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Hack the Tower - Devoxx UK Special Edition

A special hack-day event in collaboration with Devoxx UK and a chance to collaborate with a wider range of developers.

Special Guest James Ward (formerly of Typesafe) will be joining us at HackTheTower. is 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, 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.

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.

Rough Schedule 

You can get into the offices from around 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!

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Please include your your full name so I can organise a visitor pass for Heron Tower.  Either update your name on your profile for this community or provide your full name when prompted during RSVP.

In total, there is space for around 100 developers on the day. Food & drink will be provided, thanks to our hosts Salesforce

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Very good, special thanks to John Stenvenson, Daniel Bryant and Aditya Sofat.

    2 · June 14, 2014

  • Julius G.

    I'll join you in the early afternoon.

    June 14, 2014

  • madhu

    Sorry. Will have to drop off due to something else urgent that's come up.

    June 14, 2014

  • Mani

    For those hacking away with the OpenJDK, as usual we have the beginners guide (Getting Started Kit - Have a look at the new section 'Known issues' to address some recent issues. If you have a problem log it with us, if you have solved any such problems let us know so we can add it to this document.

    For the intermediate and advance folks, we have the (Intermediate & Advance experiences - A number of new sections have been added from half-way through the document i.e. OpenJDK developers guide, list of JEPs, list of examples of tests, etc... Plenty of reading this time before we start writing patches - see if any of the JEPs fancy your coding appetite.

    June 9, 2014

    • Mani

      Please look at the Known issues section in the Getting Started Kit for solutions to recent issues - there has been a change to the address of the openjdk8 repo, because of which all VMs need manual fixing.

      June 14, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I can't make it and probably shouldn't be talking to LJC people anyway :(.

    June 13, 2014

  • Carl Matthew J.

    Change of plan. I hope to be at Devoxx4kids instead

    June 13, 2014

  • madhu

    Currently working on a simple spring mvc web application but have longer term plan of developing real time web service using spring, RDBMS or NoSQL, HTML5 etc... Anyone with similar interests pls come say hello

    June 13, 2014

    • madhu

      ...did I just use terms "real time" and "RDBMS " together..!

      June 13, 2014

  • John S.

    James Ward (Heroku, Typesafe, etc) will be joining us at HackTheTower on 14th June and will be happy to hack with you and help out with Play, Heroku, wearable tech and other fun stuff..

    2 · June 9, 2014

    • Mike B.

      I delved a little, then found that Cato CRUD Generator knowledge is useful, worth checking that out.

      1 · June 9, 2014

    • John S.

      I am sure James would be happy to help out with Java & Play 2 framework

      June 10, 2014

  • Mike B.

    Have a great Hack Day next Sat, I'd love to be joining you guys but my schedule is manic, hopefully see you next time.

    1 · June 8, 2014

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