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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:

Learning jQuery, Third Edition book

Moodle 2.0 E-Learning Course Development

jQuery Mobile First Look

jQuery UI Themes Beginner’s Guide

jQuery UI 1.8: The User Interface Library for jQuery

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 September draw – Daniel Lemon and Shabbir!

Please visit the Packt site at

Good luck,

Barry Cranford

Hi all,

Thanks to everyone that made it out on Tuesday night.

We had a good turn out, I would say around 60-70 people came and went through the night. We had more graduates than ever before which was good, although one thing that was pointed out was that it was a little intimidating at times as everyone is already in groups etc. This is something we try really hard to avoid and approach as many people as we can, especially first timers and those that come by themselves. If any of you are interested in coming, feel free to take my personal number and give me a call when you get there. I can introduce you to many people on the night as I tried to do last night. Other than this, I would advise trying to connect with others from this group online in advance so that you know you are meeting some people there.

If I can be any help here, please let me know. We had a few people come along that have been trying the GDC Project Euler challenge although I’m not sure if people came at the right times – always next time!

Special thanks to John, James and Martijn for greeting throughout the night and helping to build such a supportive atmosphere. If anyone is interested in helping out with some greeting in the future please let me know.

Don’t forget to check our latest jobs here although 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.

Sign up to next months Developer Sessions here –

We are most likely going to base the event around the theme of Java in the Cloud, as we are having two presentations next month on Java/JVM Cloud platforms and tools.


The Graduate Developer Community’s next free event is – Next Free Event – JVM Cloud Platforms – Thursday July 14th – 6:30pm.

Please see link for details and to sign up –

WSO2 Stratos Cloud Platform – Paul Fremantle

Cloud platforms are going to be essential for developers to get the most out of Cloud. This session will help understand what is available, how cloud platforms work, how to evaluate Platfom as a Service and dive into the WSO2 Stratos Cloud platform.

The session will be a combination of presentation and live demo. In the session, Paul will demonstrate Stratos, a complete cloud platform available as Open Source as well as running as-a-Service on the web. Paul will describe the multi-tenant and elastic features of Stratos as well as demonstrate the broad set of services available.

Paul Fremantle is CTO and Co-Founder at WSO2, where he is part of the team that created Carbon (an OSGi-based open source middleware platform) and Stratos (an open source Cloud Platform). Paul is VP of the Apache Synapse project and an Apache Member. Paul has over 10 years experience contributing to Open Source projects and wrote his first line of Java in 1995. Paul also plays the tin whistle so you all better hope the demo system is working.

Cloud Foundry – Peter Ledbrook

The cloud is the big software development story of 2011 and now is the time to find out why. This talk will look at one of several cloud hosting solutions for Java web applications: Cloud Foundry from VMware. Learn how it works and what it means for you as a software developer. How does it impact application development? What are the benefits? These questions and more will be answered.

This will mostly be a presentation with perhaps a small demo. I’ll start by covering what a PaaS and give a brief overview of the current landscape. I’ll then introduce Cloud Foundry and go into some of the detail of how it works. Most importantly, I’ll be talking about how one writes Java applications for it and how developers have to change the way they think. If I have time, I’ll finish up with a short demo of deploying a Grails application to Cloud Foundry.

Peter Ledbrook is the Grails Advocate at SpringSource, now a division of VMware. He has been working with Java for well over 10 years now and has plenty of experience of deploy Java web applications. He was involved with Cloud Foundry several weeks before the beta announcement and has intimate knowledge of Cloud Foundry from a user’s perspective.

Who should attend:

– Java developers with an interest in the Cloud
– Integration or workflow developers interested in running their code in a cloud platform
– Technical Architects with an interest in the Cloud
– Undergraduates with an understanding of Java and enterprise middleware.


18:00: Doors Open
18:30: A series of lightning talks from members of the London Java Community
19:00: Main presentation 1 – Paul Fremantle will present WSO2 Stratos Cloud Platform
19:45: Main presentation 2 – Peter Ledbrook will present Cloud Foundry
20:30: Networking

Please Note:

Nearest tube: Barbican
Nearest Coffee Shop: Sun Coffee Shop, 55-63 Goswell Road, London, EC1V 7EN for if you arrive early
For after event drinks: The Slaughtered Lamb – 34-35 Great Sutton St, Clerkenwell, London, EC1V 0DX 

Please note this is an event organised for the London Java Community, the presenter has confirmed that it is suitable for entry level developers and undergraduates. SkillsMatter are hosting this event and are handling the attendance – it is essential that you confirm your place at this link:

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.