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London Java Community: Meet a Project

London Java Community - Meet a Project

· Are you looking to join an existing open source project, but don't know where to start?

· Are you interested in finding out more about open source software in general?

· Are you looking to start a personal project but don't know what to base it on?

· Are you interested in trying out some new technologies and wondering how to use them in a personal project?

If the answer is yes, this event could be for you. This is part of the MaP series of events designed to connect open source software projects and potential contributors. It will be in a speed networking style, involving Project Ambassadors speaking to small groups of 3-6 developers. Giving a pitch of an open source or personal project, then answering questions before moving on to another group. The events are intended to answer potential contributors questions around the projects, focussed mainly around starting points.

There are a lot of developers in the industry, from students to experienced developers that are interested to get involved in something in addition to their day time position, but aren't really sure where to start. There are also a great deal of interesting projects covering everything from popular open source frameworks to the Adopt a JSR program launched by the LJC. Many of these projects rely on support/enthusiasm from developers and are keen to get more enthusiastic people involved. Not to mention that most candidates that get involved in personal projects seem to escalate their careers, salaries, day rates and passion for the industry.

You will get a chance to meet project leads for 3-6 different projects and discuss the differences between them and their experience with open source development and their experiences in general.

Please note:

This event is being held at University College London. Rooms 112, 113, 114 & 130 Foster Court, Malet Place off Torrington Place, London WC1E 6BT.

Please refer to this map:

We will head to 'Hotel Ibis - London, Euston, St Pancras' - 3 Cardington Street, London, NW1 2LW - for networking and further informal discussion after the event:

Refreshments kindly being sponsored by Red Hat: Red Hat® is the world's leading provider of open source solutions, using a community-powered approach to provide reliable and high-performing cloud, virtualization, storage, Linux®, and middleware technologies. Read the company brochure.


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  • Mani

    Great event! Full of interest and enthusiasm!

    July 25, 2013

  • Mani

    Thanks to all those who attended the M-a-P yesterday at UCL, please find the digital copy of the write-up I shared with most of you

    It also contains the necessary links to get involved with the two projects I presented, i.e. The Adopt OpenJDK and Adopt-a-JSR programs.

    Any queries, please get in touch with us.

    July 25, 2013

  • Carl Matthew J.

    Hooray for OpenJDK!

    1 · July 25, 2013

  • Filip W.

    Liked the format, most presentations were good. Awesome people.

    July 25, 2013

  • Jatin

    I was great, thanks for everyone interest and feedback. Find Aura project

    July 24, 2013

    • vinod k.

      Lovely meeting you yesterday Jatin. Good project !

      1 · July 25, 2013

  • Gustavo E.

    Can't make it this time...

    July 24, 2013

  • Waseem S.

    Cannot attend today :(

    July 24, 2013

  • Anji C.

    Project 5 to be presented: visionOntv ( aggregates around 20,000 videos in 5 main strands of content, comprising "The News You Don't See On The News". We are a voluntary project which has become the largest distributor of alternative video news in the world. We also train people to make their own rapid-turnaround media ( using just their smartphones.

    TASK: Make an Android mobile app to display and play visionOntv's 5 main channels, via our OpenPlayer ( widget.

    More detailed spec is here:

    1 · July 23, 2013

  • Anji C.


    Extracted configuration can be tokenised and applied or previewed to test and production environments. Application code/binaries and Configuration can be versioned and deployed automatically thus eliminating time consuming and error prone manual steps. User friendly reports of the configuration changes allows operations teams to report the changes applied.

    Aura has 2 modules auraconfiglite (WebSphere configuration automation) and auradeploylite (deployment automation) as command line utility and ANT tasks. Current release is production strength and is being used for real. Command line development is almost complete and due to be released.

    Next on the road map is to

    Develop Maven plugin
    Develop Jenkins plugin
    Develop Puppet/Chef module

    Help needed with development of the above plugins.

    1 · July 22, 2013

  • Anji C.

    Project 4 to be presented: Aura - WebSphere Configuration and Deployment automation
    Git Hub URL:

    Don’t overlook this project assuming keys skill required or acquired are WebSphere. This project would suit you if you are keen to get hands on experience with Jenkins, Puppet, Chef, Maven or if you already have experience in this area. If you are sold on the idea of automation and infrastructure as code you could contribute defining/brain storming future road map for this project.

    Little about the project - Aura is application deployment and configuration automation solution for WebSphere Application Server. Aura enables user to define application’s WebSphere configuration as code in easy to read XML files called Resource.xml. User can extract application configuration from a working environment using extract feature - continued...

    July 22, 2013

  • rama

    Like to attend and look forward

    July 19, 2013

  • Salman K.

    @Anji: Your projects list is pretty good. Could you please also suggest some opensource projects that are related to Mobile apps development.


    July 15, 2013

    • Antonio Di F.

      Hi Salman, Briar (http://briar.sourcefo...­) aims at developing a platform for journalists and civil society groups to communicate safely without fear of government interference. It has a large mobile element in it. It was mentioned in the past at LJC, check it out.

      July 16, 2013

    • Anji C.

      Hi Salman, Here is a link to all previous MaP projects­

      If you know of any particular Mobile OSS projects we should be targetting please let us know or even better if you could introduce us that would be great! Thanks, Anj

      July 17, 2013

  • Anji C.

    Adopt-a-JSR is a means through which we can coordinate any changes to the Java language we use in our day-to-day IT work life, in the form of JSRs.
    This program is intended to encourage JUG members to get involved in a Java Specification Request (JSR) and to evangelise that JSR to their JUG and the wider Java community in order to increase grassroots participation. JSRs cover all aspects of the Java ecosystem such as the new Date and Time API coming into Java 8, the latest JavaEE 7 APIs

    July 15, 2013

  • Anji C.

    Project 3 to be presented: AdoptOpenJDK & Adopt-a-JSR programs

    Adopt OpenJDK is a means through which we can coordinate changes between the Java community and Oracle. Changes made to the existing implementation of the OpenJDK in the form of bug fixes and enhancements, be it small compiler warning fixes or more significant changes to the String class.

    As of Java 7, the OpenJDK is the Reference Implementation (RI) for Java. In essence, the OpenJDK is the Java we use every day! With legal and technical barriers become smaller every day, it is now more possible than ever to get involved in the language and VM that we all love....

    July 15, 2013

  • Anji C.

    Project 2 to be presented: Yougi Yougi (Pronunce: yoojee) is an application conceived to manage online user groups of any kind and domain. It is developed and maintained by the CEJUG Community. After two years of continuous development, Yougi has consolidated its mission of managing, promoting and spreading knowledge produced by a community sharing the same interests and passions. The project goes beyond services for communities and extends its impact to other areas such as education, economical competitiveness and generation of opportunities. Since the application was made available as free and open software, several technical questions from CEJUG’s mailing list are actually addressed by examples extracted from Yougi’s source code. Beginners and professionals learn how to program and use the platform by studing how the application was developed.

    July 15, 2013

  • Anji C.

    Project 1 to be presented: Hibernate Search project

    # Project name: Hibernate Search
    # Main link:
    # Source code:

    # Description:
    Hibernate module to integrate with Apache Lucene

    Full text search engines like Apache Lucene are very powerful
    technologies to add efficient free text search capabilities to
    applications. However, Lucene suffers several mismatches when dealing with object domain models. Amongst other things indexes have to be kept up to date and mismatches between index structure and domain model as well as query mismatches have to be avoided.
    Hibernate Search addresses these shortcomings - it indexes your domain model with the help of a few annotations, takes care of database/index synchronization and brings back regular managed objects from free text queries.

    July 12, 2013

  • Andrea B.

    Interested in seeing if there's a fit to my interests.

    July 10, 2013

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