It’s been a heck of a year for JUGs in France. 2008 started with only one physical (java.developpez.com is a great virtual JUG) and aging JUG with almost no activity and we are now, 12 months later, with no less than 8 JUGs country-wide!
The ParisJUG was the first one (it already averages around 180/200 attendees every month) and others quickly followed: Breizh JUG (Rennes), Tours, Grenoble JUG, Bordeaux JUG, Nantes JUG, Lorraine JUG (Nancy?), and last but not least the RivieraJUG (Nice)!
I also hear rumors of something going on in Toulouse. I’m sure we can do even better with Lille, Lyon, Marseille, Clermont-Ferrand, … Given the hard task of running a JUG (getting a venue, speakers, not upsetting anyone with the content or the sponsors, etc…) the goal of still being at 8 active JUGs next year would be a good one IMO.
I’ll be speaking about GlassFish v3 Prelude in Paris and Sophia Antipolis in January :
• 14 janvier 2009 @ Sophia-Antipolis: Mini-conférence Java EE. Great to be back there after a long hiatus (darn, Tiger seems like ages ago!).
• Soirée Java EE 6 (13/01/2009). Doing this one with Antonio Goncalves.
Just like elsewhere, the java community is alive and well (in case anybody asks!).