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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: (thanks to Andrew and Trish for these)
Here is the event page – If you have some feedback please add it as a comment here

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.


Netiquette – Guidelines for the use of email on the London Java Community(


Whether you are a new or experienced member of this community, it is important to be aware of the conventions and points of good practice which have been developed within the community – network etiquette or ‘netiquette’.

Based on extended experience of e-mail and network use (and misuse), the following Netiquette is recommended to members. Please adopt these simple points of good practice and etiquette in your use of emails.

The Dos

* Remember the laws of the land relating to written communication apply equally to e-mail, including laws on defamation, copyright, obscenity, fraud and discrimination.

* Remember that the Internet is an open world – treat the security of e-mail messages about the same as a postcard i.e. Anyone might see what you have written.

* Make a good impression – your e-mail will be seen by persons who don’t know you, so ensure that what you write and how you write it gives the reader the right impression – they may be your future employer.

* Use humour and sarcasm with care – not everyone will appreciate it and without voice inflection and body language, mail messages can be easily misinterpreted. It sometimes helps to use ’emoticons’ such as a smiley face e.g. 🙂

The Don’ts

* Don’t broadcast e-mail unnecessarily – this can be easy to do by mistake and will probably annoy the group members intensely.

* Don’t send frivolous, vulgar, abusive or defamatory messages – apart from being discourteous and offensive, they may break the law.

* Don’t ‘flame’ – Flames are messages or replies that express anger or might anger the reader. Don’t get involved in flame wars. Neither post nor respond to incendiary mail.

* Don’t ‘spam’ – i.e. Don’t send electronic garbage. Sending junk e-mail, such as advertisements, or other unsolicited material, to you don’t know is considered ‘spamming’.

LJC Organisers

JRebel maps your project workspace directly to your running application. When a developer makes a change to any class or resource in their IDE the change is immediately reflected in the application, skipping the build and redeploy phases. For further information see their site:

We have two personal licenses of JRebel including their Enterprise Add-on (a combined value of $159 USD) to offer this month.

To take part in the promotion all you have to do is send an email to me at with your name and email address. Please mark JRebel as the subject title.

Congratulations to last month’s winners – Abhijit and Simon Pink!



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.