The “No Fluff, Just Stuff” Java Symposium is back in Milwaukee on April 16-18th at the Sheraton Milwaukee Brookfield Hotel (can you say free Wi-Fi). I attended the symposium last year and had a blast – I had several friends at JavaOne and I think I got more out of the 3-day session than they did at JavaOne.
If you’ve never heard about “No Fluff, Just Stuff” Java Symposium, this is a must-attend event. The symposium is very technically focused, without any marketing fluff and the attendance is capped at 200. You get the meet some of the thought leaders and book authors in the Java/J2EE/development space and really engage in meaningful conversation. At last year’s event, I had the pleasure of meeting people like Dave Thomas, Robert Martin, Stuart Halloway, Mike Clark, Ted Neward, Jason Hunter, James Duncan Davidson, Glenn Vanderburg and many others. The sessions typically start on Friday and go through Sunday and so you are not really missing much work. This is really smart as companies can send their entire development team down for the symposium. In fact, I met tons of people at the symposium last year that were there with their whole development team.
The sessions are very technical and interactive and I really got a lot out of the sessions. I would recommend this symposium to anyone and I plan on attending this year’s sessions as well. In addition to the other speakers, you can also check out local Java geeks like Cobbie Behrend who is presenting on Struts. Sign up if the “No Fluff, Just Stuff” Java Symposium comes to your town. Jay Zimmerman and crew did a great job organizing the event and I’m sure this year will be better than the last.