Friday Oct 17, 2014

Impact JavaOne 2015!

We need your feedback to keep improving JavaOne! Please log-in to Schedule Builder and take the JavaOne Conference Survey as well as completing surveys from the sessions that you attended. The surveys are accessed from the Welcome page in Schedule Builder if you have not taken them already. It will take you only a few minutes to complete and make an impact on your conference experience next year.

See you next year!  

Monday Oct 13, 2014

Get Your NAO Robot... Now!

As a special thanks to Oracle and the attendees of JavaOne 2014, Aldebaran Robotics would like to show it's continued support to  the Java community by offering a 25% discount to anyone interested in purchasing their own NAO   robot for development purposes.

Aldebaran supports a global community of engineers, developers, and others who are interested in exploring the endless possibilities of how robots can be used in the home, workplace, schools, healthcare, etc. The mission of our developer community is to inspire developers to challenge the future of social, emotional and personal robotics; and develop the types of applications that will allow these humanoids to enrich the lives of humans. We look forward to having you in our community.

For eligibility, please qualify yourself as a developer by taking our short developer quiz and then email to James Dietrich with a copy of your registration confirmation email for JavaOne 2014.

Monday Oct 06, 2014

Final Keynotes Reflect Back, Move Forward

By Guest Blogger Timothy Beneke
The final keynotes of JavaOne took place on Thursday, with the Intel, Technical, and Community keynotes. These keynotes cast strong glances both backward and forward at the platform and celebrated new technologies, especially related to the Internet of Things.

Intel Joins OpenJDK
Intel’s Michael Greene, vice president of system technologies and optimization at Intel’s Software and Services Group, took the stage and announced that Intel is joining the Open Java Development Kit (OpenJDK) community and will contribute math library functions that should boost big data analytics performance for machine learning.

Technical Keynote
Mark Reinhold appeared and briefly reprised his Technical keynote. Then Brian Goetz offered a vision of Java extending to Java 9 and beyond that would include value classes. Look to Project Valhalla and Project Panama for more information.

James Gosling Reflects on Java
Next, several Java luminaries—including the father of Java, James Gosling—took questions. After being asked if he regretted null pointers, Gosling quickly replied that he did not because all of the available alternatives at the time were far worse.
Gosling went on to explore why Java did not have generics from the beginning. Bill Joy, Java’s cofounder, wanted to include generics, a source of considerable conflict in 1994, but Gosling insisted that there was an insurmountable problem: Which generics do you use? Dozens of languages with generics already existed, and they all had problems. Gosling stuck to a basic principle he adhered to in creating Java: Never do the wrong thing.
When asked when Java would become obsolete, Gosling confessed that for a decade he has been expecting Java’s demise, but that Java is a kind of organism grounded in the community that is well understood and flexible and has strong staying power.
Later, Gosling reminisced about the origins of Java. “Everyone says that Java is approaching its 20th anniversary, but for me it’s the 25th,” he explained. He said that many Sun engineers were troubled in 1990 by the very primitive processors they saw in much consumer electronics—they thought the world was missing out. They took a long trip to Europe and Asia and studied primitive cell phones, elevators, lighting systems, and other gadgetry, and discovered that electrical engineers were needlessly reinventing old computer science problems. At the time, the internet was solid but not popular. Gosling credited Mike Sheridan, who was a business development person on the team, with inventing Java because he invented the reason for Java.

James Weaver: Java Show-and-Tell
Next, Oracle’s genial Java Technology Ambassador James Weaver took the stage, and reminded attendees that all sessions could be viewed on A parade of talented developers and technologists followed.

Andra Kay, director at Silicon Valley Robotics, said, “By 2020 your household robot will be your house.”

Bruno Maisonnier, CEO at Aldebaran, a world leader in humanoid robots, presented a video showing robots teaching children mathematics in schools, and interacting with customers in stores. Maisonnier said that robots must (1) be cute, so that people enjoy them; (2) interact naturally in their body language and gestures; and (3) be easy to use.

Paul Perrone of Perrone Robotics lamented the 30,000 deaths from auto accidents each year in the United States, and showed a video about his automated vehicle testing system with an advanced braking system that could save lives—a first step toward cars with full autonomy.

Others featured included

  •  Johan Vos of LodgON on JavaFX on the Android
  •  Distinguished Java Champion Adam Bien on Java 8 and Java EE
  •  Jeff Martin of ReportMill Software using Java to teach kids how to program
  •  Alison Derbenwick Miller of Oracle Academy showing a video about how Oracle is spreading programming knowledge around the world
  • Duke’s Choice Award Winners
  • IoT Developer Challenge Winners

The Community keynote was the perfect ending to a great week of information sharing, learning, and community building.

Watch the Community keynote.

Wednesday Oct 01, 2014

NAO Robot at JavaOne

What does the NAO robot from Aldebaran Robotics think about JavaOne? Find out!

Technical, Community, and Intel Keynotes on Thursday

Mark Reinhold and Brian Goetz will kick off the Thursday keynotes. 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.

Please note the following important schedule change for Thursday: The morning keynotes now run from 9 a.m. to 11:25 a.m. at the Marriott Marquis, Salon 7/8/9. JavaOne Sessions will now start at 11:45 a.m. and end at 12:45 p.m. at the Hilton and Parc55. The original schedule resumes at 1 p.m. with the next set of sessions.

The JavaOne Community keynote celebrates the thriving global ecosystem of Java developers and enthusiasts, including more than 275 Java user groups. The Java Community keynote will showcase several Java community luminaries and their bodies of work. Their passion is an inspiration to all of us, and is one of the most important elements in creating the future Java.

The Intel Keynote: Michael Greene, Intel Vice President and general manager of system technologies and optimization, Software and Services Group, will discuss Intel's Java optimization efforts to ensure that cloud software will run best on Intel architecture.

Join us and expect a few surprises to help close out the event.

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, 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: 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.


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