The Java Road Trip Cruises to Charlottesville!

June 29, 2010

Join the NovaJUG in welcoming the Java Road trip to Charlottesville on July 2 from 1:30 to 6 PM.

Perrone Robotics
1180 Seminole Trail, Suite 135
Charlottesville, VA, 22901

This event is hosted by Paul Perrone, one of the original founders of the NOVAJUG. Paul is going to open up his doors and let attendees check out some of his latest Java based projects and provide rides in Tommy, Jr. the DARPA autonomous vehicle challenger.

Check out Java Road Trip for more details, plus all photos, videos, blogs, maps will be available there. And for real-time updates, you can follow along on twitter: @java (hashtag: #javaroadtrip)


SCJP 6 Study Group Forming

June 28, 2010

There is a Sun Certified Java Programmer 6 study group starting up! The group will meet on Thursdays at 06:30PM at 12012 Sunset Hills Rd, Reston VA. This will start on July 1st.

The group will use the Sierra and Bates study guide for SCJP 6 as their main text. Read and study the first chapter before the first meeting.

June 28: Java Road Trip – Code to Coast

June 18, 2010

Join the NovaJUG in welcoming the Java Bus Tour to DC on Monday June 28, 6:00 to 9:00 PM at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in DC.

Oracle has stuffed a rock-star bus full of demos and are taking them on the road, stopping in 20 US cities over the next couple of months. There will be food, beer, and free stuff, provided thanks to Oracle. And they will also have engineers from HQ flying out to several of these stops to speak on various subjects.

The DC speaker will be Roger Brinkley. He’s the Mobile and Embedded Community Leader and does some really fun engaging/interactive demos – He’s a great speaker.

You can learn more at – all photos, videos, blogs, maps will be available there. And for real-time updates, you can follow along on twitter: @java (hashtag: #javaroadtrip)

The hotel’s address:

2660 Woodley Road Northwest
Washington, DC 20008
(202) 328-2000

If you can’t make this stop, the tour continues to Charlottesville on July 2.

Jun 16: Spring 3.0 Overview by Scott Leberknight

June 9, 2010

Meeting: Spring 3.0 Overview by Scott Leberknight

When at Where: Weds June 16th from 6:30 PM – 9 PM at the Oracle Theater in Reston, VA (presentation begins at 7:00 PM)

1900 Oracle Way
Reston , VA 20190

Call 703 727-1307 once there, if you have trouble getting in. Bring an ID to make sure you can get signed in OK. There is plenty of parking around the building.

Register: Click here!.

Sponsor: This meeting is sponsored by Near Infinity, whose generous yearly sponsorship of the NovaJUG will be providing pizza and soft drinks.

Description: The Spring framework has simplified Java enterprise and web development since 2003, and has been a major innovator in improving and simplifying Java server-side programming since its inception. This session will look at the new features in Spring 3.0.

Spring 3.0 refactored much of the Spring core so it will no longer run on Java 1.4 and earlier, meaning it is optimized for Java 5 and beyond. Spring 3.0 includes several notable new features like the expression language (EL), support for REST, Spring MVC improvements including @PathParam and URI templates, and much more. In addition, Spring 3.0 will deprecate and remove from the Spring core several APIs like the original Spring MVC controller hierarchy and JUnit 3.8 support. There is also new support to make scheduling jobs cleaner and easier.

Speaker: Scott is Chief Architect at Near Infinity Corporation, an enterprise software development and consulting services company based in Reston, Virginia. He has been developing enterprise and web applications for 14 years professionally, and has developed applications using Java, Ruby, Groovy, and even an iPhone application with Objective-C. His main areas of interest include alternative persistence technologies, object-oriented design, system architecture, testing, and frameworks like Spring, Hibernate, and Ruby on Rails. In addition, Scott enjoys learning new languages to make himself a better and more well-rounded developer a la The Pragmatic Programmers’ advice to “learn one language per year.”

Scott holds a B.S. in Engineering Science and Mechanics from Virginia Tech, and an M. Eng. in Systems Engineering from the University of Maryland. Scott speaks at the No Fluff Just Stuff Symposiums and various other conferences. In his (sparse) spare time, Scott enjoys spending time with his wife, three children, and cat. He also tries to find time to play soccer, go snowboarding, and mountain bike whenever he can.