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It was a superb evening on Tuesday night, thanks to Trisha and Mike for giving the presentation ‘Understanding the Disruptor, a Beginner’s Guide to Hardcore Concurrency’ – 12 reviews and just shy of 5 *s!

I have to say it really is rare that we get as much positive feedback as we did on Tuesday night.

Thanks also to Somay, Ged and Peter for the lightning talks. If you have the slides available please upload them to the LJC meetup page, or if they’re available online somewhere please add the comment to the event:

Thanks also to Steve and PlayFish – as I said last night we couldn’t ask for better hosts, especially with the beer fridge open all night.

Thanks finally to JAX London for the pizzas and free tickets (congrats Dan/Richard). For those still to check out JAX London then visit 3 weeks to go and Trish/Mike and 60 other presenters will be speaking.

I hope you had a good night. If you are potentially interested in a new position please check out our latest roles on our job page:

Thanks again all,


Events coming up

There is another fun and engaging Clojure Coding dojo on Tuesday and is as popular as ever as the event is full.  It will be the last dojo before my “Getting started with Clojure” talk at JAX London, so am looking forward to learning some more things I can put into the talk.

Simon Maple and Zoey Slattery are also running the “OSGi: Lets get started” event on Tuesday.  This will be a great way to understand OSGi and what it can do to help your Java development and deployment.

Please see the list at the end of this email for a full schedule of up coming events. 

Time is running out to contribute to the community testing of the Java SE 7 Developer Preview Release .  The latest build is feature complete, stable and ready to roll – so download, test and report bugs before the April 4th deadline.  If you submit a bug report before the 4th, the Java product team will sing your praises on the Java SE 7 Honor Role, plus they will send you some Java swag. Bugs reported later on might not get fixed in time for the initial release, so if you want to be a contributor to Java SE 7 do it before the April deadline.

Firefox 4 was officially released last week and has already broken all the browser download records, with twice as many downloads as IE9 in the space of 24 hours.  In less than a week there have been around 37,000,000 (37 million) – which you can see if you head over to the neat looking download stats page, a great example of data visualisation and interaction.  Its good to see Europe beating North America at something, as we are still ahead in numbers of downloads.  Inside of Europe, Gernany is well ahead of everyone else and has more than twice the downloads of the UK.

Full Circle #47 is out and includes more programing in Python, LibreOffice and eBook Reader Software.  There is also a special edition: The Perfect Server detailing how to build a an Ubuntu 9.10 server and configure lots of common server services, available in English and Italian.  Even though its based on the older Ubuntu 9.10 server, all the steps are pretty much the same for the lasted 10.10 server version.

There are more videos available from The Server Side Symposium, including this short about Java 7 from two people you may recognise.

Summary of Last weeks events
At the Weekday testers event, there were over 40 testers online across several countries trying out different aspects of Firefox.  Javascript processing is much improved and makes certain sites much quicker to load.  Flash support seems much better and watching flash videos seemed quicker to load and start than in Chrome.  If you get the very latest build of chrome (or chromium on Ubuntu) then firefox was a few milliseconds slower, but the page rendering differences were hard to measure as they were so close.  I still use Firefox and Chromium together for my browsing, mainly so I can have different accounts on the same sites. 

Cuke Up was a great day of behaviour driven development and acceptance testing with many of the project leaders and influential people speaking or chatting between talks.  Highlights of the day for me include:

Matt Wynne – Mortgage Driven Development
Dan North and Liz Keogh – Deliberate Discovery
Aslak Hellesoy – Keynote and Cucumber update

It was great to hear that Cuke4Duke, the cucumber style acceptance testing framework will be getting a major upgrading to make it simpler to use.  Currently it runs via JRuby and a few other libraries, so the plan it to make it more Java like so you can use  There is also active development in the management of all your scenario files with the development of the Relish tool,  a web based tool to manage and navigate through your scenario files.  You will also be able to work with your cucumber files via a website, allowing you to edit your scenarios and features, making it very easy for non-technical team members to work with cucumber.  To see some of the soundbites of the conference, look at the twitter tag #cukeup

Applying Lean Software Development Principles Throughout the Organization

If you have write-ups of any events, please let the list know or send them directly to me.

Thank you


A quick reminder that the UK’s newest Java conference takes place in London from 22nd – 24th February.  

JAX London offers fresh knowledge from the industry’s leading players on Java, Enterprise Technology, SOA, Agile & Cloud.  Share first-hand experiences and insights that let you develop like never before.

In December JAX London gave 5 free tickets to members of the London Java Community.  If you missed out on these, you can still get discounted tickets here:

Enter LJC02 when booking for an extra 5% off. 

JAX London will be the perfect forum for software developers, project managers and architects to learn about the latest Technology, Architecture and Agile Methodologies. 

There’s a huge range of content on Java Enterprise, Java Web, Java Core, Agile, Spring, Architecture, Ruby on Rails, Groovy & Grails and more.   The latest updated sessions and speakers can be found at:

JAX, the conference series on Java, Enterprise Technology, Agile, SOA and Cloud, is coming to the UK for the first time and will run alongside OSGi DevCon from 22nd – 24th February 2010. 

We have 5 delegate places to giveaway to JAX London for members of the London Java Community.

This is your chance to attend one of next year’s most important events in the Java development calendar.  Each place is worth up to £600, and could be yours for free.

Simply send me an email – with ‘JAX London’ and let me know if you’re interested in being entered for the prize draw. The deadline is Monday 7th December, shortly after we’ll announce the 5 lucky winners.

If you are not one of the lucky winners you can still attend and save money too.  We have negotiated a special discount for members of London Java Community giving you an extra 5% off delegate places – just enter the special discount code ‘LJC01’ when you book your place.

These discounts can be applied to already reduced ‘very early bird’ delegate rate offers, giving you a double saving if you book early.

Book by 17th December and you can get:

1 day delegate pass – only £189.05

2 day delegate pass – only £331.55

3 day delegate pass – only £474.05

This is your chance to hear from speakers including Architecture Expert Kevlin Henney, Enterprise Architect & Language Expert Ted Neward, Charles Nutter – creator of JRuby, Guillaume Laforge – Groovy Project Lead and many more…

Visit for further information and to check out confirmed content and speakers so far.

Barry Cranford

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.