Tuesday, March 27, 2012

New Direction for 2012


Last year and earlier this year, we announced that there were going to be some changes in the format of the group.  While we took a break last month, this month, we are introducing two main changes that will impact the philosophy and how the group functions moving forward.

Tampa JUG => Tampa Jvm User Group 
Due to the recent advancements in languages and technologies based on the Java Virtual Machine, it is no longer enough to focus the group on Java the language.  Therefore, we are announcing that Tampa JUG will now stand for the Tampa Jvm Group.  This shift in philosophy frees the group to be able to address topics that goes beyond Java the language and embraces any technology that originates on the Java Virtual Machine.

Tampa JUG Coding Projects
Another fundamental change we are introducing this year are the "Tampa JUG Coding Projects".  In the past, the group became dormant in between monthly presentation.  If there's no presentation, it's almost as if the group cease to exist.  That is why we are introducing the coding projects.  They are a way to foster further member involvements in the group even when there is no presentation announced.  The first coding project is called, creatively enough, ProjectOne and will be announced shortly.  We will have more coding project later this year, so stay tuned.

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