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Oracle User Group Norway - Spring Seminar The OUGs are not the typical place for Java developers or community managers (namely me) to be. But OUGN has been working hard to build out a decent Java track with very good speakers, and it was a chance to see how the broader Oracle community is working together when it comes to Java. Also, I was in the neighborhood, more or less, and had never been on a cruise ship. The Spring Seminar is another special conference venue. After leaving Phantasialand and JavaLand, this conference is held on a cruise ferry going from Oslo, Norway to Kiel, Germany and back while keynotes, sessions, networking and fun are ongoing. The Venue The M/S Color Magic is a 735 feet long and nearly 115 feet high ferry which can carry up to 2.700 people in it's 1016 cabins, plus 550 cars. It's BIG, and features, shopping, clubs, dancing, shows, and restaurants. Level 12 is the conference deck with rooms of different sizes and some exhibition space, along with a small catering area which holds food and coffee all day. One leg of the trip took over 20 hours, which equaled enough time to fit everything in that the ship had to offer. With roughly 400 conference attendees there was still a significant number of civilians on board, leading to mix of people and faces. The Sessions and Speakers With more than 60 sessions the speaker number is basically the same number as JavaLand, but for half of the number of attendees. This made it more difficult to pick the right schedule. While there was an exclusive feel when it comes to well known names in the Oracle sphere, the sessions were sometimes a little too empty. Having the opportunity to speak to Bryn Llewellyn, Cary Millsep, Kellyn Pot'Vin and many more, and listen to Oracle's Andrew Sutherland (Senior Vice President, Oracle EMEA) in this very closed setting made for a completely new experience for me. The Java Track this year was the second try to bring on more Java interested attendees. Starting with Arun Gupta last year, this year we hade Bruno Borges (Oracle), Aslak Knutsen (Red Hat) and Markus Eisele (Java Champion and ACE Director) as the main acts for the Java track. As I said earlier, some of these sessions were attended by only one or two people, which was the loss of those who didn't participate. It was a very personal way of connecting with popular speakers who are used to speaking in front of larger crowds. Questions were answered on a 1:1 basis, and occasionally prepared sessions were thrown aside in favor of direct coaching. The Oracle product-based schedule wasn't up my alley, but the quality of the names and the talks made a very good impression.Feeling and Mood Honestly, this conference was kind of a party. The enclosed space, mix of conference attendees and civilians, and opportunities to carouse lent itself to a jocular atmosphere. Most of the same faces I saw studiously attending sessions were at the disco later that night, loosening their ties and dancing until dawn. I think in a small conference like this there's more of a bonding experience, even though I found my biggest language gap to date. I met fewer people, but felt I really got to talk to them, and know them professionally and personally. Let's do it again next year! xxx More Resources  
Inaugural JavaLand in Germany It took trains, planes, and automobiles to get there. I had heard Germany ran some great conferences, but JavaLand was promised to be outstanding. Kevin already did an interview with one of the organizers, Markus Eisele, about why JavaLand is different. ( But, I got to see first-hand if they deliver. The main conference took place on 25th and 26th of March in Bruehl, Germany, located near Cologne. The conference claimed to be THE event created by the Java community for the Java community. But what they meant by that became much clearer immediately upon arrival. The German JUG umbrella iJUG e.V. ( was invited by the organizers to contribute in many different ways.The Venue Coming in from a lengthy flight always makes me appreciate getting to the hotel. But anything I typically expected was turned upside down. The venue is a conference center inside a theme park with two theme hotels attached (Africa/Chinese). Everything was exclusively available for the attendees during the two days, and the limited number of rooms let me run into the first speakers and attendees before I'd finished checking in. The conference center inside the main park was the heart of everything. An extensive community hall gave plenty of room for things like hackergarden, nighthacking or adopt-a-jsr sessions. Session rooms were mainly on the first level. with the 4D theater ("Schauspielhaus") and the real theater ("Wintergarten") were used as bigger session rooms. The Schedule and Speakers The schedule contained 65 sessions split over different tracks. It was 95% German-speaking, but offered at least one English-speaking slot for every time of the day. Some of the speakers were internationally known names from Red Hat, Oracle and others. Even if the content was amazing, it was difficult for non-native Germans to follow along with all of it. No recordings of the sessions this year, so all we have is the (overwhelmingly positive) feedback from the attendees and speakers. Java 8 Launch Event At the evening of the 25th, Oracle hosted the official Java 8 launch with Mark Reinhold, Brian Goetz and others. The broadcast made it all the way across the pond to Germany and was streamed live to more than 300 interested attendees via Stephen Chin's website. The special value add-on was the local panel with Gerrit Grunwald, Paul Backer, Simon Maple, David Blevins and Simon Ritter. They took the opportunity to comment on the stream, while telling the attendees about their own thoughts and experiences. The complete recording is available at Feeling and Mood The Community Hall was amazing, plenty of room, tables and chairs, network, powerlines for you to hack, code, work or just hang out with friends. And, can I just mention that the food was AMAZING? The best I've had at any conference, no contest. It was also interesting to see the community hall still full of people once the different rides opened in the evening. There always was an interesting crowd to talk to, and everybody seemed to feel very comfortable. I'll leave you with the impressions from my favorite roller coaster, Black Mamba: Thanks for having me ... xxx More Resources Some video-impressions can be found at youtube and cover interviews from Andrew Lee Rubinger, Simon Ritter, Stephen Chin and others giving first feedback about the conference. Also all nighthacking interviews can be found Two nice picture galleries from Joachim and Alexander give a broader overview about the two amazing days.  

OSCON Nutshell Blog

Posted by tonya_rae_moore Jul 30, 2013
The 15th anniversary of OSCON showed its interest in diversity, and continuing to broaden the market for open source technology. I saw a lot of discussions on how to get people interested, and keep people involved. It was remarkably open to all sorts of ideas on how to keep open source going into the future. I started with Tim Berglund  
Do you know who my current hero is? Jono Bacon. Even for you coders/developers, he's a hand you should shake. He gets community leaders together to think about their community and ways to help it to be better. He helps us to help you, and it's more important than I had realized. CLS was an amazing opportunity for me to listen to and discuss questions on the non-tech side, which helps me to be better at my job. My favorite session of the weekend was Dealing With Negative Feedback, proposed and moderated by Daniel Hinojosa, who is the new CM for SourceForge. We had A LOT to talk about, and through that one session (and many others), I met a group of engaging, fantastic brains, all bursting with ideas and questions of their own. Next is the start of my second OSCON experience.  

JIRA is back! Blog

Posted by tonya_rae_moore May 13, 2013
Hey, everyone, good news! I know a lot of you (and us) were incredibly frustrated by not being able to access JIRA. There was a security issue, so JIRA was locked down until it was resolved. It  

My First OSCON Blog

Posted by tonya_rae_moore Jul 23, 2012