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Interviewed by Java Magazine

The March/April issue of Java Magazine is released! You should definitely check this out!

By the way, they actually published an interview we did some time ago, together with Bruno Souza (SouJava, Brazil) and Michael Huttermann (Jug Cologne, Germany). That’s cool! But I’m not a big star as they are, just a Java passionate guy! I do appreciate that! You can read the interview in the picture below or directly in the latest edition.

Many thanks to Java Magazine’s editors for publishing that interview!

Featured on Oracle’s Java Magazine

I’m glad to see I was featured on the latest edition of Oracle’s Java Magazine (Issue January/February 2013, page 67). I would like to thank Oracle on behalf of the CEJUG Community. We have been partners for so long and this is a nice way to demonstrate that you guys, at Oracle, recognise our contribution to the Java Community.

It’s important to say that they cut part of my hair using Photoshop. I’m actually more handsome than it looks like… hehehehe 😀 Joking! Back to work!

Leaving CEJUG’s Leadership Team

Today is my last day in CEJUG’s leadership team. A journey that lasted for tireless 8 years or something. I’m not sure about the exact date I became Jug Leader, but I remember very well how it happened. I was attending a CEJUG coordination meeting at Fortes Informática because I was helping them to organize an event. Right after the meeting, Felipe Gaúcho invited me to co-lead the group, which was unexpected but very pleasant. I accepted immediately! Felipe is not among us anymore, but I am eternally grateful to him for this incredible opportunity.

I’m not leaving because I’m tired or bored. I’m leaving because CEJUG needs renovation. It needs to change its philosophy, its soul. I’m the oldest one in the leadership team, thus I’m a dinosaur in terms of community management. My mind still believes in some practices that don’t work anymore and the community is not growing as it could grow. Fresh and valuable ideas usually come from new people with a vision to help others to develop their technical capabilities. I’m sure there are a lot of people like that out there and I wish they get my place and move on faster.

There is a CEJUG’s rule that promotes ex-leaders to become advisers for the leadership team. It is a sort of recognition for the great services provided to the group. But I’m not accepting even that. To give advices to a future leader is like bringing back the old way of thinking. That’s what I’m trying to avoid. Advisers are not so active anyway. I don’t remember the last time I received an advice from them. Actually, it ended up becoming a definitive leave for them too. Eventually, my departure will motivate other members of the leadership team to take the same initiative, if they have the same feeling I’m describing in this post, of course.

Sometime ago, a friend of mine was excited about CEJUG’s community and he asked me what he has to do to become a JUG Leader. I told him that it’s not so difficult, but it requires patience and a lot of work. That’s because CEJUG is a meritocracy, where you are recognised according to your contribution to the community. The recognition is basically promoting you to the leadership team, then you have more power and resources to make things happen. It takes some time because we wanna make sure that you won’t give up easily and you will just continue working as hard as before.

The problem is that there is no glamour in the role of Jug Leader. New leaders probably realised that it’s more a labor of love, donation and dedication than a professional achievement. Some people love that, like I do, but most people don’t. Perhaps new leaders won’t find motivation for the merit in this meritocracy model. The excitement may last for a few months and then, even the free time will be occupied with other priorities.

I have been proud of my role as a Jug Leader, not because of what I did for the community, now and in the past, but because of what I feel for them and what I was willing to lose for them. I will keep this feeling in my heart. You may ask me why I’m leaving since I’m still in love. This is like a relationship that doesn’t work. When your love is not reciprocal the best thing you can do is set your love free.

If you want to be the next CEJUG Leader, be aware of the need for passion, donation and dedication, with or without professional achievement. In addition to that, read a very interesting post on John Yeary’s blog about the definition of a Jug Leader.

By the way, I will continue as a humble CEJUG member, trying to help people there with their technical questions. Meanwhile, I’m working on a new open source project! I’m going to launch it here soon and maybe it will end up in a new, large and successful community! 😉

Freedom of Thinking and Speech at Devoxx 2012

I have been attending Devoxx in a row since it was called JavaPolis and then they had to change the name to Devoxx due to copyright issues with Sun Microsystems at the time. I have the privilege to live close (in terms of world, but far in terms of Belgium) to the hosting city, Antwerp, and I’m used to be passionate and engaged with the Java international community. However, the main reason I’m successively attending this conference is because they excel every edition, making the next one unmissable. This year it wasn’t different.

Stephen Janssen trying to find 200 available places in that crowded geek audience.

Devoxx is probably the only conference in the world that manages to put Oracle and Google face to face without conflicts. This is such a great achievement that I would recommend Devoxx’s team to the United Nations in order to address the conflict in Gaza and finally put an effective peace process in place between Israel and Palestine 😉

By the way, I should say something about the way Oracle leads their keynote speeches. Last year Oracle made a pretty boring presentation, but it was ok after all. This year they exceeded themselves making a pretty boring + chaotic presentation. First, Nandini Ramani, vice president of engineering, Java client, and mobile platforms at Oracle, was clearly nervous on the stage. At some point, she called Stephen Chin to join her and he didn’t show up. Ups! She decided to jump to the next presentation, which was clever, but right in the middle she was interrupted by the sound of a motorcycle, causing a pretty awkward moment. What?! 😀 Yep! We initially thought that the staff accidentally opened a door, bringing noise from the traffic, but in fact Stephen Chin suddenly came out with the motorcycle used in his Night Hacking Project. That was actually pretty cool except by the fact that Nandini was completely taken by surprise. She couldn’t handle that unforeseen situation and she just handed over to Stephen, leaving the presentation halfway. Still, we had a lot of fun watching the situation. 😀

On the other hand, Google made a great tech show! Wow²! They know how to hold the audience’s breath. The only issue (at least for those urging to visit the toilet) was their inability to manage time. The presentation took longer than expected, but every second was pretty well spent on exciting demos! Cool!

So, what do I learn from that? From my perspective, I see Devoxx as a great independent conference where it’s possible to closely compare leading competitors and make realistic decisions about the technologies we are going to chose for the coming years. Devoxx is definitively the best alternative to avoid brainwashing conferences such as JavaOne (It wasn’t like that in the past). This is to say the least, because they managed to overcome our expectations by adding a special track named Future<Devoxx>, focused on the programming of tiny devices, such as TinkerForge, Arduino, Raspberry Pi, and others. Curiously, there wasn’t a single mention to the classic SunSpot, which is probably one of many nice projects killed by Oracle after acquiring SUN. That track added a world of possibilities to all those entrepreneurial minds. Well done!

Is that all?! Not yet. Mother Devoxx is going to have a new baby next year! After Devoxx France, they announced Devoxx UK. Yeah, attending Devoxx became a touristic problem now, based on the city you wanna visit 😉 Last, but not least, Devoxx4Kids is definitively a great initiative! I actually wanted to attend it, but I have to wait for my little boy, who is only 11 months old now. I’m giving him twice more milk to watch him grow up faster 😛

CEJUG’s 7th Anniversary

I’m very glad to announce here CEJUG’s 7th Anniversary, supporting the event team with the national and international dissemination. It is supposed to be one of the biggest JUG’s conference in Brazil thanks to the entrepreneurship of CEJUG’s leaders and collaborators. In a very short period of time, they are doing a great job to make everything happen on September 19th, at FA7, a local university that provides great support for many of CEJUG’s initiatives.

More information about the event can be found at http://www.cafecomtapioca.com.

Watch a video specially produced to promote this event: