Sun's Java User Groups Skyrocket by Over 150%

3/9/2004 - Over the last year, participation in Sun Microsystems' Java developer communities has skyrocketed. Membership in Java User Groups (JUGs) has grown by over 150 percent since the beginning of 2003, with the number of JUGs increasing by 100 percent in the same timeframe. More than 600 JUGs worldwide meet regularly to share ideas and insights on Java technology and Sun products.

"I am pleased to see Sun support a user group program. We find it valuable to participate in several of the Sun user groups including Java development, Application servers, and Portal," said Brent Baker, Manager of J2EE Application Hosting, Office of Information Technology, State of New Jersey. "Sun encourages developer feedback through its Java User Group support and also gives us as customers the opportunity to help steer the direction of Sun product development."

Sun has been fostering Java developer communities around the world through aggressive Java User Group support across both Java technology and Sun Java Enterprise System components. For example, the Sun Developer Network (SDN) program offers special services to the top 25 Java User Groups worldwide. These JUGs provide developers with a forum to share best practices and to provide direction into Sun's product and technology development strategy.

"User groups provide an added layer of support for our customers through peer interactions that involve sharing best practices, code tips and even successful business models," said Mike Bellissimo, senior director, Sun Developer Outreach. "User Groups give customers a chance to hear directly from the product groups at Sun as well as offer their feedback to the product teams that directly affect the next generation of products."

Sun is committed to supporting the formation of new groups as well as ongoing support of existing JUGs on topics including Network Identity, the Java Enterprise System, and Java development tools.

"Sun facilitates peer-to-peer support by helping grow, fund and staff worldwide user group meetings for Java technology and Sun software products," said Chad Klunck, senior directory architect and member of the Sun Network Identity User Group. "Through Sun and, developers have better access to the training, support and technology they need to stay competitive and deliver applications and systems solutions faster."

To join the Sun Developer Network program; find information on Java User Groups in your area; and receive the most up-to-date developer information on Java, Solaris, and Sun's software technologies, visit Developers can also prepare for exciting new Java technologies at the upcoming JavaOne 2004 Conference, the world's largest Java developer gathering, scheduled for the week of June 28, 2004. Registration information is available at

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