to create Minecraft Mods. Given the excitement around Minecraft in this age range, these workshops are typically sold out very quickly.

One of the parents from our workshops in the San Francisco Bay Area asked us to deliver a 8-week course on Minecraft modding at their local public school. As an athlete, I'm always looking for new challenges and break the rhythm. This felt like a good option, and so the game was on!

My son has been playing the game, and modding, for quite some time and helped me create the mods easily. We've also finished authoring our upcoming O'Reilly book on Minecraft Modding using Forge so had a decent idea on what needs to be done for these workshops.

Minecraft Modding Workshop Material

All the workshop material is available at bit.ly/d4k-minecraft.

Getting Started with Minecraft Modding using Forge shows the basic installation steps.

These classes were taught from 7:30am - 7:45am, before start of the school. Given the nature of workshop, the enthusiasm and concentration in the kids was just amazing.


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