Thursday, July 19, 2007

July 2007 Meeting Minutes

The July 2007 was the nicest turn out ever since the group started in 2005. There were 30 people in attendance at the Tampa JUG meeting present to hear about NetBeans.

Gregg Sporar, our speaker from Sun Microsystems did an excellent job in presenting the different facets of Netbeans. The majority of the presentation was live demo of the tools in NetBeans including:
  • Java Development
  • Web Services
  • Diverse enterprise wizards
  • Desktop Swing development
  • etc
We talked about the next version of NetBeans (version 6) which promised to be a significant release for the NetBeans project. Gregg took questions from the audience regarding best practices and future directions of NetBeans.

The meeting closed with prize giveaways. Aubrey Griffin walked away with the grand prize which is a free pass to 2007 Orlando NFJS Software Symposium . Congratulations!

Presentation Materials

Gregg's Blog Page
Presentation Slides

Special Thanks

GCA.Net (venue) - Amy for taking care of the group and staying late
Sun Microsystems - Support for the JUG community with a great speaker!
Gregg Sporar - Flying from Texas to do this presentation
Steve Turner (T2 Software Inc) - For excellent food (Panera)

Next Meeting

Our August meeting will be about Groovy and Java Swing!
Hope to see you guys again.

Vladimir Vivien

Sunday, July 1, 2007

July 2007 Meeting - What Is NetBeans?

The NetBeans IDE has been gaining a strong following over the years. The current release of version 5.5.x , has been established as an indispensable tool that developers should keep close in their toolbox. For the July 2007 Tampa Java User Group meeting, Gregg Sporar of Sun Microsystems will take an exploratory look at this award winning IDE (see detail below).

What Is NetBeans?
NetBeans is three things:
  • An award-winning Integrated Development Environment (IDE)
  • A platform for building rich-client applications
  • An open-source community.
This presentation provides an update on some interesting changes in all three of those areas over the last couple of years.

The focus will be on demonstrations of the NetBeans IDE in order to show some of its features for doing Java SE, EE, and ME software development. Time permitting, the IDE's support for other languages such as C/C++ and for building Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) applications will be included. A demonstration of the IDE's tools for building applications on top of the NetBeans Platform will also be shown.

Speaker Bio:
Gregg Sporar has been a software developer for over twenty years, working on projects ranging from control software for a burglar alarm to 3D graphical user interfaces. He has been using Java since 1998 and his interests include user interfaces, development tools, and performance profiling. He works for Sun Microsystems as a Technical Evangelist on the NetBeans project.

His blog is at

Meeting Details:
Speaker: Gregg Sporar, Sun Microsystem
6:30 pm
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

NOTE: the meeting will be on Wednesday, July 18th, not the last Tuesday of the month as we usually do. If you plan to attend, send RSVP to vvivien at yahoo dot com.

Arrive early, the building's main door locks automatically at 7:00 pm.

GCA Technologies Solution
4919 Memorial Hwy. Suite 150
Tampa, FL 33634
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GCA Technologies

Sun Micro Systems

T2 Software Services, Inc.

Make sure to bring a colleague.
We want to show to Sun that Tampa has a dynamic and vibrant Java developer community.

See you there!

Vladimir Vivien