JAX London 2014: A retrospective
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Public Service Announcement: JAX London is near

ElliotBentley
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We interrupt your regular JAXenter programming to bring you this special bulletin on our upcoming European conference.

We interrupt your regular JAXenter programming to bring you this special bulletin: it’s just over a week until the start of the fifth JAX London, our European conference, and a few tickets are still available.

For those of you who won’t be able to make it – and I hope you have a very good excuse – Chris Mayer and myself will be providing extensive coverage both here on JAXenter and on Twitter @JAXenterCOM.

We’ll be tweeting live from the conference floor, providing roundups of the major action and recording interviews with a few of the speakers. Hopefully it’ll be (almost) as good as actually being there.

We’ve already featured a few of the big names speaking at the conference, including Doug Cutting and Martijn Verburg and Kirk Pepperdine, as part of our ‘Road to JAX’ series – and they’re just a tip of the iceberg of what you can expect.

The fun begins on Sunday with a hackathon held in conjunction with Duke’s Choice-winning London Java Community and presented by Java 8 Lambda spec lead Brian Goertz. Unfortunately, it’s already fully-booked – but Brian will be giving two talks on Lambda later on in the conference, where he will showcase the capabilities of Java 8’s most anticipated feature.

Then on Monday, we have three full-day workshops running in parallel. Githubber Tim Berglund will demonstrate the power of version control system, Git, Ted Neward will delve into some deep architectural discussion whilst Jason Gorman will oversee Team Craftmanship – teaching some core collaborative principles (TDD and continuous integration for example) and then putting the attendees into a Team Dojo. Points are awarded for passing acceptance tests and deducted for any dodgy code.  

The next two days of the conference are stacked with talks from even more industry rockstars. As mentioned above, Hadoop creator Doug Cutting will be providing a keynote entitled ‘Unlocking the Power of Big Data’, while Martijn Verburg and Kirk Pepperdine explain in ‘Java and the Machine’ why Java and the JVM need to adapt in this new multicore age.

Elsewhere, Patrick Debois provides a keynote on the importance of sharing within DevOps and Steve Poole will be speaking about the importance of the Java community.

Personally, I’m most looking forward to Tom Wilkie’s exploration of real-time analytics in Cassandra, and seeing the Kinect being well and truly hacked by Dan Hardiker and Jon Mort.

If all this is sounding too good to miss, it’s not too late to snap up tickets. Hope to see you there!

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