GR8Conf Europe 2011 has ended, and what a blast! To me, this was the best GR8Conf ever! We had 28 sessions, 25 speakers, 4 workshops, 3 days, two tracks, and the number of tweets about the conference was almost endless.
Here are some of, what others tweeted about GR8Conf after the conference:
As beging part of the organizing crew, I would like to express my thanks for all the nice feedback. I'm sure that next edition of GR8Conf Europe will be just as exciting as it was this year.
Stay tuned for more information later!
/Søren Berg Glasius
GR8Conf Europe organizing crew.
I'm delighted to say, that GR8Conf 2011 is in session. We have just started the 3rd European iteration of GR8Conf, and we got a room packed with attendees. We got 25 expert speakers, 28 sessions, two tracks and lots and lots of GR8 stuff ready for all the attendees.
If you are at the conference, welcome! If not, follow the #gr8conf hashtag on Twitter to read about all the exciting stuff going on.
Less than a week to conference start... time is flying! I've got another interview ready for you, this time with Burt Beckwith from SpringSource.
I was a Math major in school, but I've always been into computers - I was the first in my school to own a computer (a TRS-80, back in 1979). My interests were in statistics and numerical methods (and fractals but that was more for fun) so I did a lot of coding for that.
My first jobs out of school were statistics-related but I switched to software development in 1998, and started using Java and doing web development in 1999. I thought enterprise development sounded interesting and did a lot of work with EJBs and even wrote a book on WebLogic and J2EE but once I discovered Spring I was glad to leave that all behind.
And what do you bring to GR8Conf?
I'll be doing a talk on GORM (some advanced topics, tips and tricks, etc.) and a University session on creating plugins. I've created or rewritten over 25 plugins, so this is something I've thought a lot about. My goal is to talk about best practices and various types of plugins, touching on development practices, how to test, etc. It will be a participatory session where we'll create a real plugin and even release it during the talk.
What got you into Groovy-land?
I heard about Groovy around 2004 and saw a couple of talks at a local No Fluff Just Stuff. At the time it seemed interesting but impractical, and I didn't do anything with it. But I've done a lot of work with Spring and Hibernate and was looking to branch out beyond traditional Java, and I started looking at Python, Rails, and Grails around 2007. Obviously Grails made the most sense to me given my background.
I got a job at a Cambridge startup that was using Grails and was able to work full-time on it - this was at the beginning of 2008, just before 1.0 was released. I had worked with Acegi/Spring Security in a few Spring-based applications so I was curious about the Acegi Grails plugin. I fixed a couple of bugs and upgraded the plugin to use Spring Security 2, and that was the beginning of my work with plugins.
What do you look forward to at GR8Conf next week?
I'm interested in doing Hackergartens here in Boston so I'm looking forward to that to see how it's done. Also looking forward to the Neo4j talk since I've been working in the NoSQL space recently, and seeing Václav Pech talk on GPars should be cool. But for me the big draw is the social aspect - it's great to catch up with the speakers and to talk to users about their experiences and how they're using the technologies.
Thank you for your time. See you next week!
Thanks, I'm looking forward to seeing everyone at the conference and checking out Copenhagen.
We just want to let you know, that the GR8'est event in the Groovy community is still open for registrations.
The conference features a tutorial day, two days conference with two tracks, hackergarten, 25 speakers and plenty of sessions to keep both new and advanced Groovy, Grails and Griffon users occupied for days!
The tutorial day is May 17th, and the conference days are on May 18th and 19th.
Just point your browser to http://gr8conf.eu/register to get your conference pas!