Back from JUG Paris. It was almost a conference (~200 attendees). It was my first time in Paris -> I really like the city. Although I was said to got some competition by the football world championships, the room was packed.I predicted France to become the football world champion (I'm a true football expert :-)) - the attendees liked my expertise in this area.I started with slides and ended in the IDE. What I really enjoyed - was the amount of good questions (from AOP, to SmallTalk). The situation escalated in the breaks, where some attendees asked me several questions at the same time concurrently. These questions were the best. In the last part I build a JUG Management System with CDI, EJB 3, JPA, REST (JSON+XML), a bit security, Servlets and in the last two minutes I introduced JSF 2. Because of time, I started to answer questions in the IDE :-).
After the session we spend about 2 hours in restaurant and another 2 hours in a bar - still discussing Java EE, Clustering, Failover, scalability, private / public Clouds Java, even JINI. We discussed 98% Java and 2% private stuff (like the relation of a freelancer to vacations :-)). Paris JUG is really well organized - and all participant seem to have lots of fun. Really enjoyed that. Already looking forward to SophiaConf in Nice. What also interesting - there is a female group of Java Hackers in Paris. This could be the beginning of a female Java Champions division as well.