The First NLGUG Meetup

Posted on May 16, 2009. Filed under: NLGUG | Tags: , , , , |

On the 7th of May, we had our first NLGUG Groovy an Grails meetup. In one word: it was great!

Normally, when I organize something (be it a motorcycling event, going to the movies, or anything else), of all the people who said ‘yes’, 30% will show up (that is, if I’m lucky). Since 12 people expressed that they would attend the first meetup, I expected a group no bigger than 5 people to show up. You can imagine my surprise when out of 12 people, 18 showed up! That’s 150% more than you might have expected, and 500% more than I expected!

The event was kindly hosted by Lunatech Research BV, a small company in Rotterdam, who wanted to impress us with their office and hospitality. That succeeded greatly in that! The office was great, and the snacks where snacks++ ! Really well done, again: thanks for hosting the event!

The plan was to have 2 small sessions (of around 50 minutes each), drink some beer, get to know each other a little, etc. I think it worked out pretty well. We started with a introduction round, and it became apparent quite quickly that not a lot of people really (that is: in production) something with Groovy and Grails. Out of 18 people, only 2 people had real life experience with Grails. While I certainly hope this will increase, this is a really nice baseline. There were quite some members who had something in the pipeline, but nothing to concrete yet.
After our round of introduction, I had a small talk about how Flex, Grails and JMS could be combined into a small chat application. I thought it was a nice application, but due to time constraints, my presentation could have been better… Well, hopefully I’ll have some more preparation time next time!
The second presentation, which was presented by Michel Vollebregt, was great! The presentation described how to use Groovy DSLs, and was a great combination of combining Java + Groovy to create a very readable (at least: from a user perspective) language to calculate savings over the years. A really nice presentation with live coding, which deserves a lot of extra credits, IMO.

All in all, I think the whole evening was great. I’ve met a lot of new people who were all equally enthousiastic about G&G, and I heard a lot of great feedback about the evening. I think it was a big succes, and I’m looking forward to our next meetup in a month or two, which will be hosted by VX company this time. Great work guys!!!

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Dutch Groovy and Grails User Group

Posted on March 16, 2009. Filed under: NLGUG | Tags: , , , , |

At the moment, I’m busy reviving the Dutch Groovy and Grails User Group. The goal is to meet other local Groovy and Grails developers to talk about code, architecture, and lots of innovation. Both beginners and pros are ofcourse welcome!

I’ve already planned the first event, at (probably) May the 1st, which is viewable here

This evening will be an opportunity for software developers to meet people with different experience levels with the language and the framework. It will also be a good way to identify how to help your and other companies by using Grails. The program isn’t carved in stone yet, but if you have some suggestion, let me know!

Furthermore, I’ve setup an Linkedin group, to get an indication of the interest in Groovy and Grails in the Netherlands. You can join that group here.

So I hope you can help me make this a great succes, and let the Dutch GG community have a voice in the Netherlands!

I’m really dedicated to make this work, but I need your help! It would therefor be great if you could all join, so we can organize some interesting session.

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