Monday, February 4, 2008

No Fluff, Just Stuff

I'm really looking forward to joining the No Fluff Just Stuff (NFJS) symposium series this year. I originally joined the tour back in 2003 before starting work at Burton Group, but I haven't participated since. The NFJS is a traveling developers workshop that visits something like 20 cities in the United States over the course of a year. They have always had great presenters and most people agree that its one of the best developer conferences available today. Here is a list of past presenters I worked with in 2003:
  • Dave Thomas
  • Ted Neward
  • Bruce Snyder
  • David Geary
  • Howard Ship
  • Matt Raible
  • Ron Bodkin
  • Stuart Halloway
  • Tom Mars
  • Ben Galberath
  • Dion Almer
  • Eric Meyer
I probably left out a bunch of folks but those are the names that come to mind. The people I'm joining on the tour this year all have pretty impressive backgrounds and I'm looking forward to working with them.

If you have never attended a NFJS show, I highly recommend it. They hold it on Friday afternoon through Sunday – so it doesn’t disrupt your day job. The show itself has traditionally had a Java focus and that hasn't changed. They do however branch out into things like Ruby on Rails and Ajax. What I like about the show is that's its fairly small with something like 100 – 300 attendees. That means each session is intimate allowing the speakers to really connect with the attending developers. Getting back in touch with the development community is important to me.

I'll be giving six 90-minute presentations at each show (I've tentatively agreed to do nearly all of the shows this year). Over the course of the year the topics will probably change but for the first couple of shows I'll be presenting on EJB 3.0, JPA, JMS, Open Source Licensing, 10 tips for Architects, and Rich Internet Applications. I hope to add a couple of sessions on Curl before too long – its too cool of a platform to ignore.

My first NFJS conference will be the weekend of March 1st in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. You can learn more about the NFJS symposium and the cities we'll be visiting checking out the NFJS site.