December 23, 2010

Events and Meetups of 2010

As a software developer, I am active in my membership in some developer groups and in attending their events and meetups. I have been mosty active in Google Technology User Group Philippines (GTUGPH) and in the Association of Filipino Java Developers(PinoyJUG).

I attended all the meetups of GTUGPH. The first was the February 19 Android meetup in Room 3302 of Smart Tower, Ayala Avenue, Makati City with Miguel Paraz and Marc Lester Tan. The group had another meetup last March 10 with Dan Delima, Software Engineer from Google Japan and Christine Songco, Technical Program Manager, Developer Relations, Google Inc. about Google Visualizations API, Google App Engine (GAE) and Google Web Toolkit (GWT) at the G2iX Techbar (5F Orient Square Bldg. F. Ortigas Jr. Rd., Ortigas Center, Pasig City).

I was also present at the August 14 chill-out meetup at Cafe 5845 (Mall of Asia) and the September 14 meetup with Dan Delima at Gerry's Grill Glorietta 5. Last October 14, another meetup was held at the office of Proximity Philippines / BBDO Guerrero (11/F Insular Life Bldg, Ayala Ave., Makati City with JP Loh (HTML5 Websockets), Miguel Paraz (Web Runtime Development on Android) and Allan Ortile (Google Apps). After the talks, there was a demo of the Android-powered smartphones and tablet from Cherry Mobile, courtesy of Reggie Ramos.

Finally, I attended the Geo 3D meetup with Google Geo product manager, Bruce Polderman, and Geo community advocate, Nicole Drobeck last December 1. It was held at the office of Orange and Bronze Software Labs, Inc.

PinoyJUG had four meetups this year and I attended only three. Its first meetup was the Selenium and Spring Technology meetup last January 29 at the G2iX Techbar with Aaron Tinio (a senior QA engineer at G2iX and specializes on test automation using Selenium and Ruby) and Jasper Blues (a software engineer at ValueCommerce Phils, and the founder and lead developer of Spring Ldap-ODM). The second was the February 26 JMeter meetup at the Orange and Bronze office with the topics "Introduction to JMeter" by Brian Tan Seng and "RMI Plugin for JMeter" by JM Ibanez.

The only meetup I was not able to attend, the April 27 meetup at the G2ix TechBar ("Profiling and Heap Analysis" by Franz See and "Client-Side Performance" by Alvin De Leon), was the third. On November 3, the last meetup for the year was held at the G2iX TechBar with the topics "Common Pitfalls Experienced in Java" by Julz Cutaran and "Dive Into Agile: What Your Scrum Master Didn't Tell You" by Michael Mallete.

Aside from these events and meetups, I also attended two developer events this year. The first one is DevCon Luzon at Function Room 1, SMX Convention Center last February 9. DevCon (Developers Connect) events are gatherings designed to facilitate interaction among the software and web development professionals. I was also a part of DevFest 2010 Manila. DevFest is a free Google-sponsored event where you can learn about Google technologies and other developer-related stuff.

There are some events I had missed due to various reasons. I do hope to attend more events next year, especially those that I haven't attended yet.

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