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JAX, the conference series on Java, Enterprise Technology, Agile, SOA and Cloud, is coming to the UK for the first time and will run alongside OSGi DevCon from 22nd – 24th February 2010. 

We have 5 delegate places to giveaway to JAX London for members of the London Java Community.

This is your chance to attend one of next year’s most important events in the Java development calendar.  Each place is worth up to £600, and could be yours for free.

Simply send me an email – with ‘JAX London’ and let me know if you’re interested in being entered for the prize draw. The deadline is Monday 7th December, shortly after we’ll announce the 5 lucky winners.

If you are not one of the lucky winners you can still attend and save money too.  We have negotiated a special discount for members of London Java Community giving you an extra 5% off delegate places – just enter the special discount code ‘LJC01’ when you book your place.

These discounts can be applied to already reduced ‘very early bird’ delegate rate offers, giving you a double saving if you book early.

Book by 17th December and you can get:

1 day delegate pass – only £189.05

2 day delegate pass – only £331.55

3 day delegate pass – only £474.05

This is your chance to hear from speakers including Architecture Expert Kevlin Henney, Enterprise Architect & Language Expert Ted Neward, Charles Nutter – creator of JRuby, Guillaume Laforge – Groovy Project Lead and many more…

Visit for further information and to check out confirmed content and speakers so far.

Barry Cranford

Quick membership update for you – today we hit 800 members and are seeing a real surge in activity through the group and with readers of the blog!

Just 2 weeks ago today I announced that we had hit 750 – I’m really pleased that we are continuing to grow and it’s incredible to read all the various places our new members are coming from… of course the amount of active members is a more important statistic than the total number of members, but they need to be in the community to get involved. The news that the Brazilian Java Community has over 30,000 members is very inspiring and I see no reason why we can’t triple again in size by the end of next year!!

Keep spreading the word guys – 1000 members here we come!

Skills Matter, our sponsor, is organising some exciting conferences in London, UK for the open source and agile developer community. They have offered LJC members 25% discount of the ticket price. To qualify for this special community discount, please email me for the discount code to use when registering, or see our mailing list.

Agile Specifications, BDD and Testing eXchange (1 day), London, UK, November 27th – for agile developers and testers

Featuring Dan North, Gojko Adzic, Liz Keogh, Janet Gregory, Antony Marcano, Andy Palmer, David Evans and two ParkBench Panel Discussions

Follow the event on #agiletestingx


Lean & Kanban eXchange (1 day), London, UK, December 1st – for project managers, IT Managers, agile developers, architects and anyone interested in Lean thinking

Featuring David J Anderson, David Laribee, David Joyce, Zi Makki, Benjamin Mitchell, Karl Scotland, Martine Devos and two ParkBench Panel Discussions

Follow the event on #kanbanexchange



Droidcon (1 day), London, UK, December 2nd – for android developers

Featuring Carl-Gustaf Harroch, Kevin McDonagh , Andreas Reuterberg, Alex Shaw, Akshay Dashrath, Gabor Paller, Martin Roth and two ParkBench Panel Discussions

Follow the event on #droidconlondon


RoR eXchange (1 day), London, December 3rd – for ruby on rails developers

Featuring Amy Hoy, Jason Davies, Frederic Cheung, Sven Fuchs, David Black, Andrew Chalkley and two ParkBench Panel Discussions

Follow the event on #rorexchange


Functional Programming eXchange (1 day), London, UK, December 7th – for functional programmers of all languages

Featuring Robert Pickering, Sadek Drobi, Matthew Sackman, Anton Schwaighofer, Ganesh Sittampalam, Miles Sabin, Duncan Coutts and two ParkBench Panel Discussions

Follow the event on #functionalpx


Groovy & Grails eXchange (2 days), London, UK, December 9th and 10th (only very few tickets left) – for groovy and grails developers

Featuring Russ Miles, Guillaume LaForge, Russel Winder, Hans Dockter, Burt Beckwith, Venkat Subramaniam, Dierk Koenig, Graeme Rocher, Peter Ledbrook, Tareq Abedrabbo, Sébastien Blanc, Tomas Lin and two ParkBench Panel Discussions

Follow the event on #groovygrailsx


Open Source in Finance eXchange (1 day), London, UK, December 15th – for JEE architects and developers of high performance, scalable systems in financial services

Featuring Alan Hardy, Rob Davies, Angelo Corsaro, David Vincent, Alex McGuire, Janne Valkealahti, Emma McGrattan and two ParkBench Panel Discussions

Follow the event on #opensourcefinx





I have created a Wikimap for anyone to contribute to. The aim of the map is to make it easy for students, graduates and entry level programmers to understand the industry and decide which route seems more appealing.

I need help from the LJC to add to the map and highlight areas that I have missed or information that you feel would be useful.

It can be found here:


We are now an official Java User Group (JUG)

This will not affect the way that we are run however we can now benefit from being hooked into the international Java User Group scene and can benefit from Java developers moving to the UK looking for a User Group to participate in. If anyone is planning to relocate overseas let me know and I can provide an introduction to the User Group in that country. To read further about Sun’s JUG scheme you can visit this site:

I enquired as to how large the communities grow and was sent these statistics:

Cologne JUG Germany — has about 900 members

javaBin Norway runs JavaZone conference: 2000+ members

Belgian JUG runs developer conference about 2000 members

Netherlands JUG runs Masters of Java Coding Competition, J-Fall Developer Conference, J-Spring Developer Conf. 3000 members

Java Community Process of Korea has over 8000 members in Seoul

But the big one – DFJUG Brasilia Brazil has over 30,000 JUG members!!!


James Ward: The RIA Cowboy

We have just confirmed a new Free Meetup from Adobe’s James Ward: Click the above link to RSVP.

RIAs with Java, Spring, Hibernate, BlazeDS, and Flex

Java developers want to use what they already know to build great software.

Rich Internet Applications allow us to build better software but with many of the options out there developers have to replace what they know with a new software stack. This session will help you learn how to use what you already know to begin building RIAs. For those new to Flex the session it will cover the basics of connecting a Flex application to a Java back-end powered by Spring and Hibernate. There will be tons of code aimed at those looking to make the move to RIA.

As usual we will find a suitable bar to frequent after the presentation for a free sponsored drink from myself.

James Ward is a Technical Evangelist for Flex at Adobe and Adobe’s JCP representative to JSR 286, 299, and 301. Much like his love for climbing mountains he enjoys programming because it provides endless new discoveries, elegant workarounds, summits and valleys. His adventures in climbing have taken him many places. Likewise, technology has brought him many adventures, including: Pascal and Assembly back in the early 90’s; Perl, HTML, and JavaScript in the mid 90’s; then Java and many of it’s frameworks beginning in the late 90’s. Today he primarily uses Flex to build beautiful front-ends for Java based back-ends. Prior to Adobe, James built a rich marketing and customer service portal for Pillar Data Systems.

Design by Daniel Smallman –

Barry Cranford

PacktLogoLJC/Packt Publishing Monthly Book Promotion

We have some new sponsors of technology books to the group. Packt Publishing are a unique publishing company specializing in highly focused books on specific technologies and solutions.

We are running a new promotion which will be taking place every month in which ONE LJC member will be selected at random to receive a free book.

Each month we will send you a list of 10 books. To take part in the promotion all you have to do is send an email to me at with your name, your book choice and the address you would like your book to be sent. Please mark Packt Publishing as the subject title.

Here are the books on offer this month, the winner will be picked at random and announced at the end of the month.

  1. Drools JBoss Rules 5.0 Developer’s Guide
  2. Liferay Portal 5.2 Systems Development
  3. JDBC 4.0 and Oracle JDeveloper for J2EE Development
  4. Alfresco 3 Enterprise Content Management Implementation
  5. Flex 3 with Java
  6. Spring 2.5 Aspect Oriented Programming
  7. JBoss Drools Business Rules
  8. JBoss Portal Server Development
  9. WebSphere Application Server 7.0 Administration Guide
  10. Blogger: Beyond the Basics

This offer is only open to LJC members. Membership is free, if you’re not already a member and would like to take part, please sign up here:

Good luck to you all.

Barry Cranford


Our online rebranding is complete! LJC Member and Web 2.0 designer Daniel Smallman has completed the design of a new logo and Community artwork for us They are available as desktop wallpapers through the Meetup group files section.

Your feedback is most welcome – I hope you all enjoy!

What is the LJC

The London Java Community (LJC) is a group of Java Enthusiasts who are interested in benefiting from shared knowledge in the industry. Through our forum and regular meetings you can keep in touch with the latest industry developments, learn new Java (& other JVM) technologies, meet other developers, discuss technical/non technical issues and network further throughout the Java Community.