Home again after a couple of busy weeks on the road. Read all about it in North America JUG Tour 2023. Now, I’ll be home for a week before my next trip which will be Devoxx Belgium. I can’t believe it is almost October already.
JakartaOne Livestream 2023 is approaching. The event will be on December 5, 2023, and the format will be the same as the previous couple of years. Currently, the program committee is reviewing proposals. I expect the first speakers will be announced shortly. Until then, the registration is open, so I encourage you to get registered and mark your calendar. This year’s edition will be special since we will be celebrating the 5-year anniversary of Jakarta EE. I am pretty sure there will be cake!
This was great fun! Five JUGs in five different cities in five days. Organizing such a trip takes a great deal of planning and coordination. Hats off to Gerrit for pulling that off! The JUGs we visited were:
CPH ✈️ EWR ✈️ LAS ✈️ EWR ✈️ CMH ✈️ EWR ✈️ DTW ✈️ ORD ✈️ OMA ✈️ ORD ✈️ YUL ✈️ EWR ✈️ CPH
Even with a quite busy travel schedule, I managed to get in a run or at least a walk in each city we visited. Check out the photos below. Most of them are tagged with #runWithJakartaEE on social media as well.
The fifth, and last, step of the North America JUG Tour 2023 was Montreal and Montreal JUG. We were a little worried about having a JUG Meetup on a Friday, but Montreal didn’t let us down. This was the biggest crowd on the tour. May have something with the free beer and pizza, but we like to think that it was because of the speakers…
Gerrit talked about CRaC, which is an OpenJDK project that is about creating a checkpoint when the Java Virtual Machine is optimized, and then restoring from that checkpoint when starting up the application later. Hence reducing the startup- and warmup time of Java applications.
We had plans to do some coding between the sessions on the tour and maybe present Jakarta EE on CRaC at some point. It turned out that moving to a new location every day kind of didn’t leave any time for serious coding, so that is something we will do later. Stay tuned!
That meant that I did the Migrating from Spring Boot 2 to Spring Boot 3 talk. It is a fun talk to do, and I usually add some small stuff each time. The Java 21 additions are very popular this close to the release. I may have to start using some Java 22 features soon. Check out the slides for the talk on SpeakerDeck.
The tour is done, and tomorrow we will split parts and go home. Gerrit will fly a little backwards going to San Francisco, then Frankfurt and Münster. I will go to Newark and then Copenhagen and Malmö.
The fourth stop on our North America JUG Tour 2023 was Omaha and Omaha Java User Group. By now, we’re starting to get the hang of it. Gerrit started off with his talk about vulnerabilities in Java and the build chain in general. An important topic that just becomes more and more relevant.
I did the migration talk about how to get from Spring Boot 2 to Spring Boot 3 with a focus on Jakarta EE in that context. The demo with preview features from Java 21 that I introduced yesterday is now a part of the presentation. Check out the slides at my SpeakerDeck.
This meetup closed the US leg of the tour as we will go across the border to Canada tomorrow. We will have a pretty tight connection at O’Hare, but hopefully, we will make it to Montreal in time for the meetup there.
Gerrit did the Jungle talk about all the available distributions of OpenJDK. It is a talk you really should attend if he is at a conference near you and you are wondering which JDK to choose. Directly after, I did the migration talk from Spring Boot 2 to Spring Boot 3. I even spiced up the demo by using Java 21 and demoed how to use preview features in a Spring Boot application. Check out the slides from my talk.
I enjoy being on these trips when you check in to the next flight before you disembark the current one and you have to rely on the hotel app to remember what room number you have this time. I was lucky in New York this time as I got the exact number I had in my hotel in Las Vegas. Easy to remember. Not so lucky thereafter. Both Gerrit and I ended up taking the elevator to the wrong floor in Detroit, which happened to be the floor we stayed at in Newark the day before 🙂
The second stop of the North America JUG Tour 2023 was Garden State JUG in New Jersey.
Gerrit first did a talk about navigating the JVM landscape. Then I did a talk about Jakarta EE 10 where I introduced two brand new demos. One was using preview features of Java 21 which was well timed since Java 21 was released yesterday. The other demo used a beta for the new Jakarta Data specification in Jakarta EE 11. Both went well. I just had to google how to set up compiling with preview features in Maven on the fly since I did a git checkout . right before the talk and had forgotten to commit my new changes. Google to the rescue…
The first stop on the North America JUG Tour 2023 was Columbus where we visited the Central Ohio Java User Group. The meetup was hosted at the office of Manifest Solutions and the turnout was around 30-40 people. I admit I didn’t count, but that’s the feeling. There were also a couple attending online.
Gerrit talked about vulnerabilities in Java and how to secure your build chain. A topic that is extremely relevant and spurred some good discussions. I did a talk on how to migrate from Spring Boot 2 to Spring Boot 3 with a focus on the impact of the namespace change made in Jakarta EE 9. I also showed how to leverage Jakarta EE 10 features in Spring applications. My slides are available on SpeakerDeck.
And, always time for a morning run, New York no exception. My run this morning went through Battery Park and then the up boardwalk along the Hudson River before heading back to my hotel. Nice views and great to see the city waking up to a new day.
Writing this, I am at Newark International Airport waiting for my flight to Columbus where I will meet up with Gerrit to go on our five JUGs in five days tour of North America.
The work with Jakarta EE 11 moves forward. In the platform call last week, we spent a great deal of time discussing a milestone release of Jakarta EE 11 before the end of the year. We even discussed setting up a release train with milestone releases with a fixed cadence. I really like this approach. The individual component specifications could opt-in to releasing a milestone to any or all of these. Whatever is ready will be released. Of course, the dependencies between some of the specifications would have to be managed somehow, but I think this is achievable.
The Java Community Process (JCP) was founded in New York 25 years ago, so it only made sense to kick off the 25-year anniversary celebrations when the JCP Executive Committee (JCP EC) met in New York. The JCP EC had its second face-to-face meeting of 2023 in New York this week, this time hosted by BNY Mellon.
Eclipse Foundation has been a proud member of the JCP EC since 2007 as a representative of the Open Source community. I have had the honor of being the primary representative for Eclipse Foundation since 2020. Before that, I held an associate seat on the Executive Committee as an individual.
The 25-year anniversary celebrations will continue all throughout next year. As with previous anniversaries, there will be possibilities for Java User Groups (JUGs) to organize celebration events. More information to come about that in the near future.
The inaugural IBM TechXchange occurred at MGM Grand in Las Vegas from September 11 to September 14 with a respectable attendee count of somewhere around 3000.
I was invited to speak there and did a talk with Emily as a co-speaker. It would be an exaggeration to claim that the talk was well attended, but those who showed up got a very interactive session presented with lots of code samples and questions answered. The slides are, as always available on my SpeakerDeck.
Wherever Emily shows up, there will be morning runs, and IBM TechXchange 2023 was no exception. Running in the morning is the key in Las Vegas when the temperatures are at 35 degrees Celsius (95 Fahrenheit).
The social activity on Tuesday was at Topgolf, where we could enjoy some food and try out our swings. I was happy to hit the ball a couple of times, but it was great fun nevertheless.