Jaroslav Tulach, Geertjan, me and six other NetBeans developers delivered NetBeans platform training during this Thursday and Friday. It was a very nice experience and I learned quite a bit especially during the first day. I managed to reuse the Lookup API outside of NetBeans platform in a regular Java application and I was surprised how easy it was (once you get the "magical bag" concept :)
Here's a picture from the training - all these guys got a "NetBeans Certified Associate" diploma. Many of the attendees want to continue to the next level of certification, which is also great.
You can visit the course page on edu.netbeans.org for more information about the courses.
We plan to do more platform trainings in Czech republic (it's easy to organize - we don't have to travel far away) but the program will also run globally (e.g. one training is planned on Philippines). For those who will consider attending future trainings, here's a blog entry about the experiences one of the attendees had (Honza also translated his blog entry into English - thanks a lot!).