"Making Java Groovy" with Ken Kousen

  • January 9, 2014 · 7:00 PM

Hi All,

I'm pleased to announce the initial Meetup of 2014: an evening with Ken Kousen! Ken will be be presenting "Making Java Groovy": 

Groovy isn't designed to replace Java—it works with Java to make development simpler. This presentation looks at typical tasks Java developers do—such as testing, working with databases, and using RESTful Web services—and shows how adding Groovy to the mix can make your job easier. 

Dr. Kousen is the author of the Manning book "Making Java Groovy" and has presented on Java- and Groovy-related topics for several years. Through his company Kousen IT, Inc., he does consulting, technical training, and mentoring in a wide range of topics, specializing in Java, Groovy, Grails, Spring, Hibernate, and Android. He is an active member of the No Fluff, Just Stuff conference tour, and was recently named a 2013 JavaOne Rock Star. 

Ken will graciously bring several copies of "Making Java Groovy" on hand that we'll raffle off during the talk. The raffle will also have a grand prize: the winner will receive a free ticket to No Fluff Just Stuff conference here in Boston on February 28th to March 2nd. 

More information on the Boston NFJS can be found here: 


As usual, we'll have pizza and drinks available. Doors open at 6:30pm, show starts around 7. Hope to see you all there; it should be exciting!



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  • Kenneth K.

    Some links:

    "Making Java Groovy" presentation at slideshare.net: http://www.slideshare.net/kouse...­ (mostly what I covered in our talk)

    A blog post about my "Open Weather" example: http://kousenit.wordpress.com/2...­

    Source code repo:
    https://github.com/kousen/Making...­ (complete book; Groovy by Feature is Appendix B, Groovy by Example is chapter 2)

    Let me know if you need anything else,


    January 19, 2014

  • Kenneth K.

    The coupon code 'bgrail' (singular) now gives a 50% discount on my book (http://manning.com/kousen­) at Manning. After you add it to the shopping cart, look for the "coupon code" section. I don't know how long this will work, but it's active now. :)

    January 14, 2014

  • Santosh G G.

    Awesome talk and food :).
    When should we expect to get the google docs link?

    January 13, 2014

    • Steve P.

      Ah! I posted it in the comments, will send an email now

      January 13, 2014

  • Kiran B.

    Can't make it :(. Are the slides gonna be posted some where? Or maybe video?

    January 9, 2014

    • Steve P.

      We should have some notes and slides, but unfortunately no video. I'll look into sending some things out asap

      January 10, 2014

    • Kiran B.

      Thank you Steve

      January 10, 2014

  • Kyle G.

    Well organized. Looking forward to the next gathering!

    January 10, 2014

  • Ryan M.

    Great food, great speaker, great attendees! Thank you!

    January 10, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Wicked Awesome !

    January 9, 2014

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