June 5, 2018 • Amanda Pullman

A Look into Smart’s Richmond Java Users Group Meet-up


At Smart Resources, we pride ourselves on being part of Richmond’s tech community. Events that bring together IT professionals to discuss the latest techniques and hot topics are a core part of our development and help tech pros across industries learn and grow. For us, this ranges from attending career fairs to learning through user groups and much more.

On May 16th, the Smart team had the honor of sponsoring the Richmond Java Users Group meet-up at the EAB engineering office. The group is a forum for Java professionals and enthusiasts to discuss current trends in Java, JVM-hosted languages and software development practices. Their monthly events are also a great way to network with others in the Richmond area.

Our Key Takeaways

The event featured special guest speaker Matt Raible, a web developer, Java Champion, and Developer Advocate at Okta. Matt is well-known in the Java community for helping developers to learn, adopt, and efficiently use open source frameworks. He’s spoken at conferences across the globe, such as Devoxx Belgium, Devoxx France, Jfokus, and JavaOne.

Matt presented “Bootiful Development with Spring Boot and React,” which taught users how to develop with Java 8, Spring Boot, React, and Typescript. Attendees learned how to create REST endpoints with Spring MVC, configure Spring Boot to allow CORS, and create a React app to display its data. Learning the skills to simplify development and deployment is highly valuable in today’s competitive market.

Looking to the Future

Creating strong relationships within your local tech community can boost the trajectory of your career. Events like those held by the Richmond Java Users Group are great opportunities to connect with a network of like-minded individuals and to build new skills. These meet-ups also serve as resources to ask about questions or problems that you’re facing in your current role.

Are you interested in getting involved with the tech community? Check out our upcoming Richmond events.

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