Thursday, July 23, 2009

We have a US Groovy/Grails/Griffon Conference!

But let's not blow it!

A while back I wrote about the need for a US conference dedicated to the G3 technologies. Well, now there's one scheduled! You've probably already heard about the SpringOne 2GX (I know it should be 3GX, but names are hard to change sometimes, so we'll cut them some slack :-).

This conference will be a two-for-one deal. You can sign up for either the SpringOne or the 2GX (Groovy / Grails Experience) and you get to go to both. Which means that there will be 8 concurrent sessions to choose from. Ouch! That's going to hurt when I try to split myself into pieces to go to more than one at a time.

The speaker line-up is fantastic. I won't try to list all of them all here, but the three Gs are well represented, with 20 different speakers on the Groovy / Grails / Griffon side and even more on the Spring side. You can see the full list on the website.

But the sessions are only part of the picture. The interaction with speakers and other attendees during breaks and meals is the part that just can't be reproduced or replaced. You may be able to find a book that covers some of the topics, but you won't find a book that contains that great conversation you had with the creator of your favorite tool or framework.

So why did I start this post off with the warning to not blow it? Well, you may have noticed that the economy isn't doing all that great lately. You may have also noticed that many conferences and training events have been canceled due to lack of attendance. I don't think that would happen with the SpringOne 2GX -- but why take the chance? If we want these types of events to continue, we need to support them. So if you haven't registered yet, head over to and register. The early bird pricing, which will save you $400, ends July 31st! Why wait? You can save a good chunk of change while at the same time telling the organizers that they might as well start planning the next one!

You can also help by getting the word out. Tell your co-workers, colleagues, friends, neighbors, etc.

This is going to be an excellent conference. It will be way less crowded than JavaOne, and with much better sessions and overall experience. And it's cheaper to boot! There's just no good reason to miss this event. I hope to see you there!