I’ve got the Power! (The Power of Gradle, that is)
Join us on Tuesday, May 21st to hear what Gradle is all about, with real world examples! Tim O’Brien of Gradleware fame will be there (and he might even have a prize or two!). Also we will be donning a new location, 300 West Adams, just in front of the Willis (it’s so hard, it will always be Sears) Tower. Check the map and details in our Meetup page, and attend http://www.meetup.com/ChicagoJUG/events/116726532/
We got 210 CJUG members in Meetup, (the .NET user group has 330).
Come on, I know there are much more Java developers, CJUG Needs you! Spread the word, forward this email to your developer’s distribution list. Shout “CJUG is Awesome” from the top of your cubicle (or office), mention it casually at cocktail parties (“hey, I’m member of the Chicago Java Users Group, they are a fancy bunch”), add it to your email signature (“CJUG Member”), share with students, professors, your local barista. Let everyone know (and sign) to our Meetup group at http://www.meetup.com/ChicagoJUG/
Come and let’s do some Spring Planting this June 6th
Our trusted Brett Lindsley will take us through the process of creating a web application from the ground-up. Even if you have done a web app before you might’ve not seen all the interactions that happen when building one. Join us on June 6th! (Venue tbd) http://www.meetup.com/ChicagoJUG/events/118714452/
Red Hat Developer Exchange, JBoss User Developer Conference (JUDCon) and CamelOne at Boston (June 9th ~ 11th)
If you are around Boston on June 9th to the 11th you can attend these conferences at a 99$ discounted rate (Just for being a fancy CJUG member), just use PRECONJUG registration code and voila!
The Cravin’ Maven video is online
If you couldn’t make it to our Cravin’ Maven presentation (an Intro to Maven) by Brett Lindsley, you can find the video (and all the others) at http://www.youtube.com/cjugvideos
What’s the Chicago Java Users Group up to?
A little update for you on what are we doing. We have organized our finances and have put in place a solid sponsorship program (Thanks Scott and Michelle!), we are furiously upping the number of presentations per-month and finding new locales to present (thanks Brett!), have created a mentorship program which is awesome and btw, you should really use them (Thanks Mike and Bob!), and are actively trying to reach out and help the actual Chicago Community through initiatives like Random Hacks of Kindness (RHOK.org, thanks Rishu!). We have even reached across the aisle to the .Net User group (and Scala, and JBoss, and Web Development) to organize co-sponsored events.
In all we’ve been busy. There is no monetary compensation for anyone working at the CJUG, so if you happen to see any of them, give them a big hug (or a slap on their back), and tell them “Thank you!”
But with everything else, we need you. Yes, you. I want to drive our membership up, discover all Java developers in the Chicago Area, and create a strong, solid and vibrant community of Java developers that can learn, grow and make a difference. To accomplish these goals I need every Java professional and Student to know, sign-up and participate in our group. Are you a recruiter? Well, tell your candidates about the organization. It’s like sending them to a free conference to learn new stuff and they will only get better. Are you a student? Tell your classmates, participate, create and volunteer (this will help you even on your resume). Are you a teacher? Contact me and we can do projects for your student body on which we teach them what is required from the corporate world in terms of projects. Are you a developer? By all means, share and join us. You are the soul and the reason volunteers flip over backwards to get things moving and created. Help me out by getting more people signed-up and participating in our JUG.
Peace out! (wasn’t that out of fashion after the 90s ?)Freddy Guime Community Leader Chicago Java Users Group