Wednesday Jan 16, 2013

Oracle User Group Leaders' Summit

Several Java User Group (JUG) leaders participated in the Oracle User Group Leaders' Summit this week at Oracle HQ. The International Oracle User Group Community (IOUC) is a community of leaders representing Oracle users groups worldwide. Members include leaders from over 900 Oracle user groups, and leaders from communities focused on Java, MySQL and Solaris. Over 100 User Group leaders came to User Group Leaders' Summit for three days to learn about Oracle products and technologies, provide feedback to product groups, network, share best practices, and enjoy the brisk California weather.

User Group Summit Picture In the dedicated Java track, Oracle Java experts presented the current state and roadmaps for Java SE, JavaFX, Java EE, Java ME, and Java Embedded. Java Evangelist Arun Gupta discussed the features in the upcoming Java EE 7 release. Mike Lehman, Senior Director of Product Management, gave an overview of Oracle's Java Cloud offering and gave a demo.  There were also sessions on Java.net, OTN, and Java Magazine. Throughout the sessions, JUG leaders were encouraged to provide feedback, and they weren't shy! They gave several suggestions about features, processes, and programs.

At the session on the JCP, JCP Executive Committee member and long-time Java community member Bruno Souza spoke about the Adopt a JSR program. "The biggest job in Adopt a JSR is education. Many people say, "I want to help…what's the JCP?"" He said that even small actions can have a big impact, and contributors don't have to be experts. "Just reading a spec can make a difference. The more people who read and comment on a spec, the better it is," Bruno explained. JCP Executive Committee member and leader of the London Java Community (LJC) Ben Evans discussed Adopt OpenJDK [Editor's Note: Stay tuned to this blog for more information about Adopt OpenJDK].

Jim Bethancourt, Houston JUG leader, was at the Summit for the first time. "This has been a great experience," he said, "I've got a lot of good information to take back to my JUG and also my company."  (He has already posted the slides on his JUG's website!) Bert Ertman, leader of the Netherlands JUG, comes to the summit as much for the networking as the sessions. "It's great to spend time with other JUG leaders and share ideas about fostering community growth and participation" he said.

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