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Packt, publisher of specialist IT books, has today announced the launch of new discounts for any orders of multiple books. Visitors to who purchase 2-4 books will automatically receive an 18% discount, while those who purchase 5-10 books will receive 20% off of the books’ cover prices.

These discounts are available across all of Packt’s hard copy books bought via the company’s website, and organisations of all sizes are offered the opportunity to obtain books for their employees or members at discounted prices.

Larger discounts are on offer as well. If a greater number of books are required, an email address has been set up – – to help customers contact us about ordering in bulk much more efficiently. “Particularly since the launch of Packt Enterprise and Packt Open Source, Packt’s books are becoming ever more focussed, and therefore increasingly relevant to the specific needs of larger organisations.”, said Mark Nichols, marketing executive at Packt Publishing. “These new, easy to access discounts means that facilitating purchases in bulk will be much more simple.”

We have made some updates to our advice section

These include new bespoke pages on:

– Open Source Software
– CV & Interview Advice
– Internships

If there is anything you would like to see or you have any feedback please let us know.

Over the last few months we have researched & investigated several ways to work with members of the technical community to be able to connect graduates with employers for internships & short term placements.

We have concluded that the best way is by working with Having met the founder of the company we feel it is the best solution for candidates looking for short term placements. They have a very strong presence in the UK and work hard to promote their brand as far as possible.

The GDC also has a profile on and use this to promote internships which are exclusive to GDC members: http://www.enternship… If you would like to find an intern but don’t have time to go through the process – just send us a mail of what you’re looking for and we’ll get it out to the community.

Good luck, please let us know if you’re able to find an internship using this approach.

Barry Cranford

Packt PublishingPackt 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:

Each month we will  run a promotion with Packt in which ONE GDC member will be selected at random to receive a free book.

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

Flex 3 with Java
Tomcat 6 Developer’s Guide
Building Powerful and Robust Websites with Drupal 6
Object-Oriented Programming with PHP5
Java EE 5 Development with NetBeans 6
Apache CXF Web Service Development
Learning Dojo
Jquery 1.4 Reference Guide
JSF 2.0 Cookbook
EJB 3 Developer Guide

To take part in the promotion all you have to do is send an email to me at 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.

Please visit the Packt site at

Congratulations to the winner of our June draw – Haroon!

Good luck,

Barry Cranford

I thought it may be worth highlighting this book review by Simon Brown – a highly experienced developer/architect and founder of Architecture-focussed meetup group “Coding The Architecture”.

Simon writes: “I’ve been working as a software developer since 1996 and during that time I’ve worked on a number of different projects for different customers. Some have been big, while others have been small. Some have been desktop applications, while others have been deployed on the web. Some have been very structured, while others have been less formal. I’ve had relative freedom on some and been restricted on others.”

While the overall goal of all these projects was to develop software, each project brought its own challenges and experiences. One of the things that I most like about working in a consulting environment is that it can genuinely give you a very wide variety of work and this means that you tend to learn a lot in a comparatively short amount of time. You obviously get to learn lots of major things (new technologies, new ways to design software, etc) but there are a number of other things that you learn about too, particularly around some of the nuances of software development and the actual process of building software.

If you can imagine somebody sharing this sort of experience through a book about software development, then basically you have Design-Build-Run.”

The book sounds as though it would be a good read for recent graduates looking for a head start on the competition. Many interview questions will cover this information & many employers would be blown away by a candidate that could answer confidently – or at least was showing significant interest as to be reading about it in their spare time.

I would recommend reading the full blog post here: to make up your mind for yourself.

Good luck,


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.