April 2017 Hackday at Hackthetower: become an early Java 9 expert

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Salesforce London Office - 26th / 27th / 28th Floors, Salesforce Tower

110 Bishopsgate, London. EC2N 4AY · London

How to find us

Salesforce Tower is close to Liverpool Street station and Aldgate & Bank underground station. You will be collected from the ground floor reception when you arrive. Call 07411 383613 if you have problems.

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This is a joint session broadcast between the Virtual JUG and the London Java Community, live from London. You are welcome to join us in London, or online with the Virtual JUG, or participate via your JUG - make them aware about this meetup!

Take part in Java technology evolution through the Java Community Process (JCP) program. You can participate in this session on your own as an individual, through your employer, or as part of a nonprofit such as a Java User Group (JUG). Currently there are new JSRs being submitted and developed for the Java EE 8 and Java SE 9 platforms. In this session we will be doing a hack day as part of the global Adopt OpenJDK program getting ready for the release of Java SE 9. We kicked off a testing program in November 2016 getting ready the release of Java 9 coming in July 2017. This is a hack day as part of the ongoing global adoption and outreach effort.

This is an all day hands on hack session covering the new modules system in Java 9, the JLink tool which allows you to create Java images with your application, and also how to migrate to the new Java 9 modular system with an older app. A laptop is required. Bring your project and run it on Java 9 EA with fellow JUG members!

Download the latest EA build of JDK 9 to follow along:




Heather VanCura is the Chair of the Java Community Process (JCP) Program at Oracle, international speaker, leader of Global Adopt-a-JSR program in conjunction with Java User Group leaders, organizer of developer hack days (aka Hackergartens) around the world and Spec Lead of JSR 364, Broadening JCP Membership, through the Java Community Process (JCP) Program. Heather is passionate about growing Java technology and community building dynamics. She enjoys trying new sports and fitness activities in her free time and helping to grow diversity in the technology space.

Mani Sarkar is a passionate developer mainly in the Java/JVM space, currently living and working in the UK. A member of the London Java Community (LJC), JCP Member, OpenJDK contributor (has been heavily involved with this project in the past), involved in number of developer communities, and F/OSS projects. He sees himself working in the areas of core Java, JVM, JDK, Hotspot, Nashorn and Performance Tuning. Advocate of a number of agile and software craftsmanship practices and a regular at many talks, conferences and hands-on-workshops. Expresses his thoughts often via blog posts, tweets and other forms of social media. He can be found on twitter at @theNeomatrix369.

Simon Maple is the Director of Developer Relations at ZeroTurnaround, a Java Champion since 2014, JavaOne Rockstar speaker in 2014, Duke's Choice award winner, Virtual JUG founder and organiser, London Java Community co-leader and RebelLabs author. He is an experienced speaker, having presented at JavaOne, JavaZone, Jfokus, DevoxxUK, DevoxxFR, JavaZone, JMaghreb and many more including many JUG tours. His passion is around user groups and communities. When not traveling, Simon enjoys spending quality time with his family, cooking and eating great food.

Rough Schedule
You can get into the offices from around 10am onwards and have some breakfast and coffee, relax and take in the stunning view from the 26th & 27th floors of the Salesforce Tower.

10.00am - doors open
10.30am - Modules introduction

12 pm - Lunch time/Break (sandwiches, fruit and drinks provided, requests taken)

1pm onwards - JLink
2pm onwards - Module migration or JShell
3.30pm - Q&A and closing down (optional: carry discussions into the pub)

Sign up
Please include a first and last name when prompted to (if its not on your meetup profile) so we can register you with building security, otherwise you may have to wait in reception for a long time.

Food & drink will be provided, thanks to our hosts Salesforce

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