Tuesday August 19th, 2014 — Katas will make us better

Jessica Codr and John Davis will lead a discussion of katas and lead us through (at least) two katas.

Katas are hands on exercises that serve as a great way to get more familiar with programming languages, IDEs, and processes like TDD.  They are all about refining our skills as developers through deliberate practice.  Attendees are encouraged to bring their own laptops and follow along with the kata exercise.  If you don’t have a laptop, we will do our best to provide one for you or pair you up with someone else who has a laptop.  We will be doing 2-3 katas, including the “prime factors kata” to demonstrate the great power of TDD and a kata using Mockito.

Jessica and John will be leading the katas in Eclipse, so participants should have Eclipse already installed on their laptops.

Location:

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska, 1919 Aksarben Dr, Omaha, NE 68180

Agenda:

5:30 Networking
6:00 Food – Courtesy of TekSystems
6:30 Presentation
8:00 Omaha Java Beer Drinking at DJ’s Dugout (near Aksarben)

Please RSVP at http://www.meetup.com/omahajava/events/199119632/

Also, in the FREE STUFF breaking news department, JetBrains has signed up to be an additional sponsor, and is giving us 1-2 free IntelliJ IDEA licenses to raffle away EVERY MONTH (2 if we have over 50 attendees)!

So stick around for the drawing at the end of the meeting before we head to DJ’s!

Tuesday, July 15th — Groovy after all these years

Please RSVP at http://www.meetup.com/omahajava/events/185848242/

In 2005, a team at Mutual of Omaha selected Groovy for building a mission critical group insurance pricing engine. At the time, this was one of the largest commercial uses of Groovy. Jim McGill, an architect at Mutual of Omaha, will discuss with Scott Hickey, the technical lead on the project, why Groovy was selected, what the concerns were at the time and how Groovy has been instrumental in the continued success of this project.

In this Q&A style session, we’ll dive into areas such as maintenance, language stability, tooling, testing, staffing and expanding Groovy’s reach at Mutual of Omaha beyond this project.

Location:

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska, 1919 Aksarben Dr, Omaha, NE 68180

Agenda:
5:30 Networking
6:00 Food – Courtesy of TekSystems
6:30 Presentation
8:00 Omaha Java Beer Drinking at DJ’s Dugout (near Aksarben)

Please RSVP at http://www.meetup.com/omahajava/events/185848242/

 

Tuesday, June 17th – Ryan Hochstetler presents

Please RSVP at http://www.meetup.com/omahajava/events/185847972/

 

Ryan Hochstetler presents Byteman or JTA.   Either way, it will be a great talk.

Please vote for your topic at http://www.meetup.com/omahajava/polls/

Location:
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska, 1919 Aksarben Dr, Omaha, NE 68180

Agenda:
5:30 Networking
6:00 Food – Courtesy of TekSystems
6:30 Presentation
8:00 Omaha Java Beer Drinking at DJ’s Dugout (near Aksarben)

Please RSVP at http://www.meetup.com/omahajava/events/185847972/

Tuesday, May 20th – Angular JS for Java Developers

This month Joen Moreno from Bass and Associates will be talking to us about being a Java developer doing Angular JS development. It will include an introduction to Angular and a discussion about approaching Angular from the perspective of a Java developer.

Should be a great talk. See you there.

Location:
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska, 1919 Aksarben Dr, Omaha, NE 68180

Agenda:
5:30 Networking
6:00 Food – Courtesy of TekSystems
6:30 Presentation
8:00 Omaha Java Beer Drinking at DJ’s Dugout (near Aksarben)

Door prize(s) provided by Bass & Associates.

Our meetup group is http://www.meetup.com/omahajava

 

 

UPDATED LOCATION: Tuesday, April 15th – Glide @ Godmans HQ in Aksarben

This month Scott Hickey from OPI will be talking to us about Glide. Glide makes it incredibly easy to develop apps that harness the power of Google App Engine for Java using expressiveness of Groovy and sweetness ofGaelyk’s syntactic sugar.

See you there.

Location:
Gordmans Headquarters – 1926 South 67th St., Omaha NE 68106

Agenda:
5:30 Networking
6:00 Food – Courtesy of TekSystems
6:30 Presentation
8:00 Omaha Java Beer Drinking at DJ’s Dugout

Tuesday, March 18th – Angular JS for Java Developers

This month Joen Moreno from Bass and Associates will be talking to us about being a Java developer doing Angular JS development. It will include an introduction to Angular and a discussion about approaching Angular from the perspective of a Java developer.

Should be a great talk. See you there.

Location:
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska, 1919 Aksarben Dr, Omaha, NE 68180

Agenda:
5:30 Networking
6:00 Food – Courtesy of TekSystems
6:30 Presentation
8:00 Omaha Java Beer Drinking at DJ’s Dugout

Tuesday, February 18th – Java 8 and Scala ( In Aksarben )

Sorry for the late announcement, we are still working out some kinks with booking location.

This month we have Stephen Haberman who will be talking about Java 8 and comparing it to Scala.

Stephen is always very thoughtful and informative and you should be there.

Location:
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska, 1919 Aksarben Dr, Omaha, NE 68180

Agenda:
5:30 Networking
6:00 Food – Courtesy of TekSystems
6:30 Presentation
8:00 Omaha Java Beer Drinking at DJ’s Dugout

Tuesday, January 21st – Guice ( In Aksarben )

Well it’s been a great holiday season and we are ready to get started again, and with a new location!

The results of the survey we sent out were pretty clear that Aksarben is much more convenient for many of us than any other location. So we are going to try meeting there this month. We will meet at Blue Cross in Aksarben, their address is 1919 Aksarben Dr, Omaha, NE 68180, and there is plenty of parking.

This month Nathan Workman will be talking with us about Guice, which brings a lot of great things that Google wants to add to Java.

Nathan is an Architect with 15 years experience, an all around great guy and believes that “the best projects are those that make you shake in your boots when given the requirements”.

See you there!

Location:
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska, 1919 Aksarben Dr, Omaha, NE 68180

Agenda:
5:30 Networking
6:00 Food – Courtesy of TekSystems
6:30 Presentation
8:00 Omaha Java Beer Drinking at DJ’s Dugout