Detroit Java User Group Presents Cloud Event: The Detroit Java User Group presents “Running Java, Play and Scala Apps on the Cloud” Tuesday, Jan. 31 at 6 p.m. at The Madison, 1555 Broadway in Detroit. Participants should park in the Detroit Opera House parking center and get their tickets validated at the event. The event is free. To register, visit Heroku is a polyglot cloud application platform that makes it easy to deploy Java, Play and Scala apps on the cloud. Deployment is as simple as doing a git push. This session will teach attendees how to deploy and scale Java, Play and Scala apps on Heroku. Presenter James Ward ( is a principal developer evangelist at Heroku. Today he focuses on teaching developers how to deploy Java, Play and Scala apps to the cloud. James frequently presents at conferences around the world. He has also published numerous screencasts, blogs, and technical articles. Starting with Pascal and Assembly in the ’80s, James found his passion for writing code. Beginning in the ’90s he began doing Web development with HTML, Perl/CGI, then Java. After building a Flex and Java based customer service portal in 2004 for Pillar Data Systems he became a Technical Evangelist for Flex at Adobe. You can find him tweeting as @_JamesWard, answering questions and posting code at

OakGreen Energy Efficiency Workshops Scheduled in Wixom: Residents and businesses can learn how to be more energy efficient through workshops being offered through Oakland County. The OakGreen Program, in partnership with the WARM Training Center will offer a free workshop for residents on Tuesday, Jan. 24 from 6 to 8 p.m. and for businesses on Wednesday, Jan. 25 from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Wixom Community Center, 49015 Pontiac Trail, Wixom. Pre-register at (248) 624-2850 or via the web at Residents will learn what works for saving energy, learn about inexpensive materials that lower bills, how to shop for energy efficient appliances, and more. Businesses will learn the essentials of making their business more energy efficient including best practices, financing options and how to prioritize the best steps to take. OakGreen is an initiative to share information, encourage collaboration and connect Oakland County residents, businesses and communities to resources that can advance environmental stewardship, economic growth and strong communities. The mission of OakGreen is to provide businesses, communities and residents the knowledge and tools to be more sustainable, reduce expenses, and reduce energy consumption. For more information about the OakGreen Program, visit or contact Nina Ignaczak at (248) 858-2470 or

HFCC Offers Free Computer CNC Programmer Training: The unemployed, under-employed and veterans are invited to take HFCC’s CNC Programmer training course in February. Henry Ford Community College is offering a free, six-week Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Programmer training course from Feb. 6 to March 16. In this training course, students will gain knowledge and experience in CNC machinery, which includes various computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) systems, 2D programming, Solid Works drawing systems, and 3D machining on the Vertical Machining Center. Students who successfully complete the program will receive an industry-recognized Hass Level II certification. CNC machines are found in most modern factories, manufacturing plants and machine shops. They are used to cut, shape, and form products from raw wood, metals, and plastics. CNC programmers input highly detailed instructions — or codes — into these machines in order to guide robotic arms and tools in performing precision cuts, thus allowing factories and plants to be more efficient and productive. To participate in this training course, students must meet the following criteria: provide proof of employment and/or veteran status; have a minimum of two years working with CNC milling and turning centers; be able to read shop prints; have minimal computer skills (using a word processor, establishing file folders, copying and moving files, launching programs from icons or program lists); have basic math skills (algebra, geometry); and CNC operator training (optional). To apply for this training course, contact Arlicia Summerville at (313) 317-6607 or via email at


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