The first Spring User Group (SUG) event was held in Manchester on the 8th April at the Core Technology Centre in Manchester (a superb venue for anyone looking to hold an event in the North West). 46 people attended, which was fantastic for the first event and the feedback was all very positive. Attendees travelled from as far a field as Glasgow, Southport, the Midlands as well as Manchester and surrounding areas.
We tried a new ice-breaker for the Spring User Group meetings. It's called "Ask Jan" -- the attendees select two from a list of five topics they'd like me to talk about. Then I have some time to prepare short 5 - 10 minute talks on the selected subject. At the SUG meeting on 12th November, the areas were:
It is that time of the month again -- time to meet up at the Spring User Group in London. At this meeting, you will have a chance to listen to Sam Brannen speak about the dm Server and I will give introduction to the new Spring Workflow Extension. We're all looking forward to seeing you on Wednesday 12th November at the Skills Matter offices -- all you have to do is to register. If you are on LinkedIn, you can join the Spring User Group.
We've now ordered a new sub-domain area51.devcake.co.uk. As you can guess from its name, we will publish all experimental code there. In fact, this will give you a read-only access to a subset of our subversion repository. You will be able to download any code that we are thinking about donating to the community, but is not yet up to scratch. The code will work, but it may not be completely documented and it may not have complete unit and integration test coverage. The first project to appear in area 51 will be the Workflow SpringModule, which we first introduced on Friday at the Spring User Group meeting in London.