Hi All,

Last night we had our event on AWS Elastic Beanstalk. The event ran from 18:00 to 23:00 and went really well, other than the minor pizza fail (sorry guys!).

Firstly here are some photos of the event last night: http://on.fb.me/jZil9a (thanks to Andrew and Trish for these)
Here is the event page – If you have some feedback please add it as a comment here http://bit.ly/jnhMcA

We kicked off the night with a series of lightning talks.

Martin Frost spoke about Playfish
Trisha Gee explained about the LJC and it’s role within the JCP
Mike Barker discussed his involvement with the JSR Project Coin
Ged Byrne presented his take on technical interviews
and finally Samir Talwar gave a live coding demo of using Functional programming with Java.

We then moved on to our final presentation of Matt Wood (who impressively had gotten off a flight a few hours earlier) who gave a great presentation of Amazon Elastic Beanstalk. Matt was good enough to stick around until the end answering everyone’s questions.

Thanks firstly to PlayFish for the use of their offices and beer fridge. We have helped many Java developers get into PlayFish over the last few years and have a great working relationship with them.

Massive thanks also goes to Matt and Amazon for the presentation and of course providing the pizza’s. Matt is happy to be contacted with further questions and is especially interested in hearing from companies that would like to know more about AWS so if you couldn’t make it last night then please get in touch.

Thanks to all our lightning talkers, there is a constant opportunity to get involved in these events and giving a presentation – it’s a great way to escalate your profile which can lead to new opportunities and promotions, or just a way of sharing what you have learned with a group of enthusiastic developers. We can offer constructive feedback from experienced speakers so if you’re at all interested let me know.

Finally thanks to everyone that made it out last night. We are one of the most active Java User Groups in Europe and we’re keen to stay that way so if you have any feedback at all please let Martijn or myself know.

Finally finally, cue shameless plug, at ClearView we are working with many of the best organisations in London for Java developers, if you’re not happy in your current role then feel free to give Andrew, Kenric or myself a call/email for an informal chat. We are far more interested in building long term relationships than one off placements, but if you do feel the time is right now we are happy to help.

See you next time.

Thanks,
Barry