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. http://zoomsplatter.blogspot.com/

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” http://martijnverburg.blogspot.com/2009/12/how-to-be-rock-star-developer.html

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