Women In Java hosted their first meetup which featured Holly Cummins and Trisha Gee. This group was founded by Caris Young who has done an incredible job of getting approximately 50 tech females all in one place!
Holly Cummins presented her Cuddly Throwable Application Server; it was a great introduction to the internet of things and how computers such as Raspberry Pi’s and Arduino’s are small enough to hide anywhere. She talked through all the troubles that she encountered throughout the process. One quote she mentioned to describe the problems that she ran into was by Thomas Edison , “I have not failed. I have just found 10,000 ways that won’t work”. From this, she portrayed that unless you try and are prepared to fail, you are not going to learn. However, this hobby does not come cheaply!
Trisha Gee demonstrated a live application that consumed a real-time twitter feed using Java 8 and Java 9 in anger. This data was displayed on a JavaFX dashboard. Having never experienced JavaFX, it was interesting to learn about how this is so readily pluggable to a Java backend. It was also refreshing to see some of the upcoming functions in Java 9 that will be very useful seeing as some companies are only just moving to use Java 8!
A big thank you to Caris Young and her team at KnowIt for organising this session.