Java at 25: Retrospective & Futures

Event Overview

Java has been around for the duration of many professional developer careers. In its usages from servers to desktops, clouds, phone, and tablets, and as a platform for other languages such as Scala, Clojure, Groovy and JRuby, the initial genius of a platform-independent virtual machine, c-like syntax, and an open bytecode core has made it the goto platform for many engineers.

This event, brought to you by Chariot Solutions and PhillyJUG, will try to take stock of Java at 25.

Price: Tickets are free, but registration is required.
Date: October 21, 2020
Time: 3:15PM to 5:00PM

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Drinking the Coffee: Chariot’s Multi-Decade Journey with Java
3:15 – 4:00PM EST

Chariot has used Java in many of our software projects for almost 20 years. Join us in this panel discussion with Aaron Mulder and Ken Rimple as they review how our teams have developed Java-based solutions: from the early years of J2EE, to Spring-based applications, to languages such as Groovy, JRuby, Scala and Clojure, and more.

The Java community has had lots of innovative ideas, some dead ends, and many success stories. Join us as we explain how we managed to find success in choosing open source Java technologies, and we’ll discuss some of our more interesting challenges encountered along the way.

Java Futures with Special Guest, Brian Goetz
4:00 – 5:00PM EST

Java is 25, but it is not standing still. From the innovations in the language itself, to innovations in the JDK, to new SDKs and VMs, Java keeps moving. In this virtual fireside chat, Ken Rimple speaks with Brian Goetz, Java Language Architect at Oracle, to discuss the future of Java.

Ken and Brian will discuss the JDK enhancement process (JEP) of the Java Community Process, JCP projects such as Amber, Loom and Valhalla, the focus on speeding up container-based applications, additional language enhancements, new features, and how Java is remaining relevant for the next 25 years.

Happy Hour
5:00PM ~

This is not another Zoom happy hour — join us as we test out Gather for our virtual Happy Hour!

Discounted Java Drinks for Attendees

We’ve also partnered with local companies for some discounted java drinks: La Colombe for coffee, and Workhorse Brewing for their vanilla coffee porter. We’ll supply the discount codes to attendees about 2 weeks prior to the event. Order some contactless delivery, and enjoy drinks with your fellow Java heads during happy hour!

15% off of La Colombe products
10% off on 4-packs of Workhorse Brewing’s limited edition collaboration Coffee Vanilla Porter with Saxbys

Support Zip Code Wilmington

Support the next generation of Java programmers by donating to Zip Code Wilmington.

Zip Code Wilmington is a nationally-recognized coding school in Wilmington, Delaware, and one of the first nonprofit coding schools in the country. They give their students an experience that fast-tracks them into a great career, at a great salary, and they do it in 3 months.

Through alliances with area companies, including several Fortune 500 companies, they’ve created a world-class curriculum. Learn more about this great nonprofit, and consider donating or volunteering.

We hope to see you there!