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Successful Java Meetup last Friday – feedback wanted!

June 7th, 2009 by

Last Friday we had another successful Java Meetup. This time we changed the format a bit to include two (very) short presentations. I didn’t want these presentations to take place in a boring office location or some kind of conference venue, so instead we settled for Werck, a nice bar and restaurant next to the Anne Frank House in central Amsterdam.

The venue certainly is nice, but the noise was a bit too much to be able to follow the presentations okay. I did howver like the idea of having a bar not more than 5 meters away from the guys presenting, so nobody had to move during the breaks to get drinks.

I’m looking for a better place next time, as I believe the concept is good (having two short, 30 minute presentations and drinks at the same time), but we definitely have to take care of sounds situation somehow.

So, if you have any suggestions to a place (bar, restaurant, something similar) that can accommodate 50 people or so standing up and looking at a presentation, with a bar in the same room, I’d be happy to hear from you! I definitely do not want to move to an office or some other conference-type venue. It’s a Friday afternoon / evening event, so it should be informal as much as possible.

About the raffle that we did for a free JAOO ticket, Iben will get back to you if you’ve won. I’ll probably send out a summary email later or post on this blog about this as well.

Ah, one final thing. Some people weren’t aware we have a Google Group for these meetings. Please subscribe to the Dutch Developer Meetup Google Group if you haven’t already done so. It’s a low traffic mailing list, just focused on announcing the meetups.

Thanks to Iwein, Chris and Uri by the way for doing presentations on tc Server and Solr. Make sure to check out both technologies. For tc Server, refer to SpringSource’s website and when it comes to Solr and the Solr Explorer, have a look at

One Response

  1. June 9, 2009 at 15:01 by Bram Smeets

    I also liked the new format and the change of location. However, agree on the noise and will think about alternative locations.
    I also think it is a good idea to start scheduling sessions for the next time. What I would like to hear more about is what are you guys doing, what are the problems you face and how do you deal with them. I think it will be interesting to hear and learn from each other instead of having presentations on a specific topic. Hey, maybe we could even present a current problem and try to tackle it together 😉