Thursday Oct 01, 2015

Experience San Francisco!

By Debbie Omariba  

Looking for a way to discover San Francisco while in town for JavaOne? Take the San Francisco Architecture Walking Tour. The 2.5 hour tour is led by Rick Evans, a local architecture expert. Learn about the historic buildings of San Francisco’s Financial District, while discovering hard to find rooftops gardens, and exploring landmarks. Additionally visit 4 of San Francisco’s Privately Owned Public Open Spaces (POPOS), the downtown area has 68 of them. Some points of interest include: 

  • The Hallidi Building known for it’s transparent glass wall. 
  • The Crown Zellerbach Paper Co first glass building built after the great depression and World War II.
  • The Shell building that was occupied by the Royal Dutch Shell oil company until the 1960s. 
  • The cross street where J-walking (diagonally crossing an intersection) is allowed. 

The tour typically begins either at 11am or 2pm. The tour will begin in the Lobby of the Galleria Park Hotel, 191 Sutter Street@Kearny. Make a reservation online or, call (415) 264-8824 if you are reserving on the same day of the tour.

If you are interested in talking a walking tour of other parts of San Francisco, take a look here. Locals volunteer and offer free (donations welcome) walking tours, be sure to check the schedule. Don't worry about over exercising since San Francisco is 7x7 it’s relatively easy to discover by walking. 

Photo by Regis Vincent

Thursday Sep 24, 2015

JavaOne T-Shirt Design Challenge

Want to design a t-shirt for JavaOne? To celebrate 20 years of Java, we’re inviting you to submit t-shirt designs. The winning design will be one of the available options at the Cross Your Tees experience, taking place all week long during JavaOne 2015 at the Parc 55 San Francisco. Attendees will have the opportunity to choose from four different designs to create their custom shirt, and one of those designs will be our Design Challenge winner. Submit your design by Wednesday: October 7th at 12:00pm! 

Artwork Specifications:

Designs submitted must incorporate the evolution of Java over the last twenty years. Artwork submitted for the t-shirt design must be no longer than 12” w and 14” h and adhere to the following specifications:

• AI File Type

  •  Layers Preserved
  •  Fonts Outlined
  •  White or Blank Artboard
  •  PMS colors (if needed)

• PDF File Type

  •  > 300 dpi
  •  100% scale
  •  Include all font types
  •  White Background
  •  PMS colors (if needed)

Check out the challenge details and official rules. Submit today! 

Tuesday Sep 22, 2015

20 Years of Java: Developer Interviews Part 3

By David Lopez 

This year marks 20 years of Java! To celebrate, we wanted to get a feel for what Java and the Java Community mean to Java Developers, so this year at JavaOne Brazil, we asked them 3 Questions:

What’s your favorite moment as a Java Developer?
What’s your favorite thing about Java?
What do you think the future of Java is?

We recorded over 20 responses, each providing a unique insight into where Java could be heading and where they would like to see it go. Below you’ll find the final video in a 3-part series showcasing how the developers responded to the question: “What do you think the future of Java is?” We got all sorts of great responses, from the future of the IoT in your body to the importance of using tech for good, and of course, keeping the Java Community and User Groups strong seemed to be on everyone’s mind. If you can’t see it below, check it out here.

Friday Sep 04, 2015

Celebrate 20 Years of Java with Pictures

Share your Java pictures for the JavaOne “myMatrix”, a three-dimensional mosaic by media artist Wolf Nkole Helzle. The mosaic will be created from thousands of individual photos. Dig out the pictures you have from past JavaOnes and other Java conferences.  

Our goal is to collect between 2,000-5,000 photos. One of the pictures submitted will be picked to represent 20 Years of Java Innovation. You can expect to see a surprise unveiling of this special art piece at JavaOne!!

The deadline for photo submissions is September 15th.  Please submit photos by this deadline for inclusion

Photo Requirements

  • 1,536 pixel minimum length/width [photo will be cropped to be square]
  • JPEG only
  • Historical Java photos
  • Examples
  • Old/ New Duke images
  • Past Keynotes/ speakers
  • Old / New Java logo
  • Memories from the past Java conferences
  • Anything related to the past 20 years of Java

Upload instructions

  • Go to this link:
  • Click the "Upload" button
  • Press "Ok" at the pop-up window
  • Click the “Select pictures” button
  • Then click “Upload pictures” 

*Please make sure to take a screen grab of your ID number so you can find your pictures later when we share the art with you!

Thursday Sep 03, 2015

20 Years of Java: Developer Interviews Preview

By David Lopez 

This year marks 20 years of Java! To celebrate, we wanted to get a feel for what Java and the Java Community mean to Java Developers, so this year at JavaOne Brazil, we asked them 3 Questions:

  • What’s your favorite moment as a Java Developer?
  • What’s your favorite thing about Java?
  • What do you think the future of Java is?

We recorded over 20 responses, each giving a unique view of what makes Java so great. To showcase these interviews, we’re launching a 3-part series showing how different developers answered each question. Each of the 3 parts will focus on answers given to a different one of the above questions. Embedded below is a preview for this series, featuring Vinicius Senger answering each of the three questions. If it isn’t appearing below, check it out here.

Tuesday Sep 01, 2015

JavaOne Track Highlights: Java Clients and User Interfaces

By David Lopez

The JavaOne 2015 Content Catalog is live. We’ve got hundreds of great sessions covering all things Java related. To help you find exactly what you’re looking for, be it Server-Side Development, Security, or anything in between, the sessions have been placed into tracks. There are 8 tracks at this year’s conference designed to be the ultimate guide to help you stay on top of the latest innovations in Java technologies. This is the seventh post in a series on the tracks being offered at this year’s conference. Last week, we looked at the Java and Server-Side Development track. Today, let’s look at the Java Clients and User Interfaces track and a few featured sessions.

This track is designed to give you the tools and skills you need to make sure your UI is effective as the rest of your application. With all the new ways that we interact with tech, including touch screen devices, user interfaces are no longer an afterthought. Each UI must be carefully planned if you are going to make each device just as user friendly while leveraging the unique benefits of each type of device to the fullest extent. The Java Clients and User Interfaces track will help develop your JavaFX, HTLM5, and JavaScript skills for everything from small, handheld devices to more powerful systems.

On this track, be sure to check out the featured session: “Building Applications with PostgreSQL’s jsonb Datatype, Play 2 Framework, and REST” by Anton Kazakov from Softarex Technologies Inc. This is a Hands-on Lab Session, meaning you’ll walk away with firsthand knowledge. The session was covered in last week’s blog on the Java and Server-Side Development track, so I won’t go into it at length here, but it is a great way to learn a technique for managing difficult class hierarchies and data that would usually require multiple databases. Also on the Java Clients and User Interfaces track is “One Codebase to Rule Them All: Going Mobile wit 2048FX” by Jens Deters and José Pereda. Looking to turn your JavaFX-made desktop game application into a mobile app that can be distributed on the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store? This session will show you how! Using JavaFXPorts, only minor changes are required to take your game and make it mobile. Another great session to look out for will teach you to build a voice user interface (VUI). For information on building a VUI, check out “Speech Recognition in Java” by Breandan Considine from JetBrains, Inc. This session will give you the tools to build a speech recognizer by taking advantage of open source libraries, making it easier to focus on the VUI.
To see more from this track, head over to the Content Catalog and filter by Java Clients and User Interfaces. It’s shaping up to be a great JavaOne 2015. Make sure you don’t miss out on all the latest innovations in Java and the great opportunities to connect with the Java Community. Register  today!

Thursday Aug 20, 2015

Interview with Track Co-Lead Simon Maple

By David Lopez

This week I sat down and spoke with Simon Maple, the Emerging Languages Track Co-Lead at JavaOne 2015. Simon is a developer advocate at ZeroTurnaround, a Java Champion, founder and organizer of the vJUG (Virtual Java User Group), and a featured speaker at this year’s conference. We discussed his experience on the track committee and how JavaOne’s track setup helps attendees find their focus at such a large conference. You’ll also hear about one of his sessions. You can find info on them all here.

When asked about his favorite thing at JavaOne, what he’s really looking forward to, Simon brought up one of the best parts of JavaOne that you’ll rarely see advertised. It’s not the world-class speakers or the scenic San Francisco Bay. It’s the parties! Where else can you bump elbows and have a conversation with so many people that are radically changing the tech world or hosted your favorite vJUG session? Check out the interview embedded below, and if that’s not working, it’s linked here

Don’t forget to register for JavaOne 2015 before the already extended early bird discount ends, and check out the Content Catalog for info on all the great sessions at this year’s JavaOne San Francisco!

Wednesday Aug 19, 2015

JavaOne4Kids: Robots, Minecraft, and Coding

By David Lopez

Much like with language, kids have the ability to absorb and understand the basics of technology amazingly at an early age. Building the next generation of developers, engineers, and tech lovers, JavaOne4Kids is an entire day’s worth of sessions hosted on Saturday October 24th right before JavaOne begins (schedule available here). In order to ensure that the kids have the best time possible and want to come back for more, we try to offer lessons that spark their interest and creativity. These sessions are aimed at children 10-18 years old. There are 21 total sessions being offered over 3 time slots. Technologies covered include: Greenfoot, LEGO Mindstorms, Scratch, Leap Motion, Arduino, Python, NAO Robot, HTML5, JavaScript, Polymer, Raspberry Pi, Scala, Forge 1.8, Tynker, and, of course, Java. 

Each session is designed to reach out to a different age group or interest. For example, the young artists can draw their favorite animals with JavaScript; the gamers can mod Minecraft with Forge 1.8 or build their own game with Java or Scratch and Leap Motion, and robot enthusiasts can play with a NAO Robot. Registration for this event opens in September, but in order to make sure it’s the best that it can possibly be, we are now looking for volunteers to help with the workshops. Sign up to volunteer here. Your time will help inspire the next generation of Java Developers – a great way to give back to and help grow the Java Community.

Tuesday Aug 11, 2015

Last Week to Save Hundreds with the Early Bird Discount!

By David Lopez

Looking to attend JavaOne this fall? Whether you’re looking for the full conference experience or the Discover pass with access to Keynotes and Exhibit Halls, the Early Bird Discount will save you a substantial amount of money on your cost of attendance. We’ve even got a special discount going on for Government Employees (including public universities). Right now, you can save $600 as a government employee, $400 as a full conference attendee, and you can grab a Discover Pass for just $50. But you’d better hurry, as these deals expire at the end of the week on August 16th. 

So talk to your boss (see tips here), your spouse, or yourself, and make plans to attend JavaOne 2015 while this great rate is still in effect. With hundreds of innovative sessions hosted by leaders in the field, JavaOne is the perfect place to sharpen your skills and make connections with other members of the Java Community. And if that’s not enough, JavaOne is hosted in San Francisco, one of the most scenic cities on Earth, and we’re guaranteeing the lowest rates on conference hotels  for a limited time. So check out the content catalog to see what JavaOne has to offer you and register before the Early Bird Discount runs out!

Wednesday Jul 29, 2015

JavaOne Track Highlights: Java and Security

By David Lopez

The JavaOne Content Catalog is live and full of hundreds of great sessions, which, admittedly, can seem a bit overwhelming. With so many sessions, where to start looking? How to really know what JavaOne has to offer? Well, the best place to start is with an understanding of the tracks being offered at this year’s conference. Each one tackles a different side of the Java technologies, and this is the second post in a series explaining the different tracks featured at this year’s JavaOne conference and what they have to offer. Last week, we looked at the Core Java Platform track . Today, let’s look at the Java and Security track and a few featured sessions. 

The Java and Security track focuses on discussing the best policies and practices for keeping Java Technologies secure. Java runs on billions of devices, including desktops and servers, as well as embedded and edge devices, making it an attractive target for attacks. To combat this, the Java and Security track will show you the security tools, coding techniques, and innovative products that can help you stay secure. These sessions will not only give you the tools to manage your security, but will also bring you up to date on what you need to be aware of for your daily work. 

Mario-Leander Reimer, Chief Technologist at QAware GmbH, will be hosting a session on “Secure Java EE Architecture and Programming 101.” His session seeks to demonstrate the potential vulnerabilities in poorly written code, including security vulnerabilities that can arise from only minor errors. Also on the agenda is a discussion of how to safely handle open source libraries. Learn rules and tools for staying secure. 

Also offered on the Java and Security track is “Code-Level Security Games and Puzzles in Java” by Brenton Phillips. Take a fresh look at security by studying and solving Java code-level vulnerability puzzles. You’ll work with the presenter and attendees to solve these puzzles in time. You’ll be able to see a security-focused static source code analyzer in use, and you can bring these puzzles back to your team as a fun way to sharpen your security skills. 

Stay on top of your security at JavaOne with these sessions and more! You can view all sessions on this track by going to the Content Catalog and filtering by the Java and Security Track. And be sure to register today while the Early Bird Discount is still in effect!


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