Hack the Tower and Adopt Openjdk - LJC March 2014 hack day

A hack day for any and all developers to come and collaborate on projects or simply discover new technologies together and enhance their skills.  Bring your laptop and your desire to learn and have fun!

Whether you want to build Java, Groovy, Scala, Force.com or Clojure apps, experiment with OpenJDK 8, get to grips with Git & Github, deploy apps with Heroku, try out one of the NoSQL databases like MongoDB or Neo4j or make some some robots dance, there are plenty of interesting things to work on.

This month we are also co-hosting the Adopt Openjdk hackday

Come hack on the Java implementation that you use everyday!

* Improved OpenJDK test coverage 
* OpenJDK Warnings cleanup 
* Small Bugs Fixes 
* The betterrev project

If you're not familiar with the openjdk codebase there will be people there to help you get started, including some from IBM who work on OpenJDK professionally.

Please note the Salesforce offices in London are now in the Heron Tower (where parts of Series 3 of Sherlock Homes were filmed)

Based in the city of London near main transport links, its a great chance to discovering how to get the most out of new technology and practices. Working together helps developers tackle technical challenges and techniques that are common regardless of language (github pull requests, using NoSQL data source, managing deployment, etc). Working together also helps draw from each others experiences and get more done.


Rough Schedule 
You can get into the offices from 9.30am onwards and have some breakfast and coffee, relax and take in the stunning view from the 26th floor of the Heron Tower.

10.30am - Get together and discuss application ideas & things you want to try out. 
10.45am - Split into groups and get going 
1pm - Lunch time (sandwiches, quiche, fruit and drinks provided, requests taken) 
1.30pm onwards - Keep on hacking until you have had enough or want to go to the pub!

Sign up 
Please include your your full name so I can organise a visitor pass for Heron Tower.

In total, there is space for around 50 developers on the day. Food & drink will be provided, thanks to our hosts Salesforce.com

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  • John S.

    Thanks to everyone that came and made it a great day for hacking on the 26th floor :)

    Several people asked about Salesforce development; we are running a free 1-day workshop on the 21st March if you want to learn more:


    Please sign up and show your appreciation to Salesforce for hosting the "Hack the Tower" event.

    Thank you

    1 · March 9, 2014

  • Mike B.

    Thanks for a great day guys!!
    Especially to Salesforce.com and John for crawling off his sick bed to host the event :-)

    March 8, 2014

  • Daniel B.

    Thanks to John for arranging another great hack the tower, and to our hosts salesforce!

    I mentioned to a couple of people today that if you are interested in learning more about software architecture (what is it, what to learn etc) then I would recommend checking out Simon Brown's website http://www.codingthearchitecture.com/

    He's also got a great book too: https://leanpub.com/software-architecture-for-developers

    March 8, 2014

  • Joseph B.

    Hi. I see that RSVP is closed. I might be available to attend this if a spot opens up? I would be coming along as an individual developer if a spot opens for anyone on a project in need of mobile side stuff. I am a native ios and android developer as well as a Unity Game Developer. Experience with lots of client side languages. Cheers, Joe.

    March 7, 2014

  • Edward Yue Shung W.

    Sorry I will no longer be able to attend, hope it goes well!

    February 21, 2014

  • Nico

    Yehaaaaa. Loving it :) Anyone interested in writing a LightTable plugin? I wonder what happens if we use AngularJS in it (see prune :)

    1 · February 14, 2014

  • Mani

    For those joining the Adopt OpenJDK team at the hackday, please have a look at the Getting Started Kit (http://bit.ly/17ovGUB) and Intermediate & Advance experiences (http://bit.ly/1ckphOl) links. These would help with downloading the respective VM images before hand and also to get familiar with the OpenJDK environment et al.

    2 · February 14, 2014

  • Miguel G.


    February 14, 2014

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