2009-12-26 Update

We had a Chicago Java Users Group meeting a few weeks ago. It went pretty well. Sten Anderson from CityTech talked about JavaFX, and Thomas Aikman from TransTech gave a speech on interviewing. One of my goals for CJUG is to have more than one presentation each meeting. I would also like to have some “business-related” presentations containing content to help members get and/or keep their jobs in today’s economic climate. Due to the recession, we will have to learn to do some of the things we went into software to avoid.

Some of the other meetings I went to were also pretty good. The guy who runs the Chicago GTUG also has a site about alternative energy called Bio Fuel Expo. I am hoping to find some way to use Java technology to promote alternative energy and mitigate climate change. In the past, every time I ask myself, “What can a Java developer do to reverse global warming and climate change?”, the only answer I come up with is, “Turn off the computer.” That would make producing an income rather difficult.

Image from Wikimedia, assumed allowed under Fair Use. Illustration of Theophilus and body of Timothy from Alexandrian World Chronicle, 5th century Greek chronicle.