First NetBeans User Group Meeting
By Roman Strobl on X 17, 2006
Today we had the very first meeting of the NetBeans user group in Munich, Germany. Geertjan already beat me by writing a very extensive write-up. So go check it out first :)
Here are my comments - I would like to thank to Sven Reimers, Helmut Rodeus and Walter Kiel for their presentations. It is very exciting to hear people from the community talking about NetBeans especially when they do cool stuff such as Sven (a findbugs plug-in, building a Software Quality Environment on top of NetBeans) and Helmut and Walter (teaching with NetBeans, writing a book about Java+NetBeans and localizing NetBeans). So thanks a lot for your presentations, it is great to see NetBeans community members talking so much enthusiasticly about NetBeans!
This was a pilot NetBeans user group meeting for us - and I think this concept works well. What's nice about the NetBeans user group is that it brings together people who are very knowledgable about NetBeans and they share the enthusiasm and want to give back to the community. The Munich NUG will meet again in Munich, approximately in a year (we should plan better to do it during Octoberfest next time ;) I think we should start many such NetBeans user groups around the world and support local NetBeans communities.
The greatest thing about the NUG is that people who share common interest (NetBeans) can meet and discuss all the cool stuff they're doing. According to the feedback I got today this is very valuable. If you attended the NUG meeting, I'd love to know your comments - what do you think went well and what went not so well, so that we can make it even better next time.
Thanks Stefan for the picture (we forgot about Geertjan - doh!)
Geertjan with beer and Stefan