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Garden State Java User Group - 2020 Year in Review

 The Garden State Java User Group has been through an interesting year.  Having started out the year as the ACGNJ Java Users Group, the new leadership team started the transition during the summer to officially kick-off the newly rebranded group on October 1, 2020.  We finalized our incorporation as a 501(c)(3) non-profit in early November. This hasn't stopped us from providing high-quality topics with well-known Java luminaries: February 13 - Mark Heckler presented "Game of Streams: How to Tame and Get the Most from your Messaging Platforms." May 14 - Dierk K├Ânig presented "Purely Functional Programming on the JVM with Frege." October 5 - Josh Long presented "Bootiful Testing." November 4 - Heather VanCura presented "Java Community Participation and Collaboration in 2020." December 8 - Pratik Patel presented "Data Science on the JVM with Kotlin and Zeppelin." The rest of the year featured presentations by myself on Quarkus, M

Introducing the Garden State Java User Group

After almost 20 years of operating as the ACGNJ Java Users Group, I am happy to introduce the newly-rebranded Garden State Java User Group  (GSJUG), Inc.  This group will continue in the tradition that has been practiced since the beginning - provide high-quality Java education to the community. As the founder of the ACGNJ Java Users Group, I am happy to introduce the GSJUG leadership: Mike Redlich (that's me) - founder and named director in October 2020. Barry Burd - first joined in May 2003, named vice-chair in April 2014, co-facilitator in February 2018 and director in October 2020. Chandra Guntur - first joined in March 2018 and named director in October 2020. Paul Syers - first joined in April 2006 and named director in 2020. How did we get here? Let's quickly explore the timeline: January 2001: The ACGNJ Board of Directors approved the creation of the Java Users Group set for the second Friday of the month. February 9, 2001: The inaugural Java Users Group meeting wa