Hey guys,

As an LJC New year’s resolution, we are going to try and keep everyone updated with what’s going on within the LJC each month, so here goes with the first newsletter…

The LJC reached exactly 2050 members when the fireworks went off over Southbank. It’s great that we hit such a high level in 2011 and we’re keen to keep growing. December is always a slow month for new people joining the LJC, yet we still managed to enlist just under 40 new members which is pretty impressive given our relative lack of events in December. We also received 139 RSVPs to upcoming events, under half of the 288 RSVPs we had in November.

Events

December was a relatively quiet month for us; the organisers were due a break after the relentless organization that went into this years superb Open Conference at IBM Southbank. That said we still managed to pack two events in.

Our first was the JDK8 Warnings Cleanup day, in which apparently “many CPUs were harmed”. With just a days notice we managed to get 10 people along and craft some patches despite the difficulty in building the OpenJDK. Special thanks to Mike Barker for providing the VM and a ton of build advice.

Later in the month we had our monthly Code Share, which has become a regular feature on the LJC calendar and is run by Ged Byrne and David Snowdon. 20 people from the LJC got along to solve a variety of Java puzzles, mixing with graduates from the Graduate Developer Community at QM University London. Ged and Dave have a busy schedule booked for this year, including the already packed out event this month on Concurrency.

JCP news

December saw a good uptake in people joining the ‘Adopt a JSR’ program.  The LJC is now actively working on 6-7 JSRs and 4 other Java User Groups around the globe have also joined in the program. As the program is only 2 months old, this is really encouraging news for the Java platform and community!  The LJC JCP committee also had its monthly meeting of which you can find the minutes at https://londonjavacommunity.wordpress.com/2011/12/15/minutes-for-the-ljcjcp-committee-meeting-on-6th-december/

Sponsors

Jobs – RecWorks 

Firstly a word from myself and RecWorks, the LJC Founders. For those that don’t know RecWorks is a recruitment consultancy working as an integral part of the London Java Community. We work with many of the best employers of Java developers in London. We work in every sector from investment banking to social gaming, working with blue chips to startups.

We are entering 2012 with a number of new positions. December is usually a quiet time for recruitment but we picked up several new clients in the final weeks of 2011. Our first new position is a contract for a Spring, Hibernate developer within an International music publishing company http://developercareers.recworks.co.uk/online/ViewJob.aspx?JobId=1018

Another new role we have is for a mid level Java developer, perhaps someone looking for their second role with a few years of experience within the fundamentals of Java development. Ideally, someone familiar with good practices. The role is paying up to 45k and further details can be found here: http://developercareers.recworks.co.uk/online/ViewJob.aspx?JobId=1028

We also have a position for a seasoned Java developer to build and enhance their current software portfolio, including a cutting edge technology widely used by money managers and investors. The role requires no financial experience although you must have experience with multithreaded programming/concurrency. More details here: http://developercareers.recworks.co.uk/online/ViewJob.aspx?JobId=1012

Training – Skills Matter

SkillsMatter are the premier European training organisation who run courses in Central London. They host many of our free evening events. They have upcoming events on a host of technologies including Spring, TDD, Groovy and Grails. More details can be found about all their courses here: http://skillsmatter.com/go/java-jee

Member benefits

There is a growing list of benefits of being involved in the LJC including the Aggrity site, the LJC Book club and discounts to conferences. For more information see our Benefits Google doc here: http://www.tinyurl.com/ljcbenefits

Coming this month

We are kicking off the years events on the 11th Jan with our most popular Code Share to date (27 on the waiting list) on Concurrency. We then have our monthly Developer Sessions on Tuesday 17th, which will be sponsored by Atlassian so expect stacks of free chips, pizzas and other fried foods. Finally, on the 1st February we take a look in depth at a new Open Source programming language, Xtend.

We are looking forward to seeing you at one of the events.

Warm regards,

Barry Cranford & Martijn Verburg