Announcing The First Ever JRubyConf!

It's our extreme pleasure to announce the first annual JRubyConf, to take place Sunday, November 22nd, immediately following RubyConf 2009! We've been working on putting this together for a little while now, and it's finally time to share.

The JRuby project has been making incredible progress and gaining popularity; at the same time, the community has been growing like crazy. At this stage, we think JRuby definitely needs a conference of its own. The roster will be highly technical, cutting edge, and will feature JRuby experts from all over the globe.

Oh! I think I may have forgotten to mention the best part: JRubyConf will be free!

We're working hard to put the final touches on a great lineup, and we'll have those details for you all in a few days, but for now, let's talk about some of the highlights: the entire JRuby Core Team will be on hand (Charlie Nutter, Thomas Enebo, Nick Sieger and Ola Bini), and in addition to delivering a talk or two, they will be sitting on a panel for a full Q&A session. We've got talks on JRuby on Rails, JRuby on Google App Engine, and a peek at production apps inside and outside the Enterprise using JRuby today.

The event will take place in the same location as RubyConf, so no hotel changes needed. A huge thank you to our generous partners and sponsors at EdgeCase and Thoughtworks Studios, who are helping to fund JRubyConf, and who place a vote of confidence for JRuby every day when they use it to build tools and apps for their clients.

If you'd like to join us, be sure to register for a ticket at the JRubyConf website; the site is live, and tickets will go on sale as soon as RubyConf registration opens (though, please note that a ticket to one does not get you a seat at the other—each requires a separate registration). Follow @engineyard and @jruby on Twitter to keep up with the latest news and be notified when registration opens.

See you there!