Hello JUG Leaders & Champions....
I've been busy of late, but I wanted to let you all know that I landed safely with a new job at Adobe. I will be one of their new Community Managers working with several of their user group communities: Flex, Air, ColdFusion, Photoshop User Group(s) + many more.
Officially started today 3/15.
Ran into my old friend Chet Haas in the Adobe SF office last week during team meetings...looking forward to working with that "filthy rich clients" guy again. Special thanks to James Ward who cared enough to mention my name to my new boss @ Adobe... really appreciate that. And then there is Janice Campbell (former NetBeans team), who is also at Adobe working on platform localization and with the community relations... In fact, there are lots of Sun folks here at Adobe....
But, 30+ days after the Great RIF... I just want to thank all of you JUG Leaders, Java Champions, and NetBeans Dream Team... for your comments on my blog, twitter, and facebook made a difference in my future... YOU guys will always have a friend at Adobe, whatever your software politics may be...
My new home will be here....And here is one of their community members--check it out...the Flex Gangsta
(Oh yeah, this is going to be fun!)
P.S. On a sad note, today, I heard that Simon Phipps and Tim Bray have also moved on to new things...wish them both the best of luck... more on the exodus here.
Obrigado, my friends, It is time for me to leave Sun/Oracle. Thanks, to all of the Java Champions, NetBeans Dream Teamers and JUG Leaders who have just been terrific over the last (5) years....You guys are "cool"! Stick together and maintain your connections with each other.
See you on the other side... But, I probably won't be too far away ;-)
JUGs/JC's support Nichole Scott, she's gonna need it, really!
Special Thanks, to Bruno Souza (aka "braziljavaman") for teaching me pretty much everything I know about online communities.
And finally, Special Thanks, to James Gosling and all of the Java Technology Evangelists that I have worked with over the years....(Thanks James, for joining my Facebook account -- Kewl!...and please don't wear a tie)
Viva! Las Vegas!
"This is Houston... signing off..."
ORIGINALLY Posted on December 10, 2009 at 2:21 PM PST (before java.net site was taken down)
Last night, I attended the very first JavaFX JUG meeting in Silicon Valley. SVJAVAFX.org. We has a special guest speaker in Richard Bair who gave an introductory talk on JavaFX. Also, Josh Marinacci happened to be in town from Portland, Or. Stephen Chin plugged Josh into the talk line-up before Richard. Josh commented that he was the "appetizer" before the main course...(i.e. Rich's talk). Josh showed-off his Project MaiTai (an open source tool for building interactive artwork-written in JavaFX) and he also demo'd the Java Store...showed how easy it is to get involved in that and perhaps make a little $$ on the side.
Stephen Chin and Keith Combs are leading this JUG. Hat's off to them. It is not easy to be a JUG Leader, but having a co-leader is a big help. They had a very nice turn-out with 60 folks in the room and 40 more virtually through the live streaming event that they coordinated. Stephen Chin has the video of Richard Bair and the slides up on Parleys.com
(need to have the parleys desktop client loaded to view--or just go to parleys and look for the "spaces" section -- not the "channels" -- spaces)
So, we had quite a few people in the audience, some notable local JUG community leaders: Michael Van Riper (SVWUG), Kevin Nilsson (SVWUG), Aleksander "Sasa" Garganta (San Francisco JUG/Marakana). Some Java community leaders and I took the opportunity to present Kevin Nilsson his "Java Champion" shirt, since he was recently admitted into the Java Champion's community. We also had other notable folks attend this meeting: Stuart Marks (Sun JavaFX team) was in the room + some members from the JavaFX marketing team who invited folks to become a JavaFX partner; details here; and, Jim Weaver (learnjavafx.typepad.com) was watching the event remotely.
Took some photos of the event (I always do). Below is a Picasa Slideshow of the photos... I saw "Sasa" (SFJUG) also taking photos as well, so I will get that info later.
There were some cool prizes given away...probably the most valuable to a Java Developer was the DEVOXX Parley's membership to view all of those presentations; but, there were JavaFX books/eBooks/T-shirts/SunSPOT Developer Kits/and more. Stephen Chin used his JavaFX-based Winning Wheel to giveaway the prizes (the source code is available free:
Lastly, very special thanks to our Google host for the venue + Pizza! And to Michael Van Riper and Kevin Nilsson helping Stephen and Keith put this thing on
... I think it was a very successful, Guys... lots of comments on the meetup.com page. I have a feeling I will be attending more of the Silicon Valley JavaFX meeting(s).
"This is HOUSTON...." -- Here is a collection of voices and quotes from the DEVOXX conference last week...
Well... DEVOXX is over... It was a busy week; and, I had planned to record a 100 voices from DEVOXX... Well it didn't happen...just like at JavaOne.... the events, the technical sessions, BOFs, and the personal time I spend with the JUG Leaders and community leaders all took its toll on my best intentions. However, I did come up with some interesting recordings and my question got into the Java Posse BOF (thanks to Kevin Nilsson SVWUG) -- they will be last on my list compiled below. FYI, some of the speakers are not native english speakers, but I wanted to interview them anyways, because they had a lot of passion for Java. And of course, if there are any corrections, I can be contacted from the JUGs Community Page (look in the right-hand column for an email address to jugprograms)
12/2/09 Couple of Updates already... Aaron
DISCLAIMER: The views and opinions expressed below in this blog are of those of the respondents; I am simply reporting what I have observed at DEVOXX
So, WHAT was the question I was asking people at DEVOXX?
What is your greatest concern for Java?
And Here's the list... with the Quotes, links to the MP3's so you can listen in...and again I apologize if I didn't get your name or info right; just send me an email and I will correct.
Also, Geertjan Wielenga did a similar thing by asking a question at DEVOXX, videotaping the results: "One thing you learned at DEVOXX". That video is over at DZone-Java Lobby and that is also worth checking out...."Thanks Geertjan...."
Also, I want to thank Philip Hickman, in London, for his services as my file hosting services provider while I was in Antwerp...he's got reasonable prices for online file hosting www.file-hosting-online.com...thanks Philip... and I hope the downloads of these recordings won't break your server...