jProfessionals 3.0 – Java Day with Venkat. How it was.

The latest edition of jProfessionals has happen to be a very special event for BGJUG. Unlike the previous two editions current event was fully dedicated to one special guest – Dr. Venkat Subramaniam!

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Venkat is an award-winning author, founder of Agile Developer, Inc., creator of, and an instructional professor at the University of Houston. He has trained and mentored thousands of software developers in the US, Canada, Europe, and Asia, and is a regularly-invited speaker at several international conferences and a committee member of the JavaOne conference. Venkat helps his clients effectively apply and succeed with sustainable agile practices on their software projects. Venkat is a (co)author of multiple technical books, including the 2007 Jolt Productivity award winning book Practices of an Agile Developer.

During the first part of the day Dr. Venkat Subramaniam gave two talks:

  • Let’s Get Lazy: The Real Power of Streams
  • Twelve Ways to Make Code Suck Less

More than 150 developers came from Sofia and other cities. Even our friends from Macedonian JUG came from Skopje!







Then we had a small break.



The second part of the day was dedicated to a 3 hours workshop about Functional programming with java.




The first two who successfully finished the labs have received special awards from our partner JetBrains – 1-year free license for any of their great products.

The winners got their prizes:



The event was great! Many useful lessons learned!

The community was very excited for this java day!

And spacial thanks to Dr. Venkat Subramaniam for making it happen!

At the end we had our traditional afterparty!



Special thanks to Paysafe for providing the most modern venue in Sofia, as well as for the beverages and snacks.

jProfessionals 3.0 event could not be possible without our great sponsors:

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