The Grand Rapids Java Users Group is an organization whose mission is to provide developers a platform to teach and learn. GRJUG also aims to help members create lasting personal and professional connections through meetups and online discussions. The group, organized by Carlus Henry, was established in 2012 and currently has over 200 members in the Grand Rapids area. Because Bravo LT values strengthening Grand Rapids’ STEM community, we were excited to host the group’s first meetup in over a year at our facilities on March 16, 2016.
To kick off the event, GRJUG members networked while enjoying Jet’s Pizza—a Bravo LT favorite! Our Account Executive Joe also raffled off gift cards for Michigan-based Biggby Coffee, and each developer in attendance also received some sweet Bravo LT swag!
In his presentation, “Spring Boot: Making Java Development Fast and Fun,” speaker Kevin Greene discussed his four-year-long experience with Spring, a Java framework, developed by Pivotal, that is most widely known for its Object-Relational Mapping features and popularizing the concept of Dependency Injection. Greene explained how Spring Boot, which provides tools that speed up and simplify “bootstrapping” projects/micro-services, can be used with Java for a powerful, flexible, and light framework that makes for fast and easy prototyping and reduced time to market.
We had such a great time meeting members of the Grand Rapids developer network. Thank you to everyone who participated in the event. Bravo LT loves being involved in community events, and we can’t wait to work with GRJUG again!