Monday Sep 29, 2014

Duke High Five

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

Sunday Sep 28, 2014

User Group Sunday Kicks Things Off

By Guest Blogger Bob Larsen, Java.net Editor

JavaOne officially started today with User Group Sunday, and, as usual, gave a strong showing out of the gate with some tremendous sessions.  

User Group Sunday sessions targeted both current and future Java User Group leaders, including “Starting a JUGgernaut: How to Start and Rapidly Grow Your JUG”  and “Tools for the Day-to-Day of JUG Management.”  

There was also a wide selection of technical sessions including introductions to new features released in Java 8, demonstrations of exciting ways Java is currently being used, and panel sessions that allowed attendees to have their questions answered by the rock stars of the Java community.

User Group Sunday took place concurrently with Netbeans Day.  Community members shared the interesting and myriad ways in which they are using both the Netbeans IDE and the Netbeans platform.  They also shared tricks and tools to help make Java developers more productive and even to teach the next generation of Java developers.

Perhaps the most alarming announcement came when Juggy, the Java Finch, unveiled a prototype RoboJuggy, which is controlled by a Raspberry Pi running Java, of course.  Juggy plans to build an army of RoboJuggies to “spread Java everywhere through world domination.”  Community leaders have opened diplomatic negotiations with Juggy to deescalate the situation.

2014 Duke's Choice Award Winners

In this, the 12th year of the Duke’s Choice Awards, we are proud to recognize 12 winners for their innovative uses of Java. The 2014 winners are an eclectic bunch of developers, innovators, and educators. Some are using the Java platform to address real-world challenges to improve road and air safety, assist refugees, and increase grain crop quality and quantity to help feed the hungry. Others are promoting Java in home automation and game development, solving important technical issues, educating Africa’s Java community, and hoping to resolve a longstanding community debate.

The 2014 Duke’s Choice Award winners are

  • Air Traffic Controller Selection System, TUBITAK BILGEM Informatics and Information Security Research Center. This computer-based testing system is used to help select and vet air traffic controllers.
  • Apache DeltaSpike, Apache Software Foundation (Community Choice Award winner). With this developer toolbox for Java Contexts and Dependency Injection for the Java EE 6 platform, developers can introduce and test new features in Java EE before they are standardized.
  • Apache TomEE, Apache Software Foundation. The TomEE server merges a certified Java EE 6 Web Profile stack with Tomcat, the leading Java web application server by market share.
  • Autonomous Vehicle Test System, Perrone Robotics for the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). Perrone Robotics worked with the IIHS to develop this Java-based system to test crash avoidance systems.
  • DukeScript, Eppleton IT Consulting and the NetBeans project. This alternative to Swing, SWT, and JavaFX runs on Android and iOS and enables true cross-platform Java.
  • IBFieldbook, International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center. This application helps design field trials and generate crop analysis and enhancement solutions.
  • JavaFXPorts, LodgON (Community Choice Award winner). This open source toolkit makes graphically rich Java and JavaFX available to mobile and tablet devices running iOS and Android operating systems.
  • JCertif International. Since its founding in 2010, this organization has trained 5,000 Java developers across Africa.
  • libGDX. Programmers can use this cross-platform game development framework to write, test, and debug Java games.
  • PiDome. This home automation and Internet of Things (IoT) platform marries Java and the Raspberry Pi.
  • Project JEDI, Java Education & Development Initiative (Community Choice Award winner). This community-driven organization provides free courseware and training on Java and open source technologies to colleges and universities around the world.
  • WFP Subsidy Card, e-finance for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and the World Food Programme. Based on Java smartcard technology, this card helps refugees get food through secure-card wallets.

Congratulations to all the winners. Read more about them in the latest issue of Java Magazine and celebrate with the winners at the Duke's Café Open House at JavaOne on Sunday at 7 p.m.

Java Magazine: What Will You Build Today?

When was the last time you built something, just for the fun of it? Maybe it was yesterday, and that’s great. But if it’s been a while, we hope the latest issue of Java Magazine will inspire you. It celebrates the spirit of making and the people who are creating new and innovative technologies and services.

In our interview with Dale Dougherty, Make: magazine founder and Maker Faire cocreator, we explore what’s behind the growing Maker Movement and how it relates to software development.

We also recognize the winners of the 2014 Duke’s Choice Awards, which honor compelling and innovative uses of Java technology. These winning makers help ensure safer travel, feed hungry refugees, improve crop yields, provide cool technology, and aim to end a decade-long debate in the Java community.

And we're excited to recognize the winners of the first-ever IoT Developer Challenge, who used embedded Java with computer boards and other devices and IoT technologies to showcase innovations in domotics, robotics, office design, authentication, and rating systems.

Read the latest issue of Java Magazine today.

Java: Twenty Years of Innovation

2015 marks Java technology’s 20th year, and we’re starting the celebration early at JavaOne San Francisco. Show your Java pride: Get special commemorative items in the JavaOne and Oracle OpenWorld stores, including T-shirts and pilsner mugs. Plus, we dug through the JavaOne T-shirt archives and have produced a limited-edition classic JavaOne T-shirt. Don’t miss your chance to grab one at the JavaOne Community keynote on Thursday at 9 a.m.

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.







Friday Sep 26, 2014

Java IoT Demo Showcase: Hands-On Java Powered Devices of All Sizes

By Guest Blogger Eric Renaud

Join us and discover the power of Java Embedded technologies through hands-on demonstrations with Java experts from Oracle and the Java Community. Included will be examples of Java SE Embedded, Java ME Embedded and Java Card technologies; Each of these Java technologies will be running on accessible development platforms such as the Raspberry Pi.

The NAO Humanoid robot, capable of human interaction, that leverages Java APIs to understand and interpret the data received by its sensors, then act on that input to respond as programmed by the developer.

Also on display will be the Liquid Robotics Wave Glider! The Wave Glider is a self-propelling, autonomous marine robot running Java SE Embedded that collects and transmits ocean data from a fully ruggedized enclosure with a hybrid power and propulsion system. It uses both wave-powered and stored solar energy to navigate challenging ocean conditions (doldrums, high currents, and hurricanes/cyclones). James Gosling will be at JavaOne, speaking about the robots, the Wave Glider, Java and more! Be sure to drop by and see all the exciting hands-on demos at our Showcase in the Java Hub!  

And don’t forget to download the JavaOne Mobile App for an easy means to keep up on the latest happenings during JavaOne.
 The application can be found on iTunes or 
Google Play.


Meet the Oracle Certification Experts at JavaOne 2014

Don’t miss daily activities at the Java Hub, located in the Exhibition Hall of the Hilton Hotel. Get your Java Certification questions answered, meet Oracle Press authors and enter to win great prizes. Join the Java Hub Scavenger Hunt to receive an OTN t-shirt and enter to win other giveaways. Finally, remember to pick up your 20% discount for Kaplan SelfTest practice tests. 

Meet the Experts Sessions: Monday, September 29 – Wednesday, October 1, 11:30am-2:30pm
Oracle Press Drawing: Wednesday, October 1 at 1:00pm
OTN Scavenger Hunt: Monday, September 29 – Wednesday, October 1
Kaplan SelfTest Discounts: Monday, September 29 – Wednesday, October 1
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Thursday Sep 25, 2014

Java Champions Speaking at JavaOne 2014

The Java Champions are an exclusive group of passionate Java technology and community leaders, nominated by community. These JavaOne rockstar speakers share their kow-how in all the JavaOne tracks including client, core Java platform, Internet of Things, JVM languages, security, tools, server-side, cloud and methodology. Check out their sessions:

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Meet the Java EE 8 Experts at JavaOne

By Guess Blogger David Delabasse

During JavaOne, you will have many occasions to discuss with different Java EE Specification Leads or other key Java EE staff:

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