Over the weekend the second DevFest Istanbul conference took place. It is a sign of the growing uptake of NetBeans above and beyond its traditional users that there was also a big NetBeans element. It is the second time it has been run and about 3000 people attended.
There were two talks on NetBeans, an introductory talk on reasons to use NetBeans...
and a detailed tutorial on writing web applications with NetBeans, with a fully packed room of 800 attendees:
All the talks were recorded so will be available in the near future.
NetBeans was represented with a NetBeans stand where NetBeans product manager Geertjan Wielenga spent the day answering questions from potential, new and established NetBeans users. It was very busy at times, so it was lucky that two members of the NetBeans Dream team, Martijn Verburg and Mark Stephens, were at the conference and able to help out.
There was also an impromptu session (on beanbags!) about writing plugins and applications in NetBeans and very excited to learn about developments. Running alongside the conference was a MineCraft hacking event (organized by EPIK) for parents and kids to work together on hacking MineCraft and parents to learn how to organize their own events.
Several NetBeans partners were present, with IDRsolutions, PrimeFaces, and Vaadin taking stands, doing presentations, and talking about their products together with NetBeans.
There was also some good discussions with several groups on enhancements and new ideas for NetBeans plugins.
Recordings were also made for the next NetBeans community podcast. Stay tuned!
Several invitations were issued by several other usergroups and universities, keen to organize events with NetBeans in Turkey so this could be the start of several regular NetBeans events in Turkey!
More on this conference here: