ACGNJ Java Users Group - 2018 Year in Review

The ACGNJ Java Users Group had an excellent year in 2018 surpassing our 2017 accomplishments. We held our usual 11 meetings (summer break in August) and hosted seven (7) well-known Java industry leaders:
  • January 9 - Jason Young presented "Introduction to Java 9."
  • March 19 - Venkat Subramaniam presented "Twelve Ways to Make Your Code Suck Less."
  • April 10 - Ben Evans presented "Gambling with Leopards."
  • May 8 - Chandra Guntur presented "Garbage Collection - The Journey Until Java 11"
  • October 9 - Jeanne Boyarsky presented "Java 11 - Keeping the Java Release Train on the Right Track."
  • November 13 - Reza Rahman presented "What is CQRS+Event Sourcing and Why Java Developers Should Care."
  • December 17 - Chandra Guntur, Donald Raab, Barry and I participated in a Java open-source panel where we shared our own contributions to open-source projects. We also had a remote presentation by Scott Stoll and Nash Ramdial on Flutter, an open-source mobile application development SDK created by Google.
The rest of the year featured presentations by our regular members:
  • February 13 - "Building Java 9 Modules" presented by myself.
  • June 12 - "Demystifying Microservices for Java EE Developers" presented by myself.
  • July 10 - "Yearly Review & Planning Meeting" facilitated by myself.
  • September 11 - "Kotlin 101" presented by Barry Burd.
Other 2018 accomplishments included:
  • membership in the Java EE Guardians.
  • moving the meetings to Drew University.
  • anointing Barry Burd as co-facilitator.
  • purchasing a SSL certificate for the website.
This was indeed an excellent year and I look forward to 2019 as we have the following well-known Java industry leaders confirmed so far.

  • Don Raab
  • Chandra Guntur
  • Gladwin Burboz
  • Matt Raible
  • Heather VanCura

Don will present "Invest in Your Java Kataloque" on January 8, 2019.  I hope to see you there!

Happy New Year and Best Regards,



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