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I Love JUGs

I attended the Detroit Java User's Group meeting at ePrize in Pleasant Ridge last night.

See the Google Group for details on the organization, and the Yahoo Group for the mailing list. All you need to do to join the user group is add yourself to the mailing list.

The meeting was a good opportunity to connect with my fellow software nerds, and boasted a pretty good mix of different perspectives and skills. Many of the attendees were people who coded mainly in languages other than Java, including Groovy, Scala, Grails and Flex. One of the participants was a physicist working on a 3D visualization and site navigation interface, which struck me as a particularly interesting project.

The common use of other languages raised an interesting point that we discussed briefly - is Java on the way out? The consensus (which is something I heard from the Java Posse podcast some months ago) is that Java-as-a-language may or may not be, but Java-as-a-platform seems to be gaining ground. The evi…