Saturday Sep 27, 2014

JavaOne: It’s for Kids, Too

The next generation of Java developers got a taste of programming and had fun at an all-day Devoxx4Kids event on Saturday, before the official kickoff of JavaOne. At this program, a collaboration between Oracle Academy and Devoxx4Kids, 150 kids, ages 10 to 18, got hands on and had fun with programming, robotics, and engineering. Topics included: Getting Started using Java with Alice, Creating Java Programs with Greenfoot, Lego Mindstorm Programming, Introduction to Python, Minecraft Modding, Raspberry Pi Gaming, Scratch with LeapMotion, Nao Humanoid Robot, and Introduction to Arduino.

The cost of the event was $25 and kids attended four sessions of their choice.

“Teaching children how to program must be a priority in a society where technology is becoming more and more important and Internet usage is also more and more important,” says Daniel de Luca, worldwide manager of the Devoxx4Kids initiative.

Devoxx4Kids started in 2012 in Belgium with programming workshops for kids. The program aims to teach and inspire kids about computer programming while having fun. Since its founding, Devoxx4Kids has shared its curriculum with Java user groups and other organizations around the world.  To date, more than 80 Devoxx4Kids workshops have taken place, with 2,500 participants.

“The kids are all excited . . . they are running around between workshops,” said Arun Gupta, of Devoxx4Kids Bay Area. “Our focus at Devoxx4Kids is to have a fun experience with technology. We need to train our kids in technology, and have them stay engaged in the technology at an early age. If we catch them raw, show them it’s fun, it’s possible, they won’t be scared.”

Tim Gonzales, a 14-year-old participant from San Francisco, attended two morning Python workshops. “It’s been really cool . . . I really liked it,” he said. He plans on pursuing a career in technology. “The door to opportunity is just so open. I just need to find out my passion within technology.” He added that programs such as Devoxx4Kids can help him get where he needs to go.







JavaOne Video Feed: Watch Hacking and Interviews Live

It's time for the brain-stuffing session-overloading, not-enough-sleeping, powered-by-coffee-ing, showing-off-hacking, laugh-inducing, making-new-friending, old-home-weeking, learning new tech-ing JavaOne. The NightHacking stage will be at the Java Hub, JavaOne exhibit hall, Grand Ballroom, Hilton Union Square in San Francisco. If you can't make it to JavaOne, you can get a flavor of this mother-of-all Java conferences on NightHacking.com.

We will provide a feed of hacking and interviews with lights of the Java community. I'll be interviewing people about what's happening with Java: Java SE 8, plans for Java EE 8, and, of course we'll update you about the Internet of Things. Stephen Chin will be hacking with developers and going in-depth with the technology (bring your laptop and try to keep up!). Yolande Poirier will present awards to the winners of the OTN IoT Developer Challenge, who showed what you can do with some sensors, some Java, and some imagination. We'll even have James Gosling, the Father of Java join us to talk about...whatever he wants to talk about. 

Here's the schedule, as we know it today: 

Date Time Topic Guest Interviewer
Monday, Sept. 29 10:30AM - 11:00AM Java EE John Clingan Tori
12:00PM - 12:30PM Award Ceremony (no recording) Yolande
1:30PM - 2:00PM Tori
2:00PM - 2:30PM JVM Languages Jim Laskey - not confirmed yet Stephen
3:00PM- 3:30PM Java ME Alexander Belokrylov & Alexander Mironenko Tori
3:30PM - 4:00PM IoT Benjamin Cabe - not confirmed yet Stephen
Tuesday, Sept 30 10:30AM - 11:00AM Challenge winners Yolande
12:00PM - 12:30PM Challenge winners Yolande
1:30PM - 2:00PM Java ME 8 ProSyst Tori
2:00PM - 2:30PM Charles Nutter - not confirmed yet Stephen
3:30PM - 4:00PM RoboVM Niklas Therning Stephen
Wednesday, Oct. 1
Tori
10:00-10:30 Oracle Academy Alison Miller Tori
11:00AM - 11:30AM Java 8 TBD Tori
12:30PM - 1:00PM JavaOne Automotive Demo Jasper and the Demo Team Stephen
1:00PM - 2:00PM Raffle (no recording) Yolande
2:00PM - 2:30PM Germany JUGs, JavaLand Markus Eisele Stephen
2:30PM - 3:00PM Wave Gliders, Java T-Shirts James Gosling Stephen

This is schedule can change without notice. Check the Master Schedule for details; follow @_NightHacking for updates and reminders.

Join us at the Java Hub or online

Friday Sep 26, 2014

Strategy, Technical and Community Keynotes

Start JavaOne with the Strategy and Technical keynotes to learn about the strategy and roadmaps as well as technical insights. The keynotes will be on Sunday, September 28 from 12:45p.m. to 3:00p.m., at Moscone North, Hall D. If you can't make it to JavaOne, Watch them live online

In Strategy keynote, you will learn how to create the future with Java from leading Oracle experts in the Java development organization. They will showcase how Java is driving developer innovation, revolutionizing application development, and improving application services for IoT, enterprise architectures, and cloud computing.

In the Technical keynote, the architects of Java 8 will give you their insights into this revolutionary release, and start to reveal what is coming in Java 9, Java 10, and beyond.

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Monday Sep 22, 2014

Join NetBeans Community at JavaOne

Geertjan Wielenga is a NetBeans product manager working at Oracle, focused on Java and HTML5 development with NetBeans IDE and the NetBeans Platform. He is a Java technology enthusiast primarily interested in Java desktop technologies—in particular, application development on the NetBeans Platform. Wielenga tweets at @NetBeans and @geertjanw and blogs at https://blogs.oracle.com/geertjan/ 

Q: Tell us about NetBeans Community Day

Wielenga: NetBeans Community Day features the NetBeans community from around the world. Thirty speakers will share their expertise in six panels on popular NetBeans topics. The first theme is about the NetBeans partner activities. On the panel, Anton Arhipov from ZeroTurnaround, Ruslan Synytsky from Jelastic, and Matthew Tahvonen from Vaadim will present their new NetBeans plugins. Bruce Shimel from Boeing will explain the use of NetBeans in their open source community. 

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Friday Sep 19, 2014

Robots, NetBeans IDE, and Raspberry Pi with James Gosling

James Gosling is now chief software architect of the Wave Glider, the flagship product at Liquid Robotics. The Wave Glider is a self-propelled, autonomous marine robot that collects and transmits ocean data. The Wave Glider will be on display exclusively at the Java Hub in the JavaOne exhibit hall during the entire conference. 

Since Gosling started at Liquid Robotics, he has re-architected the onboard software and refined a data-as-a-service cloud to provide direct, real-time access to ocean information. Java, which he invented, has played an increasing role in ocean data transmission and analysis.  

“Being able to debug and profile robots out at sea is a truly life-altering experience,” Gosling explains. He uses a set of tools—consisting of editors, debuggers, and profilers—that are part of the NetBeans IDE. At the JavaOne 2014 NetBeans Community Day, he will present the session “James Gosling, Robots, the Raspberry Pi, and Small Devices” [UGF8907] on Sunday, September 28. He will also present “Debugging and Profiling Robots with James Gosling” [CON6699] on Wednesday, October 1. Geertjan Wielenga, Mark Heckler, José Pereda, Johannes Weigend, Shai Almog and Jens Deters will join him to discuss those two topics. 

Join him as he closes out the JavaOne Community keynote with a fun, historical perspective of the genesis of Java, and a T-shirt toss! The Community Keynote will be held in the Marriott Marquis, Salon 7/8/9, on Thursday, October 2, 2014

Wednesday Sep 17, 2014

Reminder: Geek Bike Ride at JavaOne

The Silicon Valley JUG will host the annual Geek Bike Ride the Saturday before JavaOne. We'll meet at Pier 41 in Fisherman's Wharf and ride across the bridge and down into Sausalito, and then take a ferry back to the city. We are getting an earlier start (9am) so folks can get back for other JavaOne activities. (You'll make it back for sure by 12:00).

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Monday Sep 15, 2014

Get the Latest on GlassFish at JavaOne

Find out the latest on GlassFish and Java EE in two sessions at Sunday’s Oracle Users Forum at JavaOne.

First, the “GlassFish Roadmap and Executive Panel” [UGF9120]  will cover the current status and future roadmap for GlassFish and Java EE. Oracle’s John Clingan, Anil Gaur, and Cameron Purdy will be on hand to answer your questions at this informal session. Come with questions, leave with answers.

That session will be immediately followed by “GlassFish Adoption Story and Deep Dive” [UGF9123] , where you will hear about who is adopting GlassFish and Java EE in real life. Egyptian Java User Group (EGJUG)] Leader Mohamed Taman will share the story of the first-known production deployment of GlassFish 4 and Java EE 7 in a deployment for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the World Food Programme (WFP). This session will also explore the newest cool features in GlassFish, including the extensible GlassFish command-line framework. 

Friday Sep 12, 2014

JavaOne Rockstar Speaker Hendrik Ebbers

In a Java Magazine article, senior Java architect Hendrik Ebbers talks about his JavaOne sessions and JavaOne. "There will be some very cool JavaFX, community, open source and Internet of Things talks this year. The talks are always very professional; I have never experienced a bad one. So don't miss the talks" he explains.   

Hendrik focuses on research and development, Swing, JavaFX, middleware and DevOps. He wrote the book titled "Mastering JavaFX 8 Controls" and will present six JavaOne sessions:   
  • Smart UIs for Mobile and Embedded in JavaFX introduces a new JavaFX theme that is made for embedded devices and will fit perfect in all the cool new Internet of Things and mobile products. 
  • DataFX: From External Data to a UI Flow and Back shows how the different DataFX components make it easy to manage external data by using well-known Java technologies.
  • Enterprise JavaFX, an overview of various best practices for communication between server and client, async background tasks, MVC approaches, and the designing of complex dialogue flows
  • Extreme GUI Makeover.  JavaFX 8, a new UI toolkit, offers a lot of amazing features to help you craft modern-looking and interactive UIs.
  • The JavaFX Community and Ecosystem introduces the JavaFX ecosystem including third-party frameworks and popular knowledge base. It also illustrates the functionality and synergy effects between the libraries with a live coding session. 
  • Test-Driven Development with JavaFX

More about clients and user interface topics here

JavaOne Server-Side Java Track Preview

Java EE 7 has been out for a little over a year, and Java EE 8 planning has begun. With JavaOne fast approaching, I talked with Oracle Java Evangelist David Delabassee to find out what’s going on with Java EE and what’s happening at the JavaOne Server-Side Java track.

What can attendees look forward to at the Server-Side Java track?

There are two big topics: Java EE 7 in real-life deployments and Java EE 8 platform plans.  


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Wednesday Sep 10, 2014

Driverless Cars and Java

Paul Perrone is a regular fixture at JavaOne, and this year's conference is no exception. Perrone, founder and CEO of Perrone Robotics, will give a session called "Automated Vehicle Testing with Java." Perrone will talk about his company's Autonomous Vehicle Test System, developed for the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety (IIHS). The system, written entirely in Java, will be used to independently test the safety of crash-avoidance systems.

“Many of today’s vehicles already have ‘crash-imminent braking’ and other features,” says Perrone. “But up until now, the IIHS hasn’t really had a way to test how well these technologies work in real-world situations with cars traveling at highway speeds.”

Read the full oracle.com story, "Java Takes the Wheel." 
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