A Fantastically Fun February at Jfokus 2020 and the Rocky Mountain JUGs
Jfokus is one of my favorite conferences in the world. It takes place in Stockholm, Sweden, during one of the coldest months of the year. As a native Montanan, I love the winter season and skiing. It was with great pleasure that I returned to Jfokus as a speaker this year, after skipping the last couple of years.
True story: the last time I was at Jfokus was 2017, and Okta had just acquired Stormpath. I negotiated my Okta employment terms in the Radisson Blu lobby!
I gave three talks this year: two on the main stage during Jfokus and one at Jforum Stockholm on Tuesday evening.
You can find my presentations below.
Jfokus also published recordings of my main-stage sessions on YouTube.
After Jfokus, the organizers planned a speaker's conference at Trysil Ski Area. There wasn't a ton of snow, but the groomers were fast, and they had a 45° double black!
I had my GoPro and shot some footage of the fun.
The beer tasting and dinner that evening at Kveik Restaurant & Brewpub was excellent!
Beer tasting at Kveik Restaurant & Brewpub in Trysil, Norway. ?? #jfokus #speakerconf pic.twitter.com/CR8t2fjmR6— Matt Raible (@mraible) February 6, 2020
Friday was a gorgeous day on the slopes, and Saturday was the opposite.
Yesterday versus today. #whiteout #skiing #jfokus #speakerconf #day15 pic.twitter.com/L7ynGv0Umt— Matt Raible (@mraible) February 8, 2020
I had a marvelous time at Jfokus 2020! Thanks to Mattias Karlsson and crew for a exquisite experience! 👌
Rocky Mountain JUG Tour with Ray Tsang
I flew back to Denver on Sunday, February 9th. The next day, I woke up early for a Developer Ski Day at Eldora. Stout the Syncro was not a big supporter of the event.
Doh! Just when I thought my Syncro Westy was doing great, something breaks. Loud thump like I'd run over something, then a knocking while driving. I'm guessing it's a ball joint in the front.— Matt Raible (@mraible) February 10, 2020
Currently waiting for a tow from AAA.
Heckuva start to #DevSkiDay! #VanLife pic.twitter.com/2KMUZSTdtX
Once I made it on the slopes, we had a ball with Christina, Ben, Robert, and Joel.
On Tuesday, Ray and I prepared for our Rocky Mountain JUG Tour consisting of stops in Boulder, Denver, and Salt Lake City. I met him at a Google Boulder office and delighted in the VW decorations.
Our talk was titled Choose Your Own Adventure with JHipster and Kubernetes. We used JHipster to build and deploy whatever technologies the audience chose. We let them choose the database, the build tool, the JVM language, the web framework, and the architecture (monolith vs microservices). After we created the apps, I showed them running, and made them work with Okta. Ray took it from there and used JHipster's Kubernetes generator to add (or exclude) Istio and deploy everything to Google Cloud. When all worked on the first try at the Denver JUG, we were pretty pumped! 🙌
Interesting trends: we had a lot of enthusiasm for Grails in Colorado and all audiences chose microservices. You can skim through our presentation below.
On Friday, we hit the slopes for another developer ski day.
Thanks to all the fine folks who joined our ski days and came to the JUG meetups! We loved the energy and community vibe from each location. ❤️😃
Ray and I had a Rocky Mountain adventure with JHipster, and you can too! From the comfort of your own home, you can install JHipster and choose your own adventure. Good luck, and please let us know if you have any questions.