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FAQ

What is the GDC?
Why was it founded?
What goes on in the GDC?
Who can join?
Is there a fee to Join, is there a fee for the events?
How do I join?
Do you have to go to every presentation?
Where are the events held?
Can I read some member feedback?

What is the GDC?
The Graduate Development Community (GDC) is an active community for both undergraduates & recent graduates. Though currently based in London it is open for membership for anyone residing in the UK.

It is organized and run the the social networking site Meetup.com

Why was it founded?
To bridge the gap between the Academic, Open Source and Commercial worlds of the Software Development community. To help take the theory learned at University and learn to apply it to real world software problems.
 
What goes on in the GDC?
We run events, have an active mailing list, a growing blog with advice for graduates & provide an optional service to help connect you with industry professionals who can offer advice and support to guide you in your career.
There is also links to Graduate Jobs and we are currently trialling a service to offer free interview advice.
 
Who can join?
Developers, Programmers, Analysts, QA Analysts, Technologists, Project Managers, Business Analysts, Web Designers will all find something within the GDC.
The group is intended for undergraduates and recent graduates within the software industry. Many of the events will also be relevant to people entering the industry from alternative directions.
 
Is there a fee to Join, is there a fee for the events?
No totally free to join, the events are free too. The community is run by people with a passion to improve the industry and we have sponsored to ensure we do not need to charge for membership or events.
 
How do I join?
See our official site: http://www.meetup.com/grad-dc/

Do you have to go to every presentation?
Absolutely not. You can sign up and be as active or passive as you like. Each event attracts a different group too and the beauty of it is that it’s a supportive atmosphere which everyone is at the same level.

Where are the events held?
To date they have been in Central London but there is nothing to stop an event occurring outside of London.

Can I read some member feedback?
Yes – have a look here for member feedback: http://www.meetup.com/grad-dc/about/comments/?op=all

Packt Publishing are a unique publishing company specializing in highly focused books on specific technologies and solutions – please visit their site to find out more about them: www.packtpub.com
Each month we will  run a promotion with Packt in which ONE GDC member will be selected at random to receive a free book.

There are a list of 10 books below. To take part in the promotion all you have to do is RSVP to this event on Meetup and complete the questions.

Here are the books on offer this month, the winner will be picked at random and announced at the end of the month:

Apache OFBiz Development: The Beginner’s Tutorial
Tapestry 5: Building Web Applications
Swing Extreme Testing
Learning Jakarta Struts 1.2: a concise and practical tutorial
DWR Java AJAX Applications
Business Process Execution Language for Web Services 2nd Edition
Managing and Customizing OpenCms 6 Websites
OSWorkflow: A guide for Java developers and architects to integrating open-source Business Process Management
iReport 3.7
OpenCms 7 Development

To take part in the promotion all you have to do is send an email to me at b.cranford@clearview-itrs.co.uk with your name, your book choice and the address you would like your book to be sent. Please mark ‘Packt Publishing’ as the subject title.

Good luck,

Barry Cranford

What is the GDC?

The GDC, or Graduate Development Community is an independent community of undergraduate software developers. Our goal is to bridge the gap between the worlds of Academia and Business. We organise and host presentations and events with senior members of the development community as well as offering advice, guidance, internships and jobs through our community site.