Another year, another great Dallas TechFest event…
There were some great new speakers, Ken Sipe was my favorite with his Gradle talks. Â The story on Gradle is one worth listening to, regardless, of how ingrained Ant or Maven are at yourÂ organization. Â The best place to go if you’re new to Gradle is their website. The Gradle documentation is great. Â Java “developer-types” can start with this Gradle tutorial geared to building Java projects.
There were also some great returning speakers, I especially liked Arun Gupta, with his Java EE Workshop. Â A few years ago, I wouldn’t consider starting a new enterprise Java application without the Spring stack. Â To be honest, in my mind, Spring == Enterprise Java. Â However, after seeing Arun’s talks the last two years, Oracle and the Java EE 6 stack have rapidly closed the gap on SpringSource, and now just might have a story to tell in the enterprise development space. Â I highlyÂ recommendÂ you follow Arun on Twitter, or subscribe to his blog. Â The content is outstanding and the current Java EE story is really impressive.
This was my first year as a presenter at TechFest, after having been involved as an organizer the past 4 years. Â I gave a double session on The Grails Framework. Â The attendees were great. Â Lots of great participation and an all-around good time was had by all. Don’t forget to tell Tim that you want him to use the website we built next year. Â 😉