Aug 5, 2013

Java User Group Meeting: Thursday, August 15th @ 6:30 PM

The next meeting of the Memphis Java User Group will be held August 15th, Thursday at 6:30 pm.

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Our talk this month is It's the End of the Cloud as We Know It by Matt Stine.

About the talk:
In recent years, the cloud has gone from Larry Ellison's "Maybe I'm an idiot, but I have no idea what anyone is talking about," to Microsoft's "TO THE CLOUD!" to a central part of many companies IT strategy. At the same time, the way that we consume the cloud has continued to evolve. Many of today's cloud efforts revolve around utilization of various "infrastructure as code" products (e.g. Puppet and Chef) and homegrown automation to create deployment pipelines. When we start at this level, we often end up reinventing many of the same wheels as we climb the abstraction hierarchy.
Wouldn't it be great if we could start with "application" as our central abstraction rather than machine? Wouldn't it be awesome if we could just "push an app?" And at the same time, wouldn't it be great if we could work with that abstraction within the context of ANY infrastructure service provider (e.g. AWS, OpenStack, vSphere)? Guess what. YOU CAN.
About our speaker:
Matt Stine is a Community Engineer with Cloud Foundry ( by Pivotal ( He is a twelve year veteran of the enterprise software and web development industries, with experience spanning the healthcare, biomedical research, e-commerce, retail store, and insurance domains. 
Matt is obsessed with the idea that enterprise IT “doesn’t have to suck,” and spends much of his time thinking about lean/agile software development methodologies, DevOps, architectural principles/patterns/practices, and programming paradigms in an attempt to find the perfect storm of techniques that will allow corporate IT departments to not only function like startup companies, but also create software that delights users while maintaining a high degree of conceptual integrity. 
Matt has spoken at conferences ranging from JavaOne to CodeMash and serves as Technical Editor of NFJS the Magazine ( Matt is also the founder of the Memphis/Mid-South Java User Group.
We are meeting at Southwest Tennessee Community College, 5983 Macon Cove Memphis, TN 38134. From I-40, exit at Sycamore View Road. Turn right at Macon road, then continue to the campus entrance. Take a left at the next road, then turn right.

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We will be meeting in the Fulton Auditorium.  The Fulton building is the first building you will pass on your right once you are on campus.  The auditorium will be on the west side of the building.

Please tell anyone at your company or school who might be interested!