I recently joined the Oracle Developer Champion Program, and one of the benefits is that I get free credits to try out the various services offered by Oracle Cloud. As you see in the picture below, the credits just poured down on me yesterday 🙂
Will this hurt my reputation of being unbiased and vendor neutral when I talk about technologies?
Well, I certainly hope not! In that case, it should probably have gone long time ago since I already get free credits from other vendors, such as AWS, Microsoft Azure, Google, and more. The way I see it, is that it is an excellent opportunity to try out the different solutions and give them a fair comparison.
2016 was a pretty eventful and great year for me personally. I had the opportunity to speak at a number of conferences including Jfokus, JavaLand, GIDS, CybercomDev, jPrime, Devoxx UK, JavaDay Minsk, JavaOne, JavaDay Kiev, Devoxx MA, Øredev. Links to talks and videos for most of these talks can be found on my Speaker Bio page.
I will continue speaking at conferences and events throughout 2017 as well. First up are Snowcamp.io, Devnexus, jDays, JavaLand, Riga Dev Days, DevDays Vilnius. And I still have some CFPs to submit talks to…
I also took over as JUG leader of Javaforum, the Java User Group in Malmö, and we had four meetings during 2016. The goal for 2017 is to continue with one meeting each quarter.
At the end of the year I won one of the associate seats in the Executive Committee of the Java Community Process. I am really looking forward to starting this work (I am actually going to London for our first face-to-face meeting tomorrow…).
If I should pick one single thing as the highlight of 2016, it would be the accepted to join the Java Champions. It was a surprise and an honor to be handed the Java Champions jacket from Arun Gupta at the closing Keynote of Devoxx UK.
I am extremely proud and honored to be included in this exclusive group of Java dignitaries.
The Java Champions are an exclusive group of passionate Java technology and community leaders who are community-nominated and selected under a project sponsored by Oracle. Learn more about Java Champions.
I am proud to announce that I have been added to the DZone Most Valuable Blogger (MVB) Program. In practice, this means that they will select among my published blog posts/articles and republish it on DZone.
I have been thinking of freshening up the design of this blog for a while. The plan was to do it in a controlled manner with a proper backup first. But as we all know, everything does not necessarily happen according to plan in this industry. Sometimes a
rm-rf* in a slightly unfortunate location has a tendency to speed up the process a bit…
But, apart from a couple of missing images that will be added within the next couple of days, I think the result turned out pretty good!
 Can’t even blame the cat for sitting on the keyboard this time…
I am sitting at a Starbuck’s with a dark roast in my hand looking over some photos from Yesterday’s stroll in San Francisco. Some of them are pretty cool, so I’ll share them here…
What do you do with your boat after having won America’s Cup? Well, if your name is Larry you will probably use it as roof over a street you have closed for a week while hosting a party for 50-60.000 of your closest friends…
I have just come home after spending three amazing days in Krakow as one of the speakers at the Java Developer Days Conference there. The organizers of this conference takes well care of their speakers and you feel welcome all the time. And I am sure the attendees feel the same.
Apart from my talk, my greatest achievement at the conference was to win a a signed copy of Practical API Design by implementing a simple application using bck2brwser. My contribution: Duke2Brwser. Hope this may inspire you to try it out. Just activate the HTML/Java Project Support plugin in NetBeans and go ahead!
jDays is a Java developers conference, about Java SE, Java EE, Frameworks & Servers, Front-end, Web & Mobile, Trends & Future, Solutions, Case Studies and Real World Experiences, Methodologies & Tools, Other related subjects.