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Oracle to support Java’s future in Africa

July 11, 2013 • Software

Oracle Corporation has this week announced a series of programs and activities for Java developers and aspiring developers around the world.

Oracle has launched initiatives aimed at supporting Java development across Africa. (Image source: IDG Connect)

These programs set to run under the tagline ‘Make the Future Java’ will enable developers to share their enthusiasm for the computer programming language, increase their technical capabilities, network with other community members and possibly be recognized for exemplary uses of Java.

“Oracle is committed to not only driving Java platform enhancements and technical innovations through collaboration with the Java community, but also, providing developers with the tools and resources they need to implement the latest releases,” said Cameron Purdy, vice president of Development, Oracle.

Oracle is also providing Make the Future Java EE 7 Tool Kits, which contain technical content and promotional items, to enable Java User Group (JUG) leaders to host engaging, inspiring and educational events for their community members.

“With the Java EE 7 technical kits, we can reach thousands of developers though their local JUGs and with our Summer Workshop, we hope to inspire students’ love of technology and computer science, and spark the next generation of Java innovation,” added Mr. Purdy.

JUG Africa is an umbrella group for JUGs in Africa with approximately 5,000 members in over 20 countries.

“We find it extremely helpful that Oracle provides online events and webcasts, as well as resources for us to host local events, so our community members can come together to learn about the new features in Java EE 7, as well as socialize and exchange ideas with each other. We currently have 13 events planned over the next few months as part of the Make the Future Java program,” said Lamine Ba, general manager of JUG Africa.

More than three billion devices are powered by Java technology. There are currently over 125 million television devices that employ Java while 97 percent of enterprise desktops run on this technology.

Eighty percent of mobile developers target the Java platform.

Staff Writer

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