Gave a speech at CJUG

I gave a presentation at Chicago Java Users Group on Tuesday on Apache James. I did not have as much time to prepare as I wanted. Partly because I put it off, partly because I got sick the weekend before. But all in all it was okay. I will post it at the CJUG website soon.

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2010-01-06 Update: James and CJUG

There is some activity going on with Apache James: some progress is being made replacing the Avalon dependency injection framework with Spring. This will make James easier to update going forward. The project has been stalled somewhat in the recent past. That is one reason I found the documentation to be hard to navigate.

I plan on giving a talk at the next Chicago Java Users Group meeting on configuring Apache James. The next meeting will be on January 19. There will also be talks on Guice and Apache Jackrabbit.

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2009-12-26 Update

We had a Chicago Java Users Group meeting a few weeks ago. It went pretty well. Sten Anderson from CityTech talked about JavaFX, and Thomas Aikman from TransTech gave a speech on interviewing. One of my goals for CJUG is to have more than one presentation each meeting. I would also like to have some “business-related” presentations containing content to help members get and/or keep their jobs in today’s economic climate. Due to the recession, we will have to learn to do some of the things we went into software to avoid.

Some of the other meetings I went to were also pretty good. The guy who runs the Chicago GTUG also has a site about alternative energy called Bio Fuel Expo. I am hoping to find some way to use Java technology to promote alternative energy and mitigate climate change. In the past, every time I ask myself, “What can a Java developer do to reverse global warming and climate change?”, the only answer I come up with is, “Turn off the computer.” That would make producing an income rather difficult.

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2009-11-17 CJUG Meeting

There was a Chicago Java Users Group Meeting last night.  Rakesh Vidyadharan spoke on Java Content Repository (JSR 170, 283), focusing on Apache Jackrabbit.

There were also a few announcements. There is now a Chicago Groovy Users Group. I went to No Fluff Just Stuff this past weekend, and there is a lot of interest nationally in Groovy. Groovy is another language on the JVM.

World famous blogger Tim O’Brien showed up giving out Maven books.

Next month the presentation will be a presentation on JavaFX by Sten Anderson of CityTech.

We will also have a shorter presentation by Thomas Aikman of TransTech Solution Staffing on interviewing. If you have any interviewing questions, email them to me and I will forward them on to Thomas.

I have an interviewing question that may get the ball rolling: I had a phone interview recently. I did some research beforehand on the company, and the interview seemed to go well for the most part. At the end, the interviewer asked me if I had any questions for him, and I just said that I did not. After the conversation was over, three or four popped into my head. Is there a cheat-sheet of questions I could have ready for the company in case I blank again in another interview?

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2009-11-09 Update

I have not posted in a while. I have been updating my system and have got everything set up the way I want. I also had a few unexpected expenses. I reinstalled OpenCms, and I had some problems importing my old data. I will have to reinstall it again and copy and paste my text, and redo all the links by hand.

We also had a CJUG meeting, and it went pretty well. I have made some arrangements for meetings for the next few months.

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2009-10-07 Java Update

I am a day late, but here are my updates, and they are all Java related.

I am now the president of CJUG (Chicago Java Users Group). I am compiling a list of other Java user groups, and I will contact them to ask for some advice on running a JUG. I am also in contact with some past CJUG people, but I think more perspectives would be good. I also have a list of questions that I will be asking. I will first contact the JUGs that have web sites. Some of them only seem to have mailing lists (usually a Yahoo Group or a Google Group) and not actual web sites.

I also won an IntelliJ license a few months ago at a CJUG raffle. I got the key just a few weeks ago. I have not spent a whole lot of time with it yet. I just got my desktop in order, and I am still looking for a job. I need to decide what Java projects I will do, and what I will study. I may get more involved with James, I have not decided. There is another Apache project that looks interesting.

I also have not done much with Shelf Unit. I may give that a go with IntelliJ. I am also thinking about doing a few apps with Google App Engine. Someone presented on that a few months ago at CJUG, and it was pretty interesting.

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