Hi everyone,

I hope you’re all doing well and enjoyed our first ever ‘un-party’ last month. This month we are hosting a Mini-Open Conference, similar to our LJC un-conference but on a smaller scale. Im sure its going to be loads of fun, hopefully see you all there.

If you are interested in getting involved in some more event over the next two weeks here is a list of what is happening in London:

Monday 10th February
The Smart of War : Being female and competitive in the Technology and Computing industries
Next Monday evening, 10th Feb, LJC and GDC members are invited to an open, participant-driven session on the subject of competitiveness in the Tech/Computing industries. We will be pooling our collective knowledge and discussing whether competition for resources is done differently by women, and sharing strategies for competing to win in the male-dominated tech sector.
There is no charge for this event and it’s open to women and men. We’ve also arranged for the tubes to be running on the night! Nearest tubes are Angel or Old Street. Food and drink will be provided.
For more details and to register
RSVP: http://www.kweekweek.com/woinco/394cfffe74
CV clinic on the night - if you need CV advice and career guidance, RecWorks will be running a CV clinic.
**This event has now happened – we’ll keep you updated with future events..**

Monday 10th February
Chord: A Scalable Peer-to-peer Lookup Service for Internet Applications
Thanks for the last meeting, was great to see so many of us liked the Raft paper!
For the next meeting let’s read Chord: A Scalable Peer-to-peer Lookup Service for Internet Applications.
The flow is as always:
• Check out the abstract,
• read the paper at home and,
• drop by to the Hammersmith Ram to discuss the protocol!
Paper Cup – The Reading Club
http://www.meetup.com/Paper-Cup/events/162616812/
**This event has now happened – we’ll keep you updated with future events..**

Tuesday 11th February
Code & Coffee (Old street)
Code & Coffee is a cool meeting for those who like coffee and love writing code. The idea is simple. Just come along and you may find other developers writing some code before going to work while drinking some coffee and/or having breakfast.
Look mum no hands!, 49 Old Street, London, EC1V 9HX
London Software Craftsman Community
http://www.meetup.com/london-software-craftsmanship/events/158952242/

Tuesday 11th February
JBoss Data Grid Webinar Series; Part 3:Testing and Monitoring Your JBoss Data Grid
4:30 PM – 5:00 PM GMT – In the last part of the webinar series we will cover the introduction to tools we can use to performance test JBoss Data Grid; we will look at the different tools we can use to monitor JBoss Data Grid in production; we will also provide a brief demo using specific tools used for both testing and monitoring a JBoss Data Grid.
Register: https://www4.gotomeeting.com/register/292275799

Tuesday 11th February
1) Sharpen Brain 2) Flex Fingers 3) Hack
West London Hack Night is on the boards again! After January’s rousing digital duet between Justin Bieber & Metallica, February has its work cut out for it.
So join us for a coding challenge, some brain stimulation and an evening with the kind of people who like a coding challenge and some brain stimulation.
As usual we’re upstairs in the Crown & Anchor
West London Hack Night
http://www.meetup.com/West-London-Hack-Night/events/160690522/

Tuesday 11th February
Google Compute Engine and Docker
Marc Cohen manages the Developer Relations teams for Google Compute Engine and Google Cloud Storage and will provide an introduction to using open-source software Docker on the Cloud Platform.
Docker is open-source software that is used in the startup community. Google recently announced support for Docker with Google Compute Engine. This event will provide an introduction to getting started with Docker on Google Compute Engine.
Docker London
http://www.meetup.com/Docker-London/

Wednesday 12th February
JBUG EVENT: Extending WildFly
WildFly is fully modular application server where most of functionality is implemented by sets of extensions also known as subsystems.
Subsystems give you low level access to application server’s functionalities such as:
• JBoss Modules for class loading
• MSC for services
• Deployment processors
• Domain management model
The talk, presented by Toma? Cerar – Software Engineer at Red Hat – will show how to implement a new subsystem that will scan deployed applications and detect custom framework specifics and react to them.
JBoss User Group
http://www.meetup.com/JBoss-User-Group/events/159834692/

Wednesday 12th February
Have your head in the clouds
Welcome back for the first Londroid meetup of 2014! See link for more details..
London Android Group
http://www.meetup.com/android/events/159784602/

Monday 17th February
Evening Code and Coffee / Craft Beer
Every fortnight, we meet for coffee, code, craft beer, and some great food.
This is a great opportunity to:
• meet other cool software craftsmen
• work on pet or open source projects
• pair with someone else on whatever you like (katas, koans, etc)
• ask someone to join or help you with your own project
• have a face-to-face meeting with your mentor or mentee
• have a nice chat over coffee and beer
We’ll be meeting in “Look mum no hands!”, a laptop friendly cafe/bar that’s open until 10pm, and sells great coffee, excellent beers, and some tasty food. They also repair bikes and hang them from the ceiling like chandeliers, because why not? http://www.lookmumnohands.com/
London Software Craftsman Community
http://www.meetup.com/london-software-craftsmanship/events/158952262/

Tuesday 18th February
LJC: Mini Open Conference
In the past we have had a number of very successful LJC Open Conferences. This is the first of *hopefully* a series of mini-open conferences.
It will be an evening in which you can attend a range of talks, workshops and practical sessions, drawn from the experiences of those in industry. Its a great opportunity to learn with up to 10-15 sessions during the evening, including lightning talks, open source project overviews, live hacking, roundtables and a whole lot more.
Essentially the content will be entirely driven by the attendees on the evening.
London Java Community
http://www.meetup.com/Londonjavacommunity/events/163668792/

Tuesday 18th February
Code & Coffee (Central London)
Code & Coffee is a cool meeting for those who like coffee and love writing code. The idea is simple. Just come along and you may find other developers writing some code before going to work while drinking some coffee and/or having breakfast.
Starbucks
55-59 Oxford Street, Marylebone London, W1D 2EQ, London
London Software Craftsman Community
http://www.meetup.com/london-software-craftsmanship/events/163210652/

Tuesday 18th February
Code & Coffee (London Bridge)
Code & Coffee is a cool meeting for those who like coffee and love writing code. The idea is simple. Just come along and you may find other developers writing some code before going to work while drinking some coffee and/or having breakfast.
Caffe Fratelli
Victor Wharf, Clink Street, London SE1 9DG
London Software Craftsman Community
http://www.meetup.com/london-software-craftsmanship/events/155606902/

Thursday 20th February
Scala Coding Dojo
A regular coding dojo session run on every third Thursday of the month. The dojo is now held regularly at the central London offices of TIM Group.
London Scala Users’ Group
http://www.meetup.com/london-scala/events/152028342/

Wednesday 19th February
7 languages in 7 weeks: Haskell
A workshop run in the Code Dojo format for people reading and working through the Pragmatic Programmers book “Seven Languages in Seven Weeks” by Bruce Tate. This time, we’ll be starting Haskell.
London Code Dojo
http://www.meetup.com/London-Code-Dojo/events/157100052/

Saturday 22nd February
Coder Dojo Shoreditch
Coder Dojo Shoreditch is back on Saturday February 22nd.
This theme for this is session (though it will change for each session) is Graphic Design for Web Pages and we’ll be teaching you to do more colour and styling of your web pages with CSS and learning how to use graphics editor PIXLR http://pixlr.com/editor/.
All minors must be accompanied by a parent or guardian for the entire duration of the session.
All young adults bring a laptop so they can get involved.
Up and coming CoderDojo’s are on the following dates: 15th March, 17th May, 21st June
Free tickets are available at http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/shoreditch-coder-dojo-graphic-design-for-web-pages-tickets-10507725891

Tuesday 25th February
February date for your diary - Meeting of the Manchester Java Community – Content TBC
Manchester Java Community
http://www.meetup.com/ManchesterUK-Java-Community/events/162299142/

Wednesday 26th February
Special Event: Hacking Blind
You know that language you’ve heard about? The one you fancy giving
a try, but haven’t got around to? This West London Hack Night Special
is for you! We’ll be doing the usual hack night with one big twist:
No-one can use a language they know anything about.
We’ll have an ultra-simple challenge, and your job is to go in
completely blind and hack a solution in a language you’ve never used
before, in 90 minutes.
West London Hack Night
http://www.meetup.com/West-London-Hack-Night/events/161062052/

Thats everything for now, If you’re interested in getting your group or event on the list then please contact me on sh@recworks.co.uk for further assistance.

Sam
@SHRecWorks

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Hi Guys,

I can’t believe January is almost over, I hope everyone had a great Christmas and New Year and managed to take some time off to relax! If you haven’t seen it yet don’t forget to sign up for the festive un-party next week, I think its going to be an awesome event and a great start to 2014.

Here is a list of a few other community events happening in London over the next two weeks that you may well be interested in attending.

Tuesday 21st January 2014
Software Craftsmanship Round Table
This is our monthly software craftsmanship round table to discuss technology, practices or whatever else takes our fancy.
If you’re using some new technology you think others would be interested in, if you’ve got a design or some code you’d like to discuss, if you’d like to discuss a specific practice, a problem you are having at work or you’d simply like to see what others have got to say – come along and join in the debate.
London Software Craftsman Community
http://www.meetup.com/london-software-craftsmanship/events/160577772/

Wednesday 22nd January 2014
In The Brain of Russ Miles: Enabling Adaptable Software: Scaling up a simple Event Domain
Within your software, your choices when implementing the Event domain that glues your domains together are key to decoupling other domains in your application so that your software can adapt to future change effectively.In this talk Russ Miles will showcase how to gradually increase essential complexity in your event domain to de-couple and disentangle different domains within your application.
Skills Matter
http://skillsmatter.com/podcast/java-jee/enabling-adaptable-software-scaling-up-a-simple-event-domain-from-beginning-to-end-with-the-life-preserver-spring-integration-and-the-lmax-disruptor/mh-8918

Wednesday 22nd January 2014
Async and Push notifications – #6 Android LiveCode London
I have the pleasure to introduce you our two speakers: one of our European partners NetMera which will be represented by Kaan Bingol and for the first time Lucas Rocha.
To start, we will have a technical presentation on “Rich push notifications” with Kaan Bingol.
And would you like to know more about an «Easy async loading in ListViews/GridViews with Smoothie»? Well, I invite you to come and join us for Lucas’s presentation…
London Android LIVE CODE
http://www.meetup.com/London-Android-LiveCode/events/159372122/

Thursday 23rd January 2014
Java vs C++, which is faster
All Java communications rely on TCP/IP, trading off portability in exchange for performance. But performance, both low latency and throughput, is key in the actual context of exponential increase in the amount of network-based computational resources, distributed applications, massive online services and enormous amounts of data. This talk will cover several efforts carried out during the last years in optimizing Java communications, which have succeeded in overtaking even natively-compiled applications (C++). People concerned about the efficiency, performance and scalability of Java distributed applications will enjoy joining the discussion.
London Java Community
http://www.meetup.com/Londonjavacommunity/events/156239102/

Thursday 23rd January 2014
In Search of an Understandable Consensus Algorithm – Raft
This algorithm is similar to Paxos (consensus algorithm), which we have not yet touched, but as Lamport’s Paxos is a classic, let’s give Raft a shot right away :-)
Raft claims to be simpler than Paxos, which while “well known” isn’t very simple. In a recent google talk they also noted that what they’ve referred to as “their paxos impl” is basically raft….
Paper Cup – The Reading Club
http://www.meetup.com/Paper-Cup/events/153170202/

Monday 27th January 2014
London Code Dojo 30
A Code Dojo in the usual format.
EVENT FULL – WAITING LIST AVAILABLE – Please see link for future events..
London Code Dojo
http://www.meetup.com/London-Code-Dojo/events/151874652/

Tuesday 28th January 2014
Code & Coffee (West London)
Code & Coffee is a cool meeting for those who like coffee and love writing code. The idea is simple. Just come along and you may find other developers writing some code before going to work while drinking some coffee and/or having breakfast.
Caffe Nero
6 Hammersmith Broadway, London, W6 TAL
London Software Craftsman Community
http://www.meetup.com/london-software-craftsmanship/events/151074962/

Tuesday 28th January 2014
Code & Coffee (Old street)
Code & Coffee is a cool meeting for those who like coffee and love writing code. The idea is simple. Just come along and you may find other developers writing some code before going to work while drinking some coffee and/or having breakfast.
Look mum no hands!, 49 Old Street, London, EC1V 9HX
London Software Craftsman Community
http://www.meetup.com/london-software-craftsmanship/events/151075032/

Wednesday 29th January 2014
LJC Festive Un-Party!
Come one, come all and join us for the LJC festive un-party. It will be on the 29th January at the Village Hall in Shoreditch. The refreshments are being sponsored by our good friends Atlassian.
This will be something a little different to our usual LJC events and will include a combination of open mic style presentations, lightning talks and a few surprises.
London Java Community
http://www.meetup.com/Londonjavacommunity/events/156398382/

Thursday 30th January 2014
Erlang, Big Data, and the Wild West – Brett Cameron and Chris Brown
Brett Cameron and Chris Brown will share their opinions about what Big Data really means and will consider the evolving role that Erlang is playing in the Big Data space and in Cloud computing. They will also briefly discuss how they came to be involved with Erlang by porting it to HP’s legacy OpenVMS operating system, the story behind this work, and some of the technical challenges that were encountered along the way.
Pizza and beer courtesy of the hosts :)
London Erlang User Group
http://www.meetup.com/erlangusergroup/events/158950342/

Coming up..

Tuesday 4th February
Android on x86 platforms & Second-Screen API demo
Xavier Hallade, Technical Engineer from Intel will first demonstrate that x86 architecture now can’t be avoided on the app market as it offers high performance in complex applications.
He will then demo the use of the 2nd-Screen API on Android app with Wireless Display.
If you don’t want to miss this one, register on Eventbrite.
http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/android-on-x86-platforms-second-screen-api-demo-tickets-10076516131?aff=ljc

Monday 10th February
Dart Flight School
Dart hit 1.0 and is now Flight Ready! Developer communities around the world are hosting Dart Flight School events during the month of February 2014.
Join us for an evening with Chris Buckett (Dart expert) and Pete Bacon Darwin (Angular expert) to learn Dart and Angular, build modern web apps with a new language, core libraries, and tools such as a package manager, editor. Use Angular with Dart for extra jet fuel, as Angular has ported their popular framework to Dart which will be covered in great detail with tutorials and coding examples.
Register on EventBrite
http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/dart-flight-school-event-london-tickets-10076500083?aff=ljc

Thats everything for now, If you’re interested in getting your group or event on the list then please contact me on sh@recworks.co.uk for further assistance.

Sam
@SHRecWorks


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The London Java Community’s next free event is – Meet a Project on Wednesday 11th December at 19:00.

Please see link for details and to sign up - http://www.meetup.com/Londonjavacommunity/events/152039972/

· Are you looking to join an existing open source project, but don’t know where to start?

· Are you interested in finding out more about open source software in general?

· Are you looking to start a personal project but don’t know what to base it on?

· Are you interested in trying out some new technologies and wondering how to use them in a personal project?

If the answer is yes, this event could be for you. This is part of the MaP series of events designed to connect open source software projects and potential contributors. It will be in a speed networking style, involving Project Ambassadors speaking to small groups of 3-6 developers. Giving a pitch of an open source or personal project, then answering questions before moving on to another group. The events are intended to answer potential contributors questions around the projects, focussed mainly around starting points.

There are a lot of developers in the industry, from students to experienced developers that are interested to get involved in something in addition to their day time position, but aren’t really sure where to start. There are also a great deal of interesting projects covering everything from popular open source frameworks to the Adopt a JSR program launched by the LJC. Many of these projects rely on support/enthusiasm from developers and are keen to get more enthusiastic people involved. Not to mention that most candidates that get involved in personal projects seem to escalate their careers, salaries, day rates and passion for the industry.

You will get a chance to meet project leads for 3-6 different projects and discuss the differences between them and their experience with open source development and their experiences in general.

Please note:

This event is being held at Shoreditch Village Hall, 33 Hoxton Square, London, N1 6NN - http://shoreditchworks.com/shoreditch-village-hall

Please see link for details and to sign up - http://www.meetup.com/Londonjavacommunity/events/152039972/

Event organised by the awesome folk at RecWorks – check out the blog here:

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Hi everyone,

We’re now in the quiet month of December, it’s been a crazy year with almost 50 unique LJC events. More than ever before. Before you get ready for the festive break though we have these events for you.

Tuesday 3rd December – Code & Coffee (West London)
Code & Coffee is a cool meeting for those who like coffee and love writing code. The idea is simple. Just come along and you may find other developers writing some code before going to work while drinking some coffee and/or having breakfast.
Caffe Nero
6 Hammersmith Broadway, London, W6 TAL
London Software Craftsman Community
http://www.meetup.com/london-software-craftsmanship/events/134322242/

Tuesday 3rd December – Code & Coffee (Old street)
Code & Coffee is a cool meeting for those who like coffee and love writing code. The idea is simple. Just come along and you may find other developers writing some code before going to work while drinking some coffee and/or having breakfast.
Look mum no hands!, 49 Old Street, London, EC1V 9HX
London Software Craftsman Community
http://www.meetup.com/london-software-craftsmanship/events/134322262/

Wednesday 4th December – What’s new in Infinispan 6.0
In this talk, Mircea Markus (Infinispan Lead) covers the major features added in the 6.0 release to the Infinispan ecosystem:
• querying in client/server mode
• better integration with the persistent storage
• multi-master cross-site replication
• support for heterogeneous clusters
Participants will take home a better understanding of Infinispan capabilities and the use cases in which it can be put at work. Ideally the attendees should have a basic knowledge of the in-memory data grids.
JBoss User Group
http://www.meetup.com/JBoss-User-Group/events/148580392/

Wednesday 4th December – What’s new in Dart language?
Now that Dart version 1.0 is out, the language has stabilized, it’s a great time to get building real applications in Dart. Dart’s mission is to solve two key problems facing web developers and app users – that of structure and performance in complex web application.
Dart 1.0 has a rich ecosystem of tools, packages and tutorials and you’ll see how you can get up and running with this familiar, easy to learn language.
When coupled with Web Components, a new way of building web applications by treating everything as an element you can use Google’s Polymer web component project to build modular, fast Dart applications that run in all modern browsers.
Join Chris Bucket at Campus London to discover how you can make the most of Dart and its tools.
GDG London
http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/whats-new-in-dart-language-tickets-7919229629?aff=recworks

Thursday 5th December – Join us for a Red Hat JBoss Experience
JBoss Developer Day & JBoss Architect MeetUp
If you are a developer needing to keep up to speed on the latest and greatest developments in JBoss, join us for a day of presentations, Q&As and discussions at Shoreditch Works Village Hall.
We can promise you a packed agenda: from our kick-off topic What’s new in jBPM6? to our final presentation Building HTML5 applications the JBoss Way. You will see the latest open source innovations in middleware, and learn how to use Red Hat developer tools and technologies.
Sessions are led by some of our best speakers on JBoss topics. They have presented at the Red Hat Summit, Devoxx, JavaZone and other well-known developer events. View the full agenda and you will see this Developer Day is a great opportunity to work, learn and share in a collaborative, hands-on environment, alongside the Red Hat JBoss team and community experts.
Members of the LJC Group can participate free of cost, but we would like them to only register when they are certain they will be attending.
Thanks a lot for your interest and we look forward to seeing you on December 5.
http://bit.ly/RHDD5D

Thursday 5th December – In The Brain of Luke Hohmann: In The Brain of Luke Hohmann
Starts at 18:30
For many organizations, Agile methods have been a proven answer to the vexing questions of developing better software. But now that many organizations have mastered Agility, they are once again turning to Innovation. In this talk, we’ll explore how collaborative play and serious games can help organizations improve their agile and innovation processes.
Skills Matter
http://skillsmatter.com/podcast/agile-scrum/in-the-brain-of-luke-hohmann/mh-8738

Thursday 5th December – SPDY / HTTP2 – “Let’s make the web faster!”
This time we’ll be reading something “not database”, after the recent DB papers… :-) Let’s read the SPDY whitepaper and protocol draft. If you don’t yet know it, we highly encourage to have a read, as many sites are actually already using it, instead of plain HTTP, and even more will follow!..
Paper Cup – The Reading Club
http://www.meetup.com/Paper-Cup/events/152796712/

Friday 6th December – Mobile Hack Day
A Hack Day for the London Developer Communities to come together and work together on building mobile apps! The theme is the to have an impact on improving your local community.
Time – 9.30am – 5.00pm
Location – Cloud Sherpas office, London
London Salesforce Developers
http://www.meetup.com/LondonSalesforceDevelopers/events/153204512/

Friday 6th December
RELEASE is an EU FP7 STREP (287510) research project. Its goal is to provide a concurrency-oriented solution to build reliable server-based systems running on massively parallel machines. Erlang/OTP has been chosen as the core technology to address this challenge. On the 6th of December you are invited to attend the workshop in which the researchers involved in the project will present their results at this stage. For more details on the day’s schedule and to RSVP, please click here: http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/release-project-workshop-tickets-9106910013?aff=eorg

Friday 6th December – Coder Dojo @ Google Campus
At Google Campus (4-5 Bonhill Street, London). 5pm start.CoderDojo is a movement orientated around running free not-for-profit coding clubs and regular sessions for young people. It’s a great opportunity for both mentors and young adults to learn and to be taught.
We are looking for young adults to attend (7yrs through to 15yrs) and mentors. Please email Carl Petrou to book a place.
It’d be great to have your involvement.
For more info see here: http://coderdojo.com/#zoom=3&lat=48.9225&lon=-35.15625&layers=00B0T

 
Monday 9th December – Evening Code and Coffee / Craft Beer
Similar to our morning Code and Coffee sessions, there is no strict format, only an opportunity to meet with like minded craftsmen, and discuss or collaborate on whatever you would like to.
Unlike our morning Code and Coffee sessions, you don’t have to get out of bed at some ungodly hour to be here. Just rock on down after work to find other night owls.
We’ll be meeting in “Look mum no hands!”, a laptop friendly cafe/bar that’s open until 10pm, and sells great coffee, good beers, and some tasty food if you make it before 8:30. They also repair bikes and hang them from the ceiling like chandeliers, because why not?
http://www.lookmumnohands.com/
London Software Craftsman Community
http://www.meetup.com/london-software-craftsmanship/events/134322292/

Monday 9th December – Informal study group for “Principles of Reactive Programming” Course
This is a study group to get together and chat about the new course “Principles of Reactive Programming”
https://www.coursera.org/course/reactive
London Scala Users’ Group
http://www.meetup.com/london-scala/events/150707412/

Tuesday 10th December – Jinglebell Hack
It’s time for the West London Hack Night Christmas special! Join us for an evening of coding in your favourite language, learning (or teaching) a few new tricks, and ordering chips with cranberry sauce.
West London Hack Night
http://www.meetup.com/West-London-Hack-Night/events/149097322/

Tuesday 10th December – Code & Coffee (London Bridge)
Code & Coffee is a cool meeting for those who like coffee and love writing code. The idea is simple. Just come along and you may find other developers writing some code before going to work while drinking some coffee and/or having breakfast.
Caffe Fratelli
Victor Wharf, Clink Street, London SE1 9DG
London Software Craftsman Community
http://www.meetup.com/london-software-craftsmanship/events/134322322/

Tuesday 10th December – Code & Coffee (Central London)
Code & Coffee is a cool meeting for those who like coffee and love writing code. The idea is simple. Just come along and you may find other developers writing some code before going to work while drinking some coffee and/or having breakfast.
Starbucks
55-59 Oxford Street, Marylebone London, W1D 2EQ, London
London Software Craftsman Community
http://www.meetup.com/london-software-craftsmanship/events/134322302/

Wednesday 11th December – London Java Community: Meet a Project
· Are you looking to join an existing open source project, but don’t know where to start?
· Are you interested in finding out more about open source software in general?
· Are you looking to start a personal project but don’t know what to base it on?
· Are you interested in trying out some new technologies and wondering how to use them in a personal project?
If the answer is yes, this event could be for you. This is part of the MaP series of events designed to connect open source software projects and potential contributors. It will be in a speed networking style, involving Project Ambassadors speaking to small groups of 3-6 developers. Giving a pitch of an open source or personal project, then answering questions before moving on to another group. The events are intended to answer potential contributors questions around the projects, focussed mainly around starting points.
London Java Community
http://www.meetup.com/Londonjavacommunity/events/152039972/

Thursday 12th November – Oracle Coherence 12c: Free Hands-on Technical Workshop
When: Thursday, 12th of December 2013, 9:30am- 4pm
Where: Cook Room, Oracle Corporation UK Ltd. One South Place, London, EC2M 2RB
What: Attendees of this workshop, run by C2B2 Consulting, will increase their knowledge of Data and Compute Grids in general and Oracle Coherence 12c in particular; learn how data and compute grids can be used to solve particular problems in Reliability, Availability, Scalability and Performance (RASP). The workshop is a great networking opportunity; you can talk with your peers and industry experts to swap knowledge and experience
http://www.c2b2.co.uk/oracle_coherence_workshop_december_2013

Friday 13th December – Coder Dojo @ Google Campus
At Google Campus (4-5 Bonhill Street, London). 5pm start.CoderDojo is a movement orientated around running free not-for-profit coding clubs and regular sessions for young people. It’s a great opportunity for both mentors and young adults to learn and to be taught.
We are looking for young adults to attend (7yrs through to 15yrs) and mentors. Please email Carl Petrou to book a place.
It’d be great to have your involvement.
For more info see here: http://coderdojo.com/#zoom=3&lat=48.9225&lon=-35.15625&layers=00B0T

Monday 16th December – London Groovy & Grails User Group Meetup
TBC
London Groovy & Grails User Group
http://www.meetup.com/london-ggug/events/146834292/

 
Thursday 19th December - Scala Coding Dojo
A regular coding dojo session run on every third Thursday of the month. The dojo is now held regularly at the central London offices of TIM Group.
London Scala Users’ Group
http://www.meetup.com/london-scala/events/144637712/

Thats everything for now, If you’re interested in getting your group or event on the list then please contact me on sh@recworks.co.uk for further assistance.

Sam
@SHRecWorks


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Disclaimer: This post is written by developers to demystify the process and some of the differences between the JSPA (Java Specification Participation Agreement) and the OCA (Oracle Contribution Agreement). Both of these may have legal implications to intellectual property rules that might be written into your employment contract. If you are in any doubt please seek legal advice before signing one of these contracts, the last thing either you or the community wants is for you to find yourself in a legal conflict.

If you are thinking about contributing to Java there are two levels on which you can get involved. Depending on what you want to contribute you will need to sign either one or both of the JSPA (Java Specification Participation Agreement) or the OCA (Oracle Contribution Agreement).

JSPA

The Java Specification Participation Agreement is an 11 page document enabling you to participate towards the JSR (Java Specification Requests) process.

  • The JSPA enables you to contribute to JSRs and sit on the expert group of individuals representing that change.
  • Your employer may have already signed the JSPA, in the first instance you should check with them as you might already be covered for your participation by their contract.
  • If your employer hasn’t signed the JSPA, you will probably want to participate as an individual (there is a cost associated with company memberships, however an individual membership is free of charge).
  • Your employer needs to agree with you signing the JSPA (even as an individual) and your employer needs to sign your individual JSPA paperwork. Note: the signature needs to meet certain standards – if you’re not sure you need to look at the Oracle website, especially if it’s a squiggle! (from experience)
  • I worked for a large investment bank and this was not a problem to be signed off by the legal team, but it did take around a month. So if you are thinking of participating in a JSR it’s a good idea to get this signed off early.
  • Once you send to Oracle the process is usually fairly quick to resolve, you can either fax (if that still exists where you are) or E-Mail each of the pages back as a PDF.

OCA

The OCA is required for direct code based contributions that are to be checked in to Java. It is a short single page document.

  • If you’re working on Open JDK and your work is approved for submission you will need to have one of these.
  • The essence of this agreement is to share the ownership of the change between yourself and Oracle.
  • If you’re thinking about taking this path it’s only a simple one page document that is quick to complete, so I recommend doing this upfront.
  • If you are going through your employers approval process it is potentially a good idea to try get both of these agreements signed off at the same time if you need to.

One final thing to note is that you can still attend hack days and bug fixing days without having the above signed, so if you’re not sure about how to get started, a hack day, Adopt-A-JSR or Adopt Open JDK  is for you.

Changes to the LJC JCP Committee

As mentioned in a previous post the committee is very pleased to have been re-elected to sit on the JCP committee. Everyone who works on the LJC committee does this voluntarily and in their spare time. Naturally as other commitments come around for personal and/or other opportunities we always welcome new faces and bid farewell to those who have contributed.

On this occasion, Richard Warburton is stepping down from the LJC JCP to focus on other initiatives within the Java community. Richard has worked on countless initiatives within the LJC JCP and first became interested in the cause when he first moved to London and met Jim Gough in a bar at the monthly developer sessions. Since then he has significantly contributed to both project lambda for Java 8 and the Date Time API, also for Java 8. Working with the rest of the committee Richard helped to setup sone of the corner stones that launched the Adopt-a-JSR initiative and running hack days in multiple countries. It is fair to say that Richard has aided the delivery of Java 8 and many of its newer features.

Richard is well known to the spec leads of the major JSR projects due to his insight and feedback into the development of the features. Although Richard is leaving the LJC JCP group he will still be actively involved in the community and through the Adopt-A-JSR program.

We would like to thank Richard for all his hard work and wish him all the best for the future.

Jim Gough on behalf of the LJC JCP Committee

 

Hi everyone,

I hope you all had a great weekend and everyone is looking forward to this weekends LJC Open Conference! But before we get to the weekend we have some great events on this week starting with the Developer Session tomorrow night.

Here is a list of a few other community events happening in London over the next two weeks that you may well be interested in attending.

Tuesday 19th November – The London Developer Sessions
You absolutely have to get to this event – it’s the best place to come, drink beer and just socialise with other developers. Talk about projects you’re working on, problems your facing, advise a grad or two or just come to discuss anything you like. It’s a great chance to meet first time LJC members as well as seasoned professionals. Ged will be there with a few LJC Book club members. The RecWorks crew will be there to give any career advice or new job opportunities as well as a few Adopt a JSR advocates to help explain how you can get involved. Really what reason do you have not to come along?
London Java Community, Graduate Developer Community and Front Endgineers Community
http://www.meetup.com/Londonjavacommunity/events/147278402/

Tuesday 19th November – London Code Dojo 29
A Code Dojo in the usual format, Pizza and drinks provided by our gracious hosts at Moo.com
London Code Dojo
http://www.meetup.com/London-Code-Dojo/events/146031372/

Tuesday 19th November – Code & Coffee (West London)
Code & Coffee is a cool meeting for those who like coffee and love writing code. The idea is simple. Just come along and you may find other developers writing some code before going to work while drinking some coffee and/or having breakfast.
Caffe Nero
6 Hammersmith Broadway, London, W6 TAL
London Software Craftsman Community
http://www.meetup.com/london-software-craftsmanship/events/134322182/

Tuesday 19th November – Code & Coffee (Old street)
Code & Coffee is a cool meeting for those who like coffee and love writing code. The idea is simple. Just come along and you may find other developers writing some code before going to work while drinking some coffee and/or having breakfast.
Look mum no hands!, 49 Old Street, London, EC1V 9HX
London Software Craftsman Community
http://www.meetup.com/london-software-craftsmanship/events/134322192/

Wednesday 20th November – Meet A Mentor – University College London – Graduate only event
Have you always wondered what you want to do when you graduate?
Are you worried about all the talk of grads finding it hard to find work and what it will mean for you?
Do you want to know the difference between working in a bank, a gaming company or a startup?
What technology should you specialise in? Java, Ruby or any of the other countless programming languages?
Now is the chance to find out. You may well have heard the buzz about the Meet a Mentor events – this is the next in a series of events open to all students. Also please get in touch if you are interested in becoming a mentor: email Anji at ac@recworks.co.uk
Graduate Developer Community
http://www.meetup.com/grad-dc/events/147280852/

Thursday 21st November – Scala Coding Dojo
A regular coding dojo session run on every third Thursday of the month. The dojo is now held regularly at the central London offices of TIM Group.
London Scala User Group
http://www.meetup.com/london-scala/events/140694142/

Monday 25th November – Meet A Mentor – Queen Mary, University of London
Graduate only event
Have you always wondered what you want to do when you graduate?
Are you worried about all the talk of grads finding it hard to find work and what it will mean for you?
Do you want to know the difference between working in a bank, a gaming company or a startup?
What technology should you specialise in? Java, Ruby or any of the other countless programming languages?
Now is the chance to find out. You may well have heard the buzz about the Meet a Mentor events – this is the next in a series of events open to all students. Also please get in touch if you are interested in becoming a mentor: email Anji at ac@recworks.co.uk
Graduate Developer Community
http://www.meetup.com/grad-dc/events/151035692/

Monday 25th November – Evening Code and Coffee / Craft Beer
Similar to our morning Code and Coffee sessions, there is no strict format, only an opportunity to meet with like minded craftsmen, and discuss or collaborate on whatever you would like to.
Unlike our morning Code and Coffee sessions, you don’t have to get out of bed at some ungodly hour to be here. Just rock on down after work to find other night owls.
We’ll be meeting in “Look mum no hands!”, a laptop friendly cafe/bar that’s open until 10pm, and sells great coffee, good beers, and some tasty food if you make it before 8:30. They also repair bikes and hang them from the ceiling like chandeliers, because why not?
http://www.lookmumnohands.com/
London Software Craftsman Community
http://www.meetup.com/london-software-craftsmanship/events/134322202/

Tuesday 26th November – Code & Coffee (London Bridge)
Code & Coffee is a cool meeting for those who like coffee and love writing code. The idea is simple. Just come along and you may find other developers writing some code before going to work while drinking some coffee and/or having breakfast.
Caffe Fratelli
Victor Wharf, Clink Street, London SE1 9DG
London Software Craftsman Community
http://www.meetup.com/london-software-craftsmanship/events/134322222/

Tuesday 26th November – Code & Coffee (Central London)
Code & Coffee is a cool meeting for those who like coffee and love writing code. The idea is simple. Just come along and you may find other developers writing some code before going to work while drinking some coffee and/or having breakfast.
Starbucks
55-59 Oxford Street, Marylebone London, W1D 2EQ, London
London Software Craftsman Community
http://www.meetup.com/london-software-craftsmanship/events/134322212/

Thursday 28th November – November meet up
Date for your diaries – next meet up of the Manchester Java Community will be at MadLab on Thursday 28th November, 2013.
Manchester Java Community
http://www.meetup.com/ManchesterUK-Java-Community/events/148600382/

Thursday 28th November – Shut up and take my money – App Monetization made easy
From 19:00 to 21:30 in Campus London
Tim Messerschmidt will present different ways to monetize Android applications including different payment models like subscriptions. After building up common sense he’ll go into the new PayPal Android SDK that helps to realize these models by providing a comfortable wrapper around a rather complex topic called payments.
Closing with some live coding and Q&A this session should be of value to anyone who’s interested in payments in general or earning money with his Android application.
GDG London
http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/shut-up-and-take-my-money-app-monetization-made-easy-tickets-7290109915?aff=recworks

Thats everything for now, If you’re interested in getting your group or event on the list then please contact me on sh@recworks.co.uk for further assistance.

Sam
@SHRecWorks


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The London Java Community’s next free event is – ‘Android for Java Developers’ on Thursday 7th November at 18:30.

Please see link for details and to sign up - http://www.meetup.com/Londonjavacommunity/events/144640832/

Android for Java Developers

Presented by Carl Harroch.

This is the first event in a series of events we are running in collaboration with Londroid.co.uk on Android for Java Programmers.

Are you a Java programmer interested in learning about mobile apps? Do you want to broaden your programming horizons by being able to program on different devices? Are you looking to create the next Angry Birds but don’t know where to start?

This talk aims to give you enough knowledge to get you through the initial learning curve and give you enough knowledge to allow to explore Android on your own.

We’ll talk about the basic structures of the language, how you use it, what you can use from your existing Java knowledge and what the benefits of becoming a Londroider might be.

Who Should Attend:

Any java dev interested in getting dirty with Android. Junior is fine

Please see link for details and to sign up - http://www.meetup.com/Londonjavacommunity/events/144640832/

Organised by RecWorks:

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Hi everyone,

I hope you’re all doing well and have had a good start to the week. Last week we manned the LJC booth at JAX conference and managed to speak to a few developers that had not signed up to the LJC so firstly, welcome to our new members! It was also great to catch up with most of you at the community night, I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did.

If you are interested in getting involved in some more event over the next two weeks here is a list of what is happening in London:

Monday 4th November – The Bleeding Edge
Enterprise Java developers value reliability and stability, but what happens to your technology stack if you’re willing to take a risk? At jClarity we’re running production systems using Html 5, Angular.js, vertx, Mongo, groovy and deploying using chef. Its been an interesting ride: some things worked really well and some things don’t.
Come along and find out what we’d recommend and what we’d avoid with hindsight. We’ll also talk about how we ended up with such a diverse stack and how to make technology choices in a fairer way. We’ve made the mistakes so you don’t have to.
The London Java Community – http://www.meetup.com/Londonjavacommunity/events/144638112/ *This event has happened now but check the link for future events..

Monday 4th November – Not Just Arduino #21
At 7pm at London Hackspace (Arduino / electronics demos and jam)
http://wiki.london.hackspace.org.uk/view/Not_Just_Arduino *This event has happened now but check the link for future events..

Tuesday 5th November – Code & Coffee (West London)
Code & Coffee is a cool meeting for those who like coffee and love writing code. The idea is simple. Just come along and you may find other developers writing some code before going to work while drinking some coffee and/or having breakfast.
Caffe Nero
6 Hammersmith Broadway, London, W6 TAL
London Software Craftsman Community – http://www.meetup.com/london-software-craftsmanship/events/134322082/

Tuesday 5th November – Code & Coffee (Old street)
Code & Coffee is a cool meeting for those who like coffee and love writing code. The idea is simple. Just come along and you may find other developers writing some code before going to work while drinking some coffee and/or having breakfast.
Look mum no hands!, 49 Old Street, London, EC1V 9HX
London Software Craftsman Community – http://www.meetup.com/london-software-craftsmanship/events/134322092/

Tuesday 5th November – In the Brain of Oren Eini aka Ayende Rahien The DB Disassembly Kit
In this talk we will go into the details that actually make up the different components in a database, discuss how they are put together and what are the different design choices that you have for each of those components and how they work together.
Skills Matter – http://skillsmatter.com/event/java-jee/the-db-disassembly-kit

Thursday 7th November – Android for Java Developers
This is the first event in a series of events we are running in collaboration with Londroid.co.uk on Android for Java Programmers.
Are you a Java programmer interested in learning about mobile apps? Do you want to broaden your programming horizons by being able to program on different devices? Are you looking to create the next Angry Birds but don’t know where to start?
This talk aims to give you enough knowledge to get you through the initial learning curve and give you enough knowledge to allow to explore Android on your own.
We’ll talk about the basic structures of the language, how you use it, what you can use from your existing Java knowledge and what the benefits of becoming a Londroider might be.
The London Java Community – http://www.meetup.com/Londonjavacommunity/events/144640832/

Monday 11th November – Evening Code and Coffee / Craft Beer
Similar to our morning Code and Coffee sessions, there is no strict format, only an opportunity to meet with like minded craftsmen, and discuss or collaborate on whatever you would like to.
Unlike our morning Code and Coffee sessions, you don’t have to get out of bed at some ungodly hour to be here. Just rock on down after work to find other night owls.
We’ll be meeting in “Look mum no hands!”, a laptop friendly cafe/bar that’s open until 10pm, and sells great coffee, good beers, and some tasty food if you make it before 8:30. They also repair bikes and hang them from the ceiling like chandeliers, because why not?
http://www.lookmumnohands.com/
London Software Craftsman Community – http://www.meetup.com/london-software-craftsmanship/events/134322122/

Tuesday 12th November – Improving Infinispan’s Scalability: A new approach to group communication
NOTE: For those wishing to attend remotely, the Google Hangout link will appear here shortly before the event starts.
Infinispan is a distributed in memory key/value store that aims to be highly available and scalable. Its ability to scale is tightly linked to the underlying order protocol, aka atomic broadcast, used for enforcing serializability.
In this talk I will explore the scaling limits of Infinispan’s existing protocol and then propose an alternative approach to designing broadcast systems, that decouples ordering and broadcast.
This talk contrasts our approach with Infinispan’s, exploring the design features of our new approach and how they will improve Infinispan’s scalability.
This talk will be given by Ryan Emerson.
Newcastle JBoss User Group – http://www.meetup.com/Newcastle-JBoss-User-Group/events/148418582/?22893

Tuesday 12th November – Code & Coffee (London Bridge)
Code & Coffee is a cool meeting for those who like coffee and love writing code. The idea is simple. Just come along and you may find other developers writing some code before going to work while drinking some coffee and/or having breakfast.
Caffe Fratelli
Victor Wharf, Clink Street, London SE1 9DG
London Software Craftsman Community – http://www.meetup.com/london-software-craftsmanship/events/134322162/

Tuesday 12th November – Code & Coffee (Central London)
Code & Coffee is a cool meeting for those who like coffee and love writing code. The idea is simple. Just come along and you may find other developers writing some code before going to work while drinking some coffee and/or having breakfast.
Starbucks
55-59 Oxford Street, Marylebone London, W1D 2EQ, London
London Software Craftsman Community – http://www.meetup.com/london-software-craftsmanship/events/134322132/

Tuesday 12th November – Data and logic on acid: Introducing Leapsight Semantic Dataspace (LSD)
About the talk:
LSD is a distributed, in-memory, scalable, fault-tolerant, deductive semantic dataspace built on Erlang/OTP and Riak Core.
LSD stores immutable temporal facts, using the Resource Description Framework (RDF) as the basis for its information model. Facts are stored as a labelled directed graph, providing a natural and friction-less representation of many-to-many relationships, which are the nuts and bolts of consumer profiles, social networks, product catalogues and consumer-brand relationships. LSD provides dynamic schema and data management via formally defined ontologies without the need for physical schema changes..
London Erlang User Group – http://www.meetup.com/erlangusergroup/events/140020132/

Wednesday 13th November – Spark, Scala, and the Berkeley Data Analytics Stack.
This talk will introduce Apache Spark. Spark is a cluster computing engine that lets users concisely express a wide range of applications through APIs in Scala, Java and Python. Under the hood, Spark is written primarily in Scala. Spark supports streaming, batch and interactive analytics on very large datasets. Due to its support for in-memory storage and general operator graphs, it can run 100x faster than Hadoop for complex algorithms such as machine learning and graph processing…
London Scala Users’ Group – http://www.meetup.com/london-scala/events/144457152/

Wednesday 13th November – In the Brain of Russ Miles – Simple Pro Programming Techniques for Adaptable Software
Using code every step of the way, this talk by Russ Miles will take a tour through the problems of the Layered Architecture and how these problems are cleared up by applying the Hexagonal Architectural Pattern along with the latest software development techniques and tools.
Skills Matter – http://skillsmatter.com/event/java-jee/simple-pro-programming-techniques-for-adaptable-software

Thats everything for now, If you’re interested in getting your group or event on the list then please contact me on sh@recworks.co.uk for further assistance.

Sam

@SHRecWorks

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Hi all,

Congratulations to the entire community is warranted!

Details of the election and the results can be found here: http://jcp.org/en/whatsnew/elections

I won’t go into too much detail except to say that it’s great we can continue to represent developers around the world and that we’ll continue to focus on practical workshops, hack sessions and discussions to help drive Java forwards.

We’re always looking for volunteers to help out with these efforts, so if you want to have a direct hand in Java8/9/10, Java EE 8 and embedded Java, then let us know!

Cheers,
Martijn

What is the LJC

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