The one thing you can say about Winnipeg is we have some great Java developers and people using other languages like JRuby, Scala and Clojure on the JVM. I mean what else other than programming is there to do when it’s -30c a good portion of the year! The problem is, we have no gathering place like the Ruby, .NET and Functional Programming guys. There’s no sense of community here.
Lack of community tends to breed developers who only know what they can learn on our own, through colleagues during their 9-5 or via expensive training courses. Winnipeg desperately needs a JVM-based User Group in order for people to learn outside their boundaries of knowledge, for members to share their experience and most importantly for Winnipegers to build a solid community of Java and JVM developers who have a passion for the language and a willingness to meet other like-minded individuals.
So Winnipeg, I bid you “Hello World!”, and I look forward to seeing you at our first meeting which is now in the making. Stay tuned!