Last month, I had the the South Africa’s Java Day. The event was organised by the Jozi JUG, the Johannesburg JUG, and was supported by the local Oracle branch. The event was held on a Saturday and had around 150 attendees, so a very good turnout!
The agenda (see here ) had a nice mix of topics with speakers from the Jozi JUG and Simon and myself from Oracle. Given the recent Java SE 8 launch, the spotlight was clearly on Java SE. I took care of the Java EE section.
It was my first trip to South Africa, it’s relatively pleasant to fly to Johannesburg despite the 9000Km between Belgium and Johannesburg. There are several reasons for that; the plane itself, an Airbus A380. In fact, it seems that the major European carriers (Lufthansa, Air France and British Airways) are all deserving Johannesburg using A380’s.
Overall, the Jozi JUG put together a really nice event. Kudos to Richard Kolb, Michael Williams, Mark Clarke, Marius Kruger and the rest of the Team!My stay in South Africa was very short, i.e. less than 72h. I have to thanks Mark Clarke who took the time to visit with me the Lion Park a few hours before my departure. Thanks Mark! Let’s try to meet again in Belgium during Devoxx.