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LJC/Packt Publishing Monthly Promotion – December 2009

Congratulations to Kostas Karagianidis who won Novembers competition and picked up his free copy of Flex 3 with Java from Packt Publishing

Packt Publishing are a unique publishing company specializing in highly focused books on specific technologies and solutions.

Each month we run a promotion with them 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:

Spring Web Flow 2 Web Development

Seam 2.x Web Development

JasperReports 3.5 for Java Developers

LWUIT 1.1 for Java ME Developers

Pentaho Reporting 3.5 for Java Developers

JDBC 4.0 and Oracle JDeveloper for J2EE Development

Oracle SOA Suite Developer’s Guide

Grails 1.1 Web Application Development

DWR Java AJAX Applications

Service Oriented Architecture with Java

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.

Good luck,

Barry Cranford

A week ago at the LJC we had our first Unconference which was held at IBM’s South Bank offices and it was a superb success. We had a good mix of full presentations, lightening talks & discussion groups (the full list can be seen below) before retiring to the Slaughtered Lamb to chat about the day. The feedback I have picked up on the day and read afterwards suggests that everyone had a great time and we will look to repeat the event next year.

My thanks go firstly to Zoe Slattery of IBM. The Unconference was Zoe’s initial idea and it was Zoe that lead the initial planning and organization of the event, with Martijn Verburg and myself. Zoe has been involved with BarCamp and a few similar events in the past and her experience was evident in ensuring it was carefully planned to get the most out of the day. Zoe’s latest blog post illustrates her experience with Unconferences.

Martijn was great, not just with the pre-event planning but making sure the day ran smoothly from 8:30am to 11:00pm whilst giving a few presentations along the way, I would recommend everyone check his presentation on “How to be a rock star developer”

Thanks to IBM for allowing us to use their impressive South Bank offices. There were no marketing messages rammed home, the whole event was run by the IBM development team & the LJC.

Thanks to Catherine Hope, Mark Hindness, Anthony Phillips & Robin Fernandes of the IBM Development team who helped with the planning, and making sure the day went well (as well as giving presentations that proved to be very popular)

Finally thanks to everyone who came along on the day and got involved either with presenting or attending the events. You made the event what it was. I look forward to the next one – which is already in the initial planning. Watch this space!

Normal Talks (40 mins)

  • Bug of the month
  • Mocking in Java: Mockito
  • What’s stopping you adding Scala to existing JAva projects?
  • Real time Java and tuning fork visualisation tool
  • Graduate development community
  • IBM Research’s view of how technology will evolve over the next 2-10 years
  • Java development tools shoot-out
  • Performance tuning hygeine
  • Building autonomous scaling solutions with JAva
  • PHP on Java
  • Web apps meets OSGi – Apache Aries
  • Ask the recruiter
  • How to be a rock star developer
  • Bytecode swap meet

Lightning Talks (7 minutes)

  • Plumbing with Apache Camel
  • Dump diving (JSR 326 and Apache Kato)
  • Custom JVMs
  • Apache Harmony project
  • Financial data warehouse

Barry Cranford

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.