Garden State Java User Group - 2022 Year in Review
As our second full year operating as the newly-branded Garden State Java User Group came to a close, it's time to reflect on what we have accomplished in 2022.
Along with providing awesome speakers and Java-related topics, our continued participation in the Java community included:
- Having renewed our membership in the MicroProfile Working Group as a contributing member.
- Having adopted the new Jakarta Data specification to complement our adoption of Jakarta NoSQL specification. I am also happy to announce that I was elected as a committer for both of these specifications.
- Having joined the Jakarta EE Working Group as a guest member.
- Our participation in the Java in Education initiative.
We will continue our participation in these initiatives in 2023.
We were also fortunate to have been sponsored by these wonderful organizations:
- Platinum Sponsorship: JFrog
- Our Partner: Devnexus
- Silver Sponsorship: Azul
- Per Meeting Sponsors: JetBrains and Jakarta EE for JUGs
- November 2022 Sponsor: AxonIQ
We also welcomed a new advisor: Nicole Krysa, who joined our leadership team in the fourth quarter. We look forward to working with her!
And finally, we had an awesome slate of speakers this past year:
- January 11: Billy Korando presented "Forward with Java 18 and Beyond!"
- February 10: Emily Jiang presented "MicroProfile 4.1, 5.0 and Beyond"
- March 8: Mary Grygleski presented "Event Messaging for the Best of Both Worlds"
- April 5: Venkat Subramaniam presented "Refactoring from Imperative to Functional Style"
- May 10: Bruno Souza presented "Be A Better Java Developer, Learn Faster and Get More Results: It's All About the Skills!"
- June 14: Edson Yanaga presented "Coding That Sparks Joy With Quarkus"
- July 12: Bazlur Rahman presented "Your Java Code in the Fastlane: Creating a Million Virtual Threads Using Project Loom to Improve Throughput"
- September 13: Andres Almiray presented "Getting Started with JReleaser: A Hands-On Workshop"
- October 11: Nicolai Parlog presented "Java Next! From Amber to Loom, from Panama to Valhalla"
- November 8: Lightning Talks by Drew University students (details below) and Allard Buijze presenting "Event-Driven Microservices - Beyond the Fairy Tale"
- December 13: Justin Lee presented "Generate Some Code for Great Good"
The three lightning talks featured:
- Ryan Kulyassa presented “Web Scraping JSON with JSoup and MongoDB”
- Melvin Matias presented “Living on the Edge: Computation Closer to the User”
- Naria Rush presented “Exploring the Metaverse: What It Is and Isn't”
And finally, many thanks to you - the attendees - who have supported the Garden State Java User Group this past year. We look forward to seeing you in 2023!
Happy New Year and Best Regards,