Last thursday was my first JUG.
First of all, what is a “JUG” ? Acronym of “Java User Group”, that is a meeting organized by people passionate about Java for other Java enthusiasts. Application architects, technical managers, software developers, members ot the open source community, students & teachers are all welcome to attend… and membership is free.
During this event, we can talk about everything dealing with Java technologies. Purpose is to share a common interest, share ideas and tricks, keeping in touch with latest java technologies & frameworks. Thus, JUGs facilitate the sharing of experience and information among its members. Topics are about the programming language itself but also tools, technos, best practices, methodology… There are many topics !
There are a lot of JUGs all over the world, mainly in big cities. You can take a look to the map to locate JUG.
I am currently living in Nantes, I naturally attend the JUG of Nantes, which is a new one, opening 1.5 year ago. Like most of JUGs, meetings are organized on a monthly basis after work (yeah, we are fan of Java…) and involve different speakers.
On top of explaining us the TDD principles, the speaker also showed us some good tools to improve our productivity (Launchy, Total Commander among others) and a selection of agile Eclipse plug-ins (Mylin, EclEmma…).
It was really interesting and I will attend to the next meeting… Particularly since I know that the next topic will be about Google technologies (Innovation Labs, GWT, Android…).
To know more about these groups, here is the official site.