Java SE 8 and 9 at the Philly JUG

The Philly JUG continues to march forward under new leadership and I was honored to deliver the September talk(s!?) myself. As ironic as it may seem, the Philly JUG had not had a dedicated talk on Java SE 8 and it was definitely time to close that gap. Fortunately I have just such as talk handy titled “JavaSE.Next – Java SE 8, Java SE 9 and Beyond”.

The talk covers the big ticket features of Java SE 8 including lambdas, streams, the date/time API and completable futures. I also briefly cover what’s coming in Java SE 9. The slides for the talk is on SlideShare (click here if you can’t see the embedded slides).

We tried something in September the Philly JUG has never tried in it’s long existence – we held meetings in both the Western suburbs as well as center city Philadelphia (our talks have historically been held in the Western suburbs). The suburban meeting was held on September 13 while the center city meeting was held on September 14. Combined, the two meetings had one of the highest RSVPs and attendance numbers the JUG has had for a little bit. The meetings were very well-received and I think the twin meeting locations is something to pursue again when possible in the future. My company CapTech was very gracious to sponsor the food for both meetings.

The Philly JUG’s next meeting on January 17 should be a great follow-up to my talk. Jason Young (also part of the Philly JUG leadership team) is covering Java SE 9 in detail. I highly recommend folks attend the talk and get engaged with Java SE 9 early!

See you at a Philly JUG meeting in the next few months? In the meanwhile, if you have ideas to improve the JUG, feel free to reach out to the leadership team any time – including myself.

Published by Reza Rahman

Reza Rahman is Principal Program Manager for Java on Azure at Microsoft. He works to make sure Java developers are first class citizens at Microsoft and Microsoft is a first class citizen of the Java ecosystem. Reza has been an official Java technologist at Oracle. He is the author of the popular book EJB 3 in Action. Reza has long been a frequent speaker at Java User Groups and conferences worldwide including JavaOne and Devoxx. He has been the lead for the Java EE track at JavaOne as well as a JavaOne Rock Star Speaker award recipient. He was the program chair for the inaugural JakartaOne conference. Reza is an avid contributor to industry journals like JavaLobby/DZone and TheServerSide. He has been a member of the Java EE, EJB and JMS expert groups over the years. Reza implemented the EJB container for the Resin open source Java EE application server. He helps lead the Philadelphia Java User Group. Reza is a founding member of the Jakarta EE Ambassadors. Reza has over a decade of experience with technology leadership, enterprise architecture and consulting. He has been working with Java EE technology since its inception, developing on almost every major application platform ranging from Tomcat to JBoss, GlassFish, WebSphere and WebLogic. Reza has developed enterprise systems for well-known companies like eBay, Motorola, Comcast, Nokia, Prudential, Guardian Life, USAA, Independence Blue Cross, Anthem, CapitalOne and AAA using Java EE and Spring.

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