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Hi all,

Thanks to everyone that made it out last night.

We had an amazing turn out, I didn’t count but looked like over 70 people in the audience. I had a lot of good feedback last night and you can see a review from Paul Grenyer here , the video will be available here  and please visit the Meetup event page or use the twitter tag #ljc_springroo to see or write comments and feedback.

Thanks goes firstly to Jan for coming down from Manchester to give the presentation last night and of course to Guy Remond and Cake Solutions for providing the pizzas and beer. Feel free to get in touch with Jan (Technical side) or Pete (Business side) for further information on Cake. It is well worth checking out the upcoming Agile World Conference that is being organised and run by Cake Solutions. Thanks also to Arthur Embleton for the Lightning talk on Play Framework, again it was well received from all I spoke to after the event. Finally thanks to SkillsMatter for providing the venue and making these events so easy to organise.

Whilst we don’t have any Spring Roo positions, we have a lot of roles involving Spring. If you would like to check out our latest jobs visit our job board. Please remember that we have new jobs in every week and some are placed before we advertise them, so for the best positions give Andrew, Kenric or myself a shout and we’ll let you know which roles would be the best match for you.

Our next presentation is on JVM Cloud Platforms – looking forward to seeing you there –


The London Java Community’s next free event is – Spring Roo – Wednesday June 22nd – 6:30pm.

Please see link for details and to sign up –

Jan Macháček’s Spring Roo talk will introduce the ideas behind Roo and their technical implementation. The talk will show the main architectural choices of the Roo applications, explain the Spring configuration under the hood. Looking beyond the usual object-oriented Spring code, Jan will show how Roo understands the structure of the application using the source-level annotations and how it separates out the custom code from the code it generates using the intra-type Aspects.

To demonstrate all this, Jan will be showing how to use Roo to rapidly prototype your application and, once that’s done, how to take your application beyond the prototype. To close, we will discuss the question on everyone’s mind: “is Roo worth it?”

Who should attend:

– Developer’s with Java experience and appreciation of complex (web) applications; some Spring and AOP experience would be helpful.
– Graduates will enjoy the talk also – Jan will be mentioning computer science’s favourite: expert systems.


18:00: Doors Open
18:30: A series of lightning talks from members of the London Java Community
19:00: Main presentation – Jan Macháček will present Spring Roo.
20:30: Networking


Jan Macháček is the technical director at Cake Solutions, highly experienced Java enterprise architect, consultant and developer with very strong technical and team management skills.

He works best in complex environments where his capable and assured grasp of issues and leadership qualities enable him to provide real value in managing and directing development to successful completion. Jan combines the deep insight of lean and agile management with the theoretical concepts of computer science, low-level programming, UNIX operating systems, RDBMSs and detailed knowledge of the contemporary Java EE frameworks with his authoring and speaking experience to mentor, drive and motivate large development teams.

Jan has demonstrated his technical and agile management skills on numerous projects in the public and private sectors; working with the in-house teams as well as delivering projects at Cake Solutions. He has led teams through the perils of agile software delivery, bringing control and value to the business and the joy of programming back to the technical teams. Jan shares his agile leadership experience in publications for the NCC, at public events and at national conferences.

Alongside several articles, Jan has authored 4 books; the most notable ones are Pro Spring and Pro Spring 2.5. He regularly speaks at conferences and developer events in the UK and abroad and he is the editor of the Open Source Journal.

In his spare time, Jan likes to explore new programming languages and experiment with microcontrollers. Jan also competes in time trials and road races as a member of the Manchester Wheelers’ Cycling Club.

Please Note:

Nearest tube: Barbican
Nearest Coffee Shop – Sun Coffee Shop – 55-63 Goswell Road, London EC1V 7EN or Pret a Manger – 9/10 Charterhouse Buildings, London EC1M 7AN
should you arrive at the event early
Nearest Public House – Slaughtered Lamb

Please note SkillsMatter are hosting this event and are handling the attendance – it is essential that you confirm your place at this link: 

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.