Java User Group

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A Java User Group (JUG) is a community of users of the Java programming language. Most JUGs are geographically bound, such as SouJava (Brazil), LJC (London, UK), PhillyJUG (Philadelphia, USA), MoroccoJUG (Morocco) and JUGChennai (India).

Typically, members of a JUG support each other through:

  • regular meetings (e.g. monthly)
  • mailing lists
  • a collaborative website or wiki
  • study groups for Java certification exams

Like other technology user groups, many JUGs cover costs by meeting in educational or community spaces (e.g. university lecture halls) and/or asking local companies to sponsor individual meetings.

In 2001, the BeJUG (Belgium Java User Group) created Javapolis, a vendor-independent conference. Javapolis was renamed to Devoxx in 2008. Devoxx is one of the biggest independent conference for the Java community in Europe with 3300 attendees in 2011.

In 2011, two Java User Groups were elected to the Java Community Process Executive Committee, the first time that user groups have been directly represented at the highest levels of the Java ecosystem.

In 2012, the ParisJUG (Paris Java User Group) created Devoxx France, a conference dedicated to the Java French-speaking community.

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