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New Meetup: The Colorado Springs Open Source Software Meetup Group Monthly Meetup

From: Gary
Sent on: Monday, June 21, 2010 11:35 AM
Announcing a new Meetup for The Colorado Springs Open Source Software Meetup Group!

What: The Colorado Springs Open Source Software Meetup Group Monthly Meetup

When: Thursday, June 24,[masked]:00 PM

East Library Community Room
5550 North Union Blvd
Colorado Springs, CO 80908

6:00 - 6:30 PM - Food, Drinks & Networking
6:30 - 6:40 PM - Announcements
6:40 - 7:10 PM - Basic Concepts
7:10 - 7:20 PM - Break
7:20 - 8:40 PM - Main Speaker
8:40 - 8:55 PM - Door Prize Drawings


Here's a question I get a lot: "Another framework!? Really? I use Spring and it works great for me. Why should I use yet another framework?"

The answer is simple, overhead. The core idea of any good framework is to reduce code overhead and make coding simple. That is the core principle of JCatapult. It is designed to make your life simpler and make coding faster. It attempts to reduce code overhead through a number of features including:

  • A modern MVC with support for type conversions, generics, validation, REST, AJAX, etc.
  • A security system
  • JPA support
  • Dependency injection
  • Testing support
  • Etc.

This presentation will cover the basics of JCatapult and build a simple web form that uses the JCatapult MVC.

Brian Pontarelli

Brian Pontarelli is the CEO of Inversoft, a Colorado based software company. In addition to Inversoft, Brian works on many open source projects including JCatapult, Savant and commons. In the past, he was the president of the Chicago Java User Group and an enterprise architect for Orbitz.

Brian has been programming for many years and works primarily with Java. He has published various articles in both print and online magazines and was a speaker on the No Fluff Just Stuff conference series for 2 years. Currently, Brian is helping Inversoft develop software products in Java that help companies filter, moderate and monitor User Generated Content.

Creative Commons Licensing

Open source licenses are great for code but they aren't always appropriate for less technical works like books, videos or graphics. Creative Commons licenses were created as a standard set of licenses to allow for more access without giving up complete control of the licensed works. This talk will go over the different types of Creative Commons licenses and show examples of distribution methods that take advantage of more open licenses.

Tim Flink

Tim is a software developer in Colorado Springs. He has worked as an electrical engineer and developer in the US and Japan on medical device prototypes, hybrid vehicles and software testing frameworks. He got started making videos in high school and gained an interest in Creative Commons as a method for distributing those videos. Tim also helps the open source group with videotaping of the monthly meetings.

Website Sponsor:
Homeland Security Careers
Food Sponsor:
Door Prize Sponsors:
Jetbrains Software license (Several products to choose from)
JavaRebel Software license
Atlassian Technical books or Food
OReilly Publishing Technical books

Learn more here:

Our Sponsors

  • HSC Careers

    HSC Careers pays for our web page on

  • TEKSystems

    TEKSystems is one of our quarterly food sponsors.

  • Apex Systems

    Apex Systems is sponsoring food and drinks once a quarter for the group.

  • Blackstone Technology Group

    Blackstone Technology group is a quarterly food sponsor for the group.

  • OReilly

    OReilly provides discounts and book door prizes for our monthly meetings

  • Atlassian

    Atlassian provides free software licenses for Open Source projects.

  • JetBrains

    JetBrains supplies a free license for a door prize for our group monthly

  • Pearson Education (Books)

    35% off books USERGROUP 40% off 2 Products IUG240 45% off Digital IUGD45

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