Live From Devoxx UK Hackergarten: From vJUG virtuality to Devoxx UK real


One dev: Did you know what happened at a recent Java conference few months ago ?

Others: No not really, so what happened

First dev: Andreas Almiray the mind behind Hackergarten asked Simon Maple the coordinator of vJUG nicely (actually you can see on video, he kind of challenged) – that if you would host a live hackergarten session on vJUG.

Another dev: it a great idea, so are you saying it might even be a reality

First dev: Yes, technically it is what wanted to share with other. So on 19th June at 2:30PM BST the world’s first streamed Hackergarten will be broadcasted via vJUG.

Another dev: so what are they going to do, anything we could help out with or even participate.

First dev: That is highly likely, they already have a number of ideas like working on OpenJDK patches, showing build system and seeing it run, showing directory structure of the latest Java 9, building systems on Java 9 that haven’t been built and deployed before, work on an JSR, etc….

Everyone: Sounds pretty interesting, and from other events I know we get to use wired-network connections and A/C power to keep the internet alive and kicking, and charge the hand-held, and laptop devices. Any idea who all might be present at the hackergarten.

First dev: Hackergarten is a pretty open format hackergarten concept, and so anyone can join or leave at any time, but we are lucky to have some known figures from the dev community like David Blevins, Otavia, Roberto Cortez, Daniel Bryant, etc… who will be working on one of the above projects mentioned. So it would be cool to join one of them and work on something interesting.

Everyone: We will be coming along with our laptops, IoT gadgets, and handhelds to add to the fun.

First dev: Also don’t forget this whole event will be broadcasted worldwide as we go through the session, where those leading the various groups will get a chance to say a few words.

Speaker: Mani Sarkar and Heather VanCura

Heather VanCura manages the JCP Program Office and is responsible for the day-to-day nurturing, support, and leadership of the community. She oversees the web site, JSR management and posting, community building, events, marketing, communications, and growth of the membership through new members and renewals. Heather has a front row seat for studying trends within the community and recommending changes. Several changes to the program in recent years have included enabling broader participation, increased transparency and agility in JSR development. When Heather joined the PMO staff in a community building marketing manager role for the JCP program, she was responsible for establishing the JCP brand logo programs, the site, and engaging the community in online surveys and usability studies. She also developed marketing reward programs, campaigns, sponsorships, and events for the JCP program, including the community gathering at the annual JavaOne Conference. Before arriving at the JCP community in 2000, Heather worked with various technology companies. Heather enjoys speaking at conferences, such as Devoxx, Java Zone, and the JavaOne Conferences. She maintains the JCP Blog, Twitter feed (@jcp_org) and Facebook page. Heather resides in the San Francisco Bay Area, California USA.

Mani Sarkar is a passionate Java/JVM developer currently living and working in London, UK. He is advocate and evangelist to many projects (mainly F/OSS). He is also a strong supporter of software craftsmanship principles like BDD and TDD, and is a practitioner of techniques such as pair-programming and code reviews. Enjoys refactoring, writing tests and helping others revive their legacy code-base, using various tools and home-grown methods. He is an active member of a number of developer communities (LJC, LSCC and other partner communities), and shares his passion for open source technologies by blogging and presenting at conferences and hands-on workshops in the UK and other parts of Europe.

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