First NetBeans User Group Meeting

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

Thanks for your presentations and also thanks for the NetBeans t-shirt ;o)

I hope that you are able to establish a german community (nice new forum, but php? i thought its a java centric community).

Mostly i hope, that NB 6 will be so good, that i will not fear switching to nb any longer. (Still so many issues ...)

Also i hope that there will be more users on the next nug.

Personally i appreciate that sun started to increase transparency. Its really fine to see whats going on. Im sure that you will be able to perfect the community interaction.

Keep up the good work!

Posted by Bernhard Neuhauser on říjen 17, 2006 at 06:27 odp. CEST #

Thanks for your comments... the forum wasn't created by Sun, but yes that's good feedback ;) Anyway we at Sun are no longer so much Java centric - we like scripting languages, too, because they run on top of the JVM (which is a Good Thing(TM)). Use the best tool which gets your job done, that's what I say. I am also happy for the transparency - without transparency there's no way to create great communities. We want to do some more visits to Germany so see you next time...

Posted by Roumen on říjen 18, 2006 at 12:39 dop. CEST #

Just wanted to say thank youu for your effort establishing the event. It was really nice to see, that Sun cares about the users and the community - they even send their Director to stay with us for the day. So hope to see you next time - and upgrade your NetBeans Puzzlers to a more advanced level - just to challenge the community a bit more ;-)

Posted by Sven Reimers on říjen 18, 2006 at 02:54 dop. CEST #

I'm glad I came, was good to see what others are doing.. and of course your demos for some reason are always good :)

Posted by Emil on říjen 18, 2006 at 08:03 dop. CEST #

Sven, our pleasure, we hope to come soon again to Germany. I can find some harder puzzlers for sure (e.g. maybe some JavaModel-related ones? :). Emil, I think my demos are good because I practice them a lot :) Nice to meet you guys and keep in touch with each other... that's the point of the user group, to bring people together!

Posted by Roumen on říjen 18, 2006 at 08:14 dop. CEST #

Keep the JavaModel ones - wait for the new API ;-)

Posted by Sven Reimers on říjen 18, 2006 at 12:48 odp. CEST #

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