Well 2013 went by fast didn’t it? And it’s certainly brought its fair share of ups and downs for the world of Java. Community activity has been as vibrant as ever this year – and we’re delighted to see the London Java Community (who you’ll be hearing from later in this issue) back on the JCP.With countless vocal, creative, and dedicated users around the world supporting the platform, we’re excited to see what 2014 has in store.

Cloud Foundry Developer Advocate Andy Piper certainly has a lot to say about what we can expect to see in terms of IoT developments this year – find out more in this month’s feature.

Elsewhere, we’ve got plenty to keep you amused over your winter holiday. Ben Straub takes us inside Git’s cabinet of curiosities, and Peter Bell takes us through the syntax of Cypher. Happy holidays from the JAX team, and here’s to a fantastic 2014 for everyone!