If you're looking for an easy, fun, and intellectually challenging way to succeed as a developer - look no further than your local user's group.

Here's My Easy Success Story:

  • Started going somewhat religiously, 11 years ago.
  • Attended hundreds of cutting edge technology presentations.
  • Started and led a few smaller special interest groups.
  • Made a few presentations myself over the years.
  • Served in various leadership roles at request of others.

As a result of the above, I've stayed gainfully employed even through 2 tough recessions, made tremendously beneficial contacts that will always keep me working as long as I am physically and mentally able.

If you knew me personally, you wouldn't attribute any success to my social skills. This is a case of just showing up, being a nerd, and stumbling through good fortune.

Don McGreal from last night's meeting:

 

Example: SOLID Presentation

Last night we had a presentation on SOLID, by one of the Read more »

JavaMUG, our local Dallas area user's group (Java Metroplex User's Group) moved our meeting locations to Cisco this month. With Oracle's purchase of Sun, we had lost our last meeting space that we had for the last 5 or so years. Many thanks to Cisco for pitching in and offering us the fantastic space.

As usual, our invitation to Cisco's facilities arrived on a google map. A big complex, like other Cisco facilities around the world.

We knew we were walking up to the right building though, because the pizza delivery truck was parked outside. Photos below show what you would miss, if you were a local who had somehow not heard about our group. Read more »