Java conference to attract 500 developers

Java conference to attract 500 developers
By Cian Ginty

The first Irish Java Technology Conference (IJTC) in three years is to take place in just over two weeks at the Cineworld Complex, Parnell Street, Dublin.

The event, which is expected to attract over 500 software developers and students, is spread across three days from 7-9 November. It is organised by in association with the Dublin Java User Group.

Proceedings will kick off on Wednesday, 7 November with an opening keynote address, followed by a panel discussion, ‘Through the looking glass’, chaired by ENN’s own Ralph Averbuch.

Thursday, 8 November and Friday, 9 November will see 23 lectures by 18 guest speakers, covering enterprise, web, desktop and mobile development, along with areas such as the iPhone, robotics, and Sun Microsystems’ Sun Spot project (or small programmable object technology). The speakers come from a range of companies and groups such as Iona Technologies, Sun, Apache, Red Hat, Interface21, and Microsoft.

The organisers said that the IJTC is “100 percent community owned and driven”. They also noted how rival firms — Sun and Microsoft — set aside market differences to support innovation and the Irish technology community.

Graduates with Java skills are increasingly sought after in Ireland, according to Stephen Kirk from CPL Recruitment. “Today, there is a strong demand for Java skills in the Irish software industry and at CPL we are experiencing market growth fuelled by new Java technologies and platform frameworks.”

Registration for the conference via costs EUR189. The event is sponsored by AOL Ireland, Sun Microsystems, Microsoft Ireland, CPL Resources, Hosting 365, Iona Technologies, Data Edge, and Xoetrope.

The Dublin Java User Group is a 160-strong voluntary organisation that aims to provide a forum for discussion of Java issues amongst developers, users, and IT professionals. is an online news channel for Irish developers.

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