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Hi all,

Thanks to everyone that made it out last night.

We had a great turn out, 80-90 in the audience which is good. I had a lot of good feedback last night and if anyone has seen any reviews please let me know, the video will be available here once SkillsMatter have completed it. I’ll update the Meetup event page with links to slides, finally use the twitter tag #ljc_jvmcloud to see or write comments and feedback.

It was a superb night. We had four great lightning talks including:

JCP and Java Dataing with Jim Gough
Scalability with Akamai by Matt Humphries
Architecture in the Cloud by Justin Brister
Steam Punk Programming by Ged Byrne

We then followed up with the main presentations on WSO2 from Paul Fremantly and Cloud Foundry from Peter Ledbrook. Finally we headed to the pub to carry on the questions over beer, as usual this deteriorated into brawls civil conversations about whether NoSQL was evil or not and the latest emails from recruiters to experienced Java developers offering c# graduate schemes.

Thanks so much to all the speakers for the main presentations last night. Finally thanks to SkillsMatter for providing the venue and making these events so easy to organise.

At ClearView, we are working with a number of different clients on roles involving Cloud technologies. 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 me a shout and we’ll let you know which roles would be the best match for you.

Our next presentation is our social on Tuesday with the Developer Sessions, hope to see you there.


Packt Open Source has this week announced a series of discounts on its selection of best selling Open Source books. Readers will be offered exclusive discounts off the cover price of selected print books and eBooks for a limited period only. 

So far in 2011, Packt Open Source announced in March that its donations to Open Source projects has surpassed the $300,000 mark, while in April insight into various projects was offered during the ‘Believe in Open Source’ campaign and July’s series of discounts continue this trend of Packt showing its commitment to the Open Source community.

The Packt Open Source books included in this exclusive discount offer include well known books such as JBoss AS 5 Performance Tuning, PHP jQuery Cookbook, Drupal 7 Module Development and Blender Lighting and Rendering, amongst others.

“This special discount showcases a host of Packt Open Source topics and allows readers to purchase some of our most well renowned books at an exclusive price” said Packt Open Source Marketing Executive Julian Copes. “

To ensure you do not miss this fantastic offer, visit the special discount page now, where you can view the extensive list of books included in the offer and access an array of related articles that were written by the authors.

The exclusive discounts are available from 4th July 2011. To find out more, please visit the Packt website.

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:

Each month we run a promotion with Packt in which GDC members will be selected at random to receive free books. This month we are offering 2 LJC members the chance to win;

First Prize Winner will receive 1 print copy of his/her choice
Runner Up Winner – 1 ecopy of his/her choice

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

Pentaho Data Integration 4 Cookbook
Moodle 2.0 for Business Beginner’s Guide
Moodle JavaScript Cookbook                                                     
Moodle 2.0 Multimedia Cookbook
jQuery Mobile First Look      

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 ‘GDC Packt Publishing’ as the subject title.

Congratulations to the winners of our June draw – Biljana Naumova and Ravi!

Please visit the Packt site at

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.