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5 JAX London sessions every developer should see

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The JAX London takes place next week, October 13th-15th – here are five reasons any developer in their right mind won’t want to miss it.

Excitement levels are rising here at, with less than a week to go to the JAX London. The event which takes place over three days between the 13th-15th of October will bring together 34 speakers, dozens of tech firms and hundreds of developers for 55 action-packed sessions. The conference will focus on the areas of big data, web and mobile, developer practices, agility and, of course, the good ol’ Java platform.

With a vast amount of talks taking place it can be difficult to pick which ones to go to but fear not – we have compiled a short list of five talks you won’t want to miss.

1. Connecting the World

In this talk, Paul Fremantle, CTO at WSO2 will discuss the characteristics of connected organisations and explore what they do differently and why that makes a difference. He will be examining key technologies and approaches and explain the necessary steps to participate in the new connected world.

“The world is becoming connected: more than 3 billion people online, 8 billion devices, millions of apps. What does this mean to developers? It means that you developers are becoming the creators of a new world – a connected world.”

Tuesday, October 14, 2014 – 09:00 to 10:00

2. Design Patterns in the 21st Century

Samir Talwar will be leading attendees through the the classic design patterns, as well as some contemporary object-oriented principles. If you want to learn how functions can drastically simplify your design led life and make your code concise and clean then this is the talk for you.

“With new tools at our disposal, we can simplify the majority of design patterns, using pure functions to reduce the proliferation of classes that are used once and thrown away. By removing the boilerplate surrounding our code, we focus on the most important part: the behaviour.”

Wednesday, October 15, 2014 – 10:00 to 11:00

3. Rapid Web Application Development with MongoDB and the JVM

Trish Gee from MongoDB will be using her time at JAX London to create a web application live in front of your very eyes. She will be showing attendees how to use the correct tools for the JVM application including AngularJS, RESTful web services, Java, MongoDB and Groovy. Be sure to catch this one!

“At the end of the talk we’ll have a fully working app, without compromising on design or good practice. It’s even going to have tests.”

Tuesday, October 14, 2014 – 16:15 to 17:15

4. Software Apprenticeships: This Time it’s Personal

Software Apprenticeships are a hot topic right now. Between employers, academia and practitioners it has proved difficult to find a model that works for everyone. Jason Gorman has undertaken almost a decade of research into this problem and will soon embark on his first apprenticeship with Computer Science undergraduate, Will Prince.

“In this presentation, I’ll outline our simple apprenticeship model and our experiences to date, as well as discuss the wider problems of long-term software apprenticeships, and how our model might let us finally have our cake and eat it.”

Tuesday, October 14, 2014 – 16:15 to 17:15

5. The Dark Side of Software Metrics

In this talk Nigel Runnels-Moss (@sleepyfox) will explain what software quality really means, how we might measure it and how it influences the lives of software professionals. After learning about how psychology and cognitive science play a role in programming we’re looking forward to seeing what ‘sleepyfox’ has to say about software metrics.

“Almost everyone who has worked in a large organisation and has seen Metrics programmes implemented has experienced the strange organisational (mis)behaviour that these programmes seem to engender. Why does this happen, and what can we do about it? What does it make sense to measure on a software project, and how can we ensure that measurement reflects reality?”

Tuesday, October 14, 2014 – 16:15 to 17:15

Christmas for Java developers

Granted, you might need some sort of time travel device to attend those last three sessions – but that’s proof of just how much is happening at the JAX. Keep your eye on for speaker interviews and session videos.

If you still haven’t decided whether or not to get a ticket (the clock is ticking, btw), just take a look at the conference agenda. There’s more than 65 keynotes, workshops and lectures by some of most influential names in the industry – what more are you waiting for?


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