At the recent Mentor meetup I noticed many didn't know about the Adopt OpenJDK and Adopt-a-JSR projects run by the LJC JUG. Below is a pitch for both of them, have a look at the links, join the respective mailing lists and jump start your career:
Having said that please follow us on twitter, the twitter handles for the two are @adoptopenjdk and @adoptajsr respectively. You will also find more details on their respective project pages on java.net:
2. Adopt OpenJDK
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.
The Adopt OpenJDK program has a number of goals:
1. Encouraging members of JUGs to get involved in the OpenJDK
2. Improving the language and the VM which we use daily!
3. To promote the OpenJDK in the wider Java community
4. Broaden the base of contributors to the OpenJDK
What are the benefits for you?
You learn about F/OSS technology, unit testing, and contributing to large source code projects. You also get some other benefits:
- Participate in a community event
- Add your name to the list of Java contributors
- Learn new massive project management skills
- Learn unit and regression testing (jtreg)
- Add it to your list of Fu skills (resume/CV)
- Drink beverages and eat food with cool people
- Get a t-shirt :-)
Adopt OpenJDK is Java user group project(s) that could help improve your skills as well as it looks good on your CV. To learn more about the initiative visit the Adopt OpenJDK website and read about the program here.
http://www.java.net/projects/adoptopenjdk (Wiki: http://java.net/projects/adoptopenjdk/pages/AdoptOpenJDK)
http://www.java.net/community/adopt-jsr/news-item/adopt-jsr-introduction (Wiki: http://java.net/projects/adoptajsr/pages/Home)
There are a number of posts on the London Java Community meetup page (LJC) which would also throw light on these projects, if you are a member read them, if not join the meetup group.
These initiatives have lead to LJC to win awards in 2012 - another good reason to become a part of such projects:
As you can see from the below links we have come a long way since and have also won "Awards"!
I had also mentioned about the Nashorn project to a number of you, here is the link to find out about it:
node.js has also been included as part of this project. And the Nashorn project has been merged into the OpenJDK project repo already - soon to be available to us for hacking and learning how to build it!
Mailing lists and twitter are the best ways to keep in touch with community news as we are organising ourselves regularly to just do that.
I hope to see you all there in big numbers - feel free to post questions on the respective groups if in need of assistance.