We Switched to Meetup

September 18, 2012

In case you are wondering why the novajug web site is currently unmaintained, we have started using meetup instead. We will being posting meetings there from now on.

To see our meetup page, Click Here!


Jan 19: JBoss at 7: A new App Server, new Tools and a new Attitude by Dan Allen

December 20, 2011

What: A new App Server, new Tools and a new Attitude by Dan Allen

Register: Here -> http://www.meetup.com/dc-jug/events/44978342/.

Description: 2000 called, it wants its bloatware back. No where do the Java EE specifications suggest that application servers and programming models must be slow, clunky and fat. At JBoss, we decided it was time to flip the switch on enterprise development and make it productive. In this session, we’ll show you how to build real-world examples that are slim, fast and powerful. We’ll start by talking about the new rendition of our flagship project, JBoss AS 7. Fast, fast, fast. Blazing fast! No doubt, that’s the main reason to love JBoss AS 7. We’ll dive into how this performance boost has been achieved through a clever use of parallelism and concurrency, how the modular design saves you from classloader hell and why it’s such a pleasure to administer and test. It’s everything you’ve wanted in an application server.

Next, we’ll talk about how the Java EE Web Profile has brought new meaning to the double E: “easy” and “extensible”. We¹ll summarize the functionality you get out of the box. Hint: intelligent defaults replace XML and disparate technologies have been connected by powerful services like CDI. We won’t pretend that one size fits all. You’ll discover that the closed feature set has been abolished with the inclusion of the CDI extension facility. You now have the choice of building new features into the programming model in addition to using what’s provided. Ah, but, how many times have you wanted to start a new project in Java EE, but struggled to put all the pieces together? You’ll witness how Seam Forge can incrementally assemble an application at your command and deploy it to AS 7. We’ll remind you of the fact that you are doing all this with the “Enterprise Edition” of Java without any of the pain that would seem to imply. Like we said, we’ve got a new attitude. Come experience it.

Speaker: Dan Allen JBoss (@mojavelinux) As a Principal Software Engineer at JBoss, by Red Hat, Dan works as the community liaison and member of the Seam, Weld and Arquillian projects. He’s also the author of Seam in Action, formerly represented Red Hat on the JSR-314 Expert Group (JSF 2.0), writes for IBM developerWorks and NFJS magazine and participates as a speaker at major industry conferences including JavaOne, Devoxx, NFJS, JAX and Jazoon. In 2009, Dan was inducted into the JavaOne Rock Star Hall of Fame for his talk on conversations and pageflows in JSF. To colleagues, Dan’s known for his hard work and passion for Open Source technologies. He specializes in the Java EE stack, but is known to dabble in Android and anything else that’s open and sounds interesting.

You can keep up with Dan’s discoveries by reading his blogs at http://mojavelinux.com; and http://community.jboss.org/people/dan.j.allen/blog or find out what he’s currently up to by following him on Twitter at http://twitter.com/mojavelinux.

Sponsor: Location is sponsored by Near Infinity Corporation (1881 Campus Commons Dr, Reston, VA)

Dec 2: DevIgnition Conference

November 2, 2011

For more information and to register, Click Here!

Tickets are now on sale for the DevIgnition conference, a full day, single-tracked, seminar presented for and by the DC Java community. DevIgnition features approximately seven presentations from noted professional developers. The presentations trend toward emerging technologies. This year DevIgnition features presentations on Scala, Play, Hadoop, Project Orion, JBossAS, CoffeeScript, and Facebook. Food and drinks will be provided.

When: Friday Dec 2, 2011: 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Cost: Due to the excellent support the Nova/DC JUG (and DevIgnition) receives from its generous sponsors, especially Booz Allen & Hamilton who have provided a first-class facility and speakers for the event, DevIgnition will be extremely inexpensive to attend (just the cost of the t-shirt).

Booz Allen Hamilton/Newman Auditorium
8283 Greensboro Drive
Mclean, VA 22102

Parking: There should be plenty of parking in front of the building.

May 24: Big Data and the Cloud by Patrick Chanezon

April 30, 2011

What: Big Data and the Cloud by Patrick Chanezon

Register: This is a joint event with the NCAGTUG so register via their Meetup page.

Don’t miss this event if you are into Big Data and Cloud.

Speaker: Patrick Chanezon – Google Developer Relations Manager – Cloud Platform

Patrick joined Google in 2005, he manages the Cloud and Tools Developer Relations team in San Francisco. Previously he has been a Developer Advocate, building and growing developer ecosystems for HTML5, OpenSocial, Google Checkout and the AdWords API.

Previously he spent 5 years at Sun Microsystems as a software architect working on Sun Portal Server, blogs and syndication feeds, and received the CEO award for helping launch blogs.sun.com. Previously he spent 5 years at AOL and Netscape where he managed the MyNetscape Portal, and 2 years at Accenture as a Lotus Notes guru. He co-created the ROME open source project, and the OSSGTP group in France.

Presentation Description: Google is a Data business: over the past few years, many of the tools Google created to store, query, analyze, visualize its data, have been exposed to developers as services. This talk will give you an overview of Google services for Data Crunchers and Web Semantic 3.0 professionals:

– Google Storage for developers
– BigQuery, fast interactive queries on Terabytes of data
– Machine Learning API: Machine Learning made easy
– Google App Engine, exposing Data APIs is a very common use case for App Engine
– Visualization API: many cool visualization components
– Freebase, An entity graph of people, places and things, built by a community that loves open data.
– Google Refine, a power tool to work with messy data

Sponsor: Location is sponsored by Near Infinity Corporation

PS: Please update your RSVP accordingly to accomodate others. We have lot of no-shows in the past few events which affects our food plan!! Hope you undersand!!

May 5: Hadoop and Hive by Scott Leberknight

April 10, 2011

What: Hadoop and Hive by Scott Leberknight

Presentation Description: Hadoop is an open source framework maintained by the Apache Software Foundation for creating fault-tolerant, distributed applications that process vast amounts of data in parallel across a cluster of commodity servers. Hadoop consists of two primary components: the Hadoop Distributed Filesystem (HDFS) and a MapReduce framework. HDFS is a distributed filesystem which efficiently stores very large files across a cluster in a fault-tolerant manner. MapReduce is a framework for dividing data processing into two distinct phases, mapping and reducing, in order to deconstruct a problem so it can be run in parallel across many machines in order to speed data transformation and aggregation. In this talk we’ll look at both HDFS and the MapReduce framework. We’ll also look at one specific Hadoop subproject, Hive, which provides a data warehousing capability on top of Hadoop and allows developers and analysts to query their data stored in HDFS using SQL queries.

Speaker: Scott Leberknight is the Chief Architect at Near Infinity Corporation.

Food: Pizza and Liquid Refreshments will be provided by Near Infinity Corporation.

Registration: Click HERE!

When: Thurs May 5, 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM, presentation starts at 7 PM

Near Infinity Corporation
1881 Campus Commons Drive
Suite 203 (the training center)
Reston, VA 20191
Call 703 727-1307 (Gray’s cell phone) if you have trouble getting in.

Parking: There should be plenty of parking in the garage behind or out in front of the building.

April 30: Android Hackathon

April 5, 2011

The NovaJUG is participating in the Android Hackathon put on Saturday April 30th at Near Infinity. We are sharing this event with the GTUG.

Sponsors: Pizza and Liquid Refreshments will be provided by the NovaJUG, which of course means by the generous sponsors of the NovaJUG (Near Infinity, Excella, and Appian), and PayPal is sponsoring some of the prizes for the best app winners.

Registration: Click HERE!

When: Sat April 30, 9:00 PM – 7:00 PM

The Android Hackathon is a not-for-profit event for the Android platform, encouraging development using both the native Android SDK and web standards.

At this one day event, participants will have an opportunity to design, develop and demo a complete application. There will also be a beginner opportunity that will help first-time Android developers become familiar with the basics of the Android ecosystem. The event kicks off on Saturday, April 30, 2011, where ideas and teams will come together. Teams will have the rest of the day to build their applications. Teams will then present their work to the public in the evening and winners will be chosen.

Instead of back-to-back presentations followed by several variations of “Hello World,” Hackathon is all about coding and completing a full-featured Android application using Android technologies. While there will be opportunities to try new APIs and learn new features, teams will be expected to produce a real, working application in one day in return for free meals and a chance for fame and fortune, should one create the next killer app.

Near Infinity Corporation
1881 Campus Commons Drive
Suite 203 (the training center)
Reston, VA 20191
Call 703 727-1307 (Gray’s cell phone) if you have trouble getting in.

Parking: There should be plenty of parking in the garage behind or out in front of the building.

April 6: Enter The Gradle by Ken Sipe

March 2, 2011

What: Enter The Gradle by Ken Sipe

Registration: Click HERE!

When: Weds Apr 6, 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM, presentation starts at 7 PM

Near Infinity Corporation
1881 Campus Commons Drive
Suite 203 (the training center)
Reston, VA 20191
Call 703 727-1307 (Gray’s cell phone) if you have trouble getting in.

Parking: There should be plenty of parking in the garage behind or out in front of the building.

Food: Pizza and Liquid Refreshments will be provided by Near Infinity Corporation.

NFJS Pass: Thanks to the Northern Virginia Software Symposium for supplying a pass to their great conference for us to raffle off. We’ll pull business cards out of a hat for the winner.

NFJS Speaker Partnership: Ken is being provided to us courtesy of the Northern Virginia Software Symposium, which is coming up soon, April 29-May 1. This conference is always a lot of fun and well worth attending. Check out the NFJS Details.

Main Presentation Description: In the Java build space, first there was ANT, which provided a reliable way to build without an IDE. Then there was Maven, which provided standardization in build life cycles and dependency management. Now… Enter the Gradle, which provides convention over configuration approach to the build process and an approach at building that isn’t based XML.

This session assumes no familiarly with Gradle as it introduces this new approach at building projects. It is very helpful to be able to read and understand groovy to get the most from the session. This session will look at multi-language or polyglot projects, as well as integration to ANT and Maven. It will conclude with building custom plugins for the Gradle build process.

Speaker: Ken Sipe is the CTO of Gradleware, Inc. (gradleware.com). With the co-founders Hans Dockter and Adam Murdoch, Ken helps companies of all sizes adopt agile practices and automate their enterprise systems enabling faster time to market and higher quality.

Ken has been a practitioner and instructor of RUP since the late 1990s, and an extreme programmer and coach since the middle 2000s. Ken has worked with Fortune 500 companies to small startups in the roles of developer, designer, application architect and enterprise architect. Ken’s current focus is on enterprise system automation and continuous delivery systems.

Ken is an international speaker on the subject of software engineering speaking at conferences such as JavaOne, JavaZone, Jax-India, and The Strange Loop. He is a regular speaker with NFJS where he is best known for his architecture and security hacking talks. In 2009, Ken was honored by being awarded the JavaOne Rockstar Award at JavaOne in SF, California and the JavaZone Rockstar Award at JavaZone in Oslo, Norway as the top ranked speaker.