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The London Java Community is delighted to announce that our 2nd Unconference will take place on 26th June 2010, organised in association with the Apache Software Foundation.

Building on the success of the 1st Unconference at IBM’s offices, Skills Matter is kindly hosting the next instalment at their premier London location.

If you have something interesting to say about Java or want hear about the exciting world of Apache Projects, book your place now HERE. This is a community event but we need to charge £27.50 to cover costs of breakfast, lunch, tea & coffee – sorry!

Themes for the 2nd Unconference are Java and Apache – broad subjects areas that allow maximum creative freedom throughout the day. So the landscape is clear for talks on the Java language, Spring, Hibernate, Open Source and Java, OSGi, or perhaps even JVM languages – basically all things Java and Apache.

If you want to share your Java experiences or hear from others, the LJC 2nd Unconference is something not to be missed. And if you are a participant of any of the 70+ Apache projects or Apache incubating projects, we want to hear from you.

An Unconference is a “facilitated, participant-driven conference centered around a theme or purpose” (Wikipedia) . In other words the content is provided by the audience – YOU! Already confirmed subjects are:

• OSGi application visualisation tools going into Apache Aries

• Naked Objects open source framework

Spaces are limited to 70 so book now. We’ll also keep a waiting list in case of drop outs.

For online discussions before, during, and after the event, use Twitter tag: #LJCUC02

I would just like to inform the London Java Community about “Packt’s new Brand Launch”

Packt has recently launched two new brands on 26th April – Packt Enterprise and Packt Open Source. This is being done in order to specialize in the areas of Open Source and Enterprise. They have also started a blog (link to to keep readers up to date with the branding information. Packt is set to launch two free eBooks to celebrate the launch of Packt Open Source and Packt Enterprise.
Packt have been loyal sponsors of the LJC for the last 6 months so please have a look at the blog and continue to support them.

Packt Publishing are a unique publishing company specializing in highly focused books on specific technologies and solutions – please visit their site to find out more about them:

Each month we run a promotion with Packt in which LJC members will be selected at random to receive free books. This month we are offering 3 LJC members the chance to win;

First Prize Winner will receive 1 print copy and 1 e-copy of his/her choice,
Runner Up Winner – 1 print copy of his/her choice
Third Prize Winner – 1 e-copy of his/her choice.

There are a list of 10 books below. To take part in the promotion all you have to do is RSVP to this event on Meetup and complete the questions.

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

Apache OFBiz Development: The Beginner’s Tutorial
Tapestry 5: Building Web Applications
Swing Extreme Testing
Learning Jakarta Struts 1.2: a concise and practical tutorial
DWR Java AJAX Applications
Business Process Execution Language for Web Services 2nd Edition
Managing and Customizing OpenCms 6 Websites
OSWorkflow: A guide for Java developers and architects to integrating open-source Business Process Management
iReport 3.7
OpenCms 7 Development

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.

Congratulations to the winners of our April draw – Jerry Bate and Taulant Bajraktari!

Good luck,

Barry Cranford

Message from Transfer Summit team:

Every two years, OSS Watch hosts an international conference, and registration has just opened for our 2010 event. At TransferSummit/UK, business executives, technologists and members of the academic and research communities will be able to meet and discuss requirements, challenges and opportunities in the use, development, licensing and future of open source technology. In an array of presentations – from quick-start sessions to real-world case studies to emerging showcases – international speakers from the worlds of commerce and academia will cover a host of topics. These will be divided into three tracks:

– Innovation: aimed at executive-level attendees, this track provides a top-level immersion into the world of open source. Topics include foundations, infrastructure, licensing, governance, community-building and more.
– Development: aimed at technologists, this track highlights the day-to-day practice of putting open source into action. Topics include version-control, IP tracking, user engagement and more.
– Collaboration: aimed at both technical and non-technical audiences, this track offers real-world case studies, proofs of concept, first-hand accounts and market trends, and analyses what’s up-and-coming in open source.

In addition, attendees will enjoy a keynote presentation, breakout sessions, agala dinner at Keble College, ample networking opportunities and, an optional extra at no additional cost, a BarCamp on Saturday 26 June.

To be held in the historic city of Oxford, TransferSummit is being organised byOSS Watch, in partnership with key individuals and organisations from the open source community, including the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) and the University of Oxford.

Registration is now open (note we have 100 free tickets for people from the academic space; drop us a mail with your credentials to get the discount code).

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.