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Register for the Java Power Tools Bootcamps 2009 Season!

Organisations may well be slashing IT training budgets this year, but one New Zealand training company is offering a course that many might still find worthwhile.

Wakaleo Consulting, a Wellington-based IT consulting and training firm, is launching the 2009 season of its Java Power Tools Bootcamp. This 5-day intensive course aims at enhancing the productivity of Java development teams, through the use of modern Agile development techniques and best practices, and using open source tools. The course will be touring cities in Australia and New Zealand throughout 2009, with sessions in Europe and the USA also being planned.

The Java Power Tools bootcamps are based on the critically-acclaimed Java Power Tools book, released in 2008 and finalist for the prestigious upcoming 2009 JOLT awards. The course was first run in 2008, following the book's publication, and has proved very popular with students and technical managers. "[The] best development course I have been on in a very long time", said one developer. "[It] will seriously improve our development/build/test lifecycle." Another referred to the course as "a 'must' course for serious Java developers."

Due to popular demand, the 2009 bootcamp has been extended to 5 days, with updated and addtional material.

Unlike many IT training courses, the Java Power Tools bootcamps do not focus on any one technology. Instead it covers a range of practical tools and techniques covering many areas of the software development life cycle. "John has given a very well-run course, with plenty of demonstrations on bleeding-edge Java tools, which spans over project management, development techniques, testing and the build process," said Wayne, a Java developer from Melbourne. Students learn how to use tools like Maven 2 and Nexus to help standardize coding practices within an organisation and to build and release software more efficiently, as well as how to use test-driven development and behaviour-driven development to write more accurate and better tested code. They also learn how to apply and understand code quality metrics to improve developer skills and maintain high coding standards, and how to use Continuous Integration and automated builds to reduce integration issues, improve code quality, and improve communication and collaboration between team members. Some of the tools covered include:

  • Build and release automation with Maven 2 and Nexus
  • Unit and integration testing techniques with JUnit 4, testing with Groovy, easyb, Selenium, and SoapUI
  • Code quality tools like Checkstyle, PMD, FindBugs, and Cobertura
  • Continuous Integration with Subversion and Hudson

All of the tools covered in the course are open source and freely available, though integration with popular commercial tools such as JIRA and Clover is also covered.

This year's courses debut in Sydney in March, and then tour Wellington, Melbourne, Canberra, San Francisco, Auckland, Perth and Brisbane:

  • 23-27 March 2009 - Sydney, Australia
  • 30 March-3 April 2009 - Wellington, New Zealand
  • 20-24 April 2009 - Melbourne, Australia
  • 18-22 May 2009 - Canberra, Australia
  • 8-12 June 2009 - San Francisco, CA
  • 3-7 August 2009 - Auckland, New Zealand
  • 7-11 September 2009 - Perth, Australia
  • 5-9 October 2009 - Brisbane, Australia

Other courses in Europe are also being planned. Wakaleo Consulting also proposes on-site courses tailored to the requirements of individual organisations. Students can view the program details or register online at http://www.wakaleo.com/training. Places are limited so register now!

About Wakaleo Consulting

Wakaleo Consulting is a Wellington-based company founded by Java Power Tools author John Ferguson Smart. It helps organisations all over the world optimize their software development process and improve their development practices, providing consulting, training and mentoring services in Enterprise Java Development, Software Development Life Cycle optimization, Build automation and Agile Methodologies. More information can be found at http://www.wakaleo.com.


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