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.