World’s First Online Java User Group Celebrates Its One-year Anniversary

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vJUG Grows to More than 2,000 Members in 85 Countries

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We’re seeing our online community grow month-over-month and the rich content and expert knowledge that is shared is unmatched. We look forward to mingling with community members at the GeekOut UK event and online in the months and years ahead

The world’s first Virtual Java User Group (vJUG), turns one-year-old today. Led by Simon Maple and sponsored by RebelLabs, the community content and research arm of ZeroTurnaround, vJUG has quickly grown to more than 2,000 Java enthusiasts. vJUG members hail from all around the world, brought together by a common desire to help shape the future of the Java programming language and promote its use for mission-critical applications.

Prior to the launch of vJUG in October 2013, there was no convenient way for developers interested in being involved in the global Java community to participant if they didn’t live near a local JUG. Simon Maple, technical evangelist at ZeroTurnaround set out to correct this geographical limitation by founding the industry’s first online JUG accessible to everyone.

“I love this community – chatting and networking with like-minded geeks talking tech and sharing ideas,” said Simon Maple. “The response to vJUG has been overwhelmingly positive. We’re seeing our online community grow month-over-month and the rich content and expert knowledge that is shared is unmatched. We look forward to mingling with community members at the GeekOut UK event and online in the months and years ahead.”

Since its launch one year ago, vJUG has hosted 22 sessions that have generated 55,000 page views and replays. The most viewed session, “55 New Features in Java SE 8” presented by Simon Ritter, the head of Java evangelism at Oracle, received 13,000 views. vJUG is also a proud community sponsor of GeekOut 2014, the developer productivity conference taking place Oct. 16, 2014 in London.

Java enthusiasts that want to learn more about Java and surrounding technologies are encouraged to join vJUG by visiting http://virtualjug.com/

About RebelLabs
RebelLabs is the technical content and community site for Java developers sponsored by ZeroTurnaround. The goal of RebelLabs is to educate, challenge and entertain the Java community by producing high-quality, vendor-agnostic content on topics that are most important to software engineers. Through its rich and diverse content, openness and humor, RebelLabs encourages others to write, read and share original content. Follow the conversations and share your ideas @RebelLabs.

About ZeroTurnaround
ZeroTurnaround makes revolutionary tools for developing quality software faster. With its award-winning JRebel and XRebel products, ZeroTurnaround is transforming how software is created, enabling development teams to build, inspect and error-proof quality software with considerably less downtime. Founded in 2007, today ZeroTurnaround’s technologies are used by more than 3,500 enterprise teams in 80 countries, including 25 percent of the Fortune 100. For more information, visit zeroturnaround.com or follow @zeroturnaround on Twitter.

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