Welcome!

Java IoT Authors: AppDynamics Blog, Liz McMillan, Pat Romanski, Craig Lowell, Akhil Sahai

Related Topics: Java IoT

Java IoT: Article

Our JUGs Need a Push-Up

Our JUGs Need a Push-Up

It's been almost 10 years since enthusiasts around the world started to form small local communities called Java Users Groups (JUGs). They gather once in a while after work to network, listen to a presentation on some new Java technology or JSR, and talk about what's hot and what's not.

I'm a member of two JUGs: New York City (takes place at Sun Microsystems' office, invites well-known speakers, offers free food and gives away trinkets like plastic water containers and T-shirts) and New Jersey (a room with a projector in a small township's rescue squad, no food, and the speakers are Java junkies like you and me). Although they have such different sponsors, both groups meet religiously once a month and their leaders deserve credits for this part-time job that does not offer any monetary rewards.

Sun Microsystems maintains a Web site http://java.sun.com/jugs/ devoted to JUGs around the world. And you can find a JUG list at https://jugs.dev.java.net/. But I decided to do my own little Google research and here's my personal take on the state of the JUGs. I looked for JUGs that have a real place to meet, not pure Internet forums.

North America: USA is a clear winner. There are dozens of groups, and there are JUGs that meet on a regular basis in New York City, San Diego, Silicon Valley, Dallas and Philadelphia.

Europe: London and Saint Petersburg are real and active.

South America: Go, Brazil, go! It has multiple JUGs. Even though football and Samba are still more popular there, Java is catching up.

Asia: Small Hong Kong represents almost half the earth's population. What happened to India and mainland China?

Australia: Wake up, guys! You're not really that far from the rest of the world!

I found some interesting PowerPoint slides and code samples from past presentations on the Web sites of these JUGs.

Why JUGs Are Good for You
For Java programmers: A great way to keep up with new Java technologies. It also gives you a chance to network with your peers, which always helps in getting a job.

For business: Instead of paying head-hunters hefty finder fees every time you need to hire a Java developer, create a home for your local JUG by letting them use one of your conference rooms one evening a month. The return on this small investment will be phenomenal: whenever you need a Java person, post your job requirements to the JUG's mailing list.

For students: JUGs give you a chance to learn what's happening in the real business world and maybe find an internship or summer job.

For headhunters: Your local JUG may give you an access to a pool of Java developers. But you should contribute too: speak periodically on the status of the Java job market in your geographical area. Such sessions are pretty popular with developers. Here's a tip for you. Headhunters can create new JUGs and breed Java programmers for themselves.

For authors: It's a good way to promote your books. Don't be shy though; always give away a free copy of your book.

How to Start a New JUG
If you can't find a local JUG on Sun's web site, no worry. Create one by following these steps.

  1. Start a new group using a free service from Yahoo at groups.yahoo.com. It'll take you less that 15 minutes to set up a place online where all members of your group can post messages (moderated, if needed), upload files, schedule meetings, and vote. I've been using this service for years and it works like charm.
  2. Compile a list of all the Java developers you know and invite them to join this new group. In the same invitation ask them if they know of any firm, college, or a place of worship that may be willing to host your once-a-month meeting.
  3. Talk to the human resources department where you work, explain the potential benefits to them and ask for a conference room.
  4. Pick up an interesting Java technology and prepare the first presentation.
  5. Create a simple Web site for your new Java group that will contain information on your future and past presentations, a link to the Yahoo group you've created, and directions to where you're meeting next.
  6. If you know of any Java authors, enterprise architects, or business technical leaders in your area, invite them to speak in your group. You'll be surprised, but most of them will accept your invitation and do it for free.
Even if you don't have any distinguished software engineers in your area, many programmers have worked on some interesting projects and technologies and can rattle off a short case study. Here's another idea that will keep your new group busy for a year: take the famous Pet Store application and ask the members to create and present 12 different versions of it using various Java technologies.

As the old saying goes, "If there's a will, there is a way." The JUG movement needs a little push and it's a good opportunity for you to make a difference.

More Stories By Yakov Fain

Yakov Fain is a Java Champion and a co-founder of the IT consultancy Farata Systems and the product company SuranceBay. He wrote a thousand blogs (http://yakovfain.com) and several books about software development. Yakov authored and co-authored such books as "Angular 2 Development with TypeScript", "Java 24-Hour Trainer", and "Enterprise Web Development". His Twitter tag is @yfain

Comments (3) View Comments

Share your thoughts on this story.

Add your comment
You must be signed in to add a comment. Sign-in | Register

In accordance with our Comment Policy, we encourage comments that are on topic, relevant and to-the-point. We will remove comments that include profanity, personal attacks, racial slurs, threats of violence, or other inappropriate material that violates our Terms and Conditions, and will block users who make repeated violations. We ask all readers to expect diversity of opinion and to treat one another with dignity and respect.


Most Recent Comments
KhaledE 05/04/08 10:26:46 AM EDT

Hi, i don't see any JUG in Africa in your article. actually we do have a JUG in Tunisia in north Africa.
please visit
http://teejug.blogspot.com/

Yakov 04/13/05 05:36:59 AM EDT

Brazilian JUG joins JCP:
http://biz.yahoo.com/prnews/050408/sff027.html?.v=4

Go Brazil, go!

Douglas Rowe 04/10/05 05:00:31 PM EDT

Absolutely. JUG sponsorship definitely suffers from the more open, less proprietary environment it lives in. Those of us committed to Java watch as our .net, Coldfusion, Macromedia brethren receive all manner of support from raffle swag to experienced developers and authors traveling to present at meetings. All of these things make the community more cohesive, aid attendance and the overall perceived value of spending your valuable personal time to attend.

No JUG is stronger than its most committed and experienced member. Commitment is good, experience is great, but a JUG cannot thrive on either alone. An all too common problem is the folks with the most experience to share have the least time or need to share it.

Another particular problem to JUG's is the need to be on the cutting edge while constantly starting over to bring less experienced individuals into the fold.

@ThingsExpo Stories
Early adopters of IoT viewed it mainly as a different term for machine-to-machine connectivity or M2M. This is understandable since a prerequisite for any IoT solution is the ability to collect and aggregate device data, which is most often presented in a dashboard. The problem is that viewing data in a dashboard requires a human to interpret the results and take manual action, which doesn’t scale to the needs of IoT.
SYS-CON Events announced today that 910Telecom will exhibit at the 19th International Cloud Expo, which will take place on November 1–3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Housed in the classic Denver Gas & Electric Building, 910 15th St., 910Telecom is a carrier-neutral telecom hotel located in the heart of Denver. Adjacent to CenturyLink, AT&T, and Denver Main, 910Telecom offers connectivity to all major carriers, Internet service providers, Internet backbones and ...
CenturyLink has announced that application server solutions from GENBAND are now available as part of CenturyLink’s Networx contracts. The General Services Administration (GSA)’s Networx program includes the largest telecommunications contract vehicles ever awarded by the federal government. CenturyLink recently secured an extension through spring 2020 of its offerings available to federal government agencies via GSA’s Networx Universal and Enterprise contracts. GENBAND’s EXPERiUS™ Application...
IoT generates lots of temporal data. But how do you unlock its value? You need to discover patterns that are repeatable in vast quantities of data, understand their meaning, and implement scalable monitoring across multiple data streams in order to monetize the discoveries and insights. Motif discovery and deep learning platforms are emerging to visualize sensor data, to search for patterns and to build application that can monitor real time streams efficiently. In his session at @ThingsExpo, ...
Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE, Nasdaq: VZ) and Yahoo! Inc. (Nasdaq: YHOO) have entered into a definitive agreement under which Verizon will acquire Yahoo's operating business for approximately $4.83 billion in cash, subject to customary closing adjustments. Yahoo informs, connects and entertains a global audience of more than 1 billion monthly active users** -- including 600 million monthly active mobile users*** through its search, communications and digital content products. Yahoo also co...
"There's a growing demand from users for things to be faster. When you think about all the transactions or interactions users will have with your product and everything that is between those transactions and interactions - what drives us at Catchpoint Systems is the idea to measure that and to analyze it," explained Leo Vasiliou, Director of Web Performance Engineering at Catchpoint Systems, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 18th Cloud Expo, held June 7-9, 2016, at the Javits Center in New York Ci...
"Tintri was started in 2008 with the express purpose of building a storage appliance that is ideal for virtualized environments. We support a lot of different hypervisor platforms from VMware to OpenStack to Hyper-V," explained Dan Florea, Director of Product Management at Tintri, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 18th Cloud Expo, held June 7-9, 2016, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY.
The best-practices for building IoT applications with Go Code that attendees can use to build their own IoT applications. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Indraneel Mitra, Senior Solutions Architect & Technology Evangelist at Cognizant, provided valuable information and resources for both novice and experienced developers on how to get started with IoT and Golang in a day. He also provided information on how to use Intel Arduino Kit, Go Robotics API and AWS IoT stack to build an application tha...
SYS-CON Events announced today that LeaseWeb USA, a cloud Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) provider, will exhibit at the 19th International Cloud Expo, which will take place on November 1–3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. LeaseWeb is one of the world's largest hosting brands. The company helps customers define, develop and deploy IT infrastructure tailored to their exact business needs, by combining various kinds cloud solutions.
Whether your IoT service is connecting cars, homes, appliances, wearable, cameras or other devices, one question hangs in the balance – how do you actually make money from this service? The ability to turn your IoT service into profit requires the ability to create a monetization strategy that is flexible, scalable and working for you in real-time. It must be a transparent, smoothly implemented strategy that all stakeholders – from customers to the board – will be able to understand and comprehe...
The cloud market growth today is largely in public clouds. While there is a lot of spend in IT departments in virtualization, these aren’t yet translating into a true “cloud” experience within the enterprise. What is stopping the growth of the “private cloud” market? In his general session at 18th Cloud Expo, Nara Rajagopalan, CEO of Accelerite, explored the challenges in deploying, managing, and getting adoption for a private cloud within an enterprise. What are the key differences between wh...
SYS-CON Events announced today that Venafi, the Immune System for the Internet™ and the leading provider of Next Generation Trust Protection, will exhibit at @DevOpsSummit at 19th International Cloud Expo, which will take place on November 1–3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Venafi is the Immune System for the Internet™ that protects the foundation of all cybersecurity – cryptographic keys and digital certificates – so they can’t be misused by bad guys in attacks...
Large scale deployments present unique planning challenges, system commissioning hurdles between IT and OT and demand careful system hand-off orchestration. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Jeff Smith, Senior Director and a founding member of Incenergy, will discuss some of the key tactics to ensure delivery success based on his experience of the last two years deploying Industrial IoT systems across four continents.
There will be new vendors providing applications, middleware, and connected devices to support the thriving IoT ecosystem. This essentially means that electronic device manufacturers will also be in the software business. Many will be new to building embedded software or robust software. This creates an increased importance on software quality, particularly within the Industrial Internet of Things where business-critical applications are becoming dependent on products controlled by software. Qua...
SYS-CON Events has announced today that Roger Strukhoff has been named conference chair of Cloud Expo and @ThingsExpo 2016 Silicon Valley. The 19th Cloud Expo and 6th @ThingsExpo will take place on November 1-3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. "The Internet of Things brings trillions of dollars of opportunity to developers and enterprise IT, no matter how you measure it," stated Roger Strukhoff. "More importantly, it leverages the power of devices and the Interne...
Machine Learning helps make complex systems more efficient. By applying advanced Machine Learning techniques such as Cognitive Fingerprinting, wind project operators can utilize these tools to learn from collected data, detect regular patterns, and optimize their own operations. In his session at 18th Cloud Expo, Stuart Gillen, Director of Business Development at SparkCognition, discussed how research has demonstrated the value of Machine Learning in delivering next generation analytics to imp...
In addition to all the benefits, IoT is also bringing new kind of customer experience challenges - cars that unlock themselves, thermostats turning houses into saunas and baby video monitors broadcasting over the internet. This list can only increase because while IoT services should be intuitive and simple to use, the delivery ecosystem is a myriad of potential problems as IoT explodes complexity. So finding a performance issue is like finding the proverbial needle in the haystack.
The Internet of Things will challenge the status quo of how IT and development organizations operate. Or will it? Certainly the fog layer of IoT requires special insights about data ontology, security and transactional integrity. But the developmental challenges are the same: People, Process and Platform. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Craig Sproule, CEO of Metavine, demonstrated how to move beyond today's coding paradigm and shared the must-have mindsets for removing complexity from the develo...
SYS-CON Events announced today that MangoApps will exhibit at the 19th International Cloud Expo, which will take place on November 1–3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. MangoApps provides modern company intranets and team collaboration software, allowing workers to stay connected and productive from anywhere in the world and from any device.
Basho Technologies has announced the latest release of Basho Riak TS, version 1.3. Riak TS is an enterprise-grade NoSQL database optimized for Internet of Things (IoT). The open source version enables developers to download the software for free and use it in production as well as make contributions to the code and develop applications around Riak TS. Enhancements to Riak TS make it quick, easy and cost-effective to spin up an instance to test new ideas and build IoT applications. In addition to...