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Gradle - Build Automation Evolved

Please note this is an LJC event. SkillsMatter are hosting this event and are handling the attendance - it is essential that you confirm your place at this link:

Leiningen - the easiest way to get started with Clojure - (20 mins approx.)

Presented by John Stevenson. Imagine all the power of Maven without having to manage lare XML project files.  Thats Leinigen!

Discover how to create, manage and deploy your Clojure projects with the minimum of fuss.  Use the declarative language of Clojure to define your projects in a human readable way.  See how to separate your dependencies between runtime and development, so you only put into production the libraries and code you want.

Leiningen has a wide range of plug-ins and the most useful one being for the runtime environment, the REPL.  A bit of live coding will show you how to get the most out of Leiningen and the REPL, including how to connect to a REPL server from an IDE.

Come and discover why Leiningen make Clojure coding even more fun and productive.

Who should attend:

Anyone interested in trying out functional programming on the JVM and wants a quick and simple way to get started.


John Stevenson is a community developer. Coach of lean & agile techniques (especially kanban, ToC, BDD) and Clojure functional programming. Atlassian Ambassador in UK.

Gradle - Build Automation Evolved (45/60 mins approx.)

Presented by Luke Daley. Gradle is build automation evolved. Gradle can automate the building, testing, publishing, deployment and more of software packages or other types of projects such as generated static websites, generated documentation or indeed anything else.

Gradle combines the power and flexibility of Ant with the dependency management and conventions of Maven into a more effective way to build. Powered by a Groovy DSL and packed with innovation, Gradle provides a declarative way to describe all kinds of builds through sensible defaults. Gradle is quickly becoming the build system of choice for many open source projects, leading edge enterprises and legacy automation challenges.

Join project committer Luke Daley for an introduction and exploration of Gradle's most innovative and powerful features.

Who should attend:

Software professionals with an interest in build and release automation and users of tools such as Apache Ant and Apache Maven who are interested in learning about alternative solutions.


Luke Daley is an energetic software craftsman, driven to make developer's lives better by building elegant and empowering tools and libraries. A long time member of the Groovy community, he has contributed to many different open source projects such as Grails, Spock, Geb and Gradle. Luke is passionate about helping teams make sure they are getting everything they can from their tools, and fostering collaborative technical communities around innovative and effective technology. Day to day, Luke is part of the Gradleware team and works on the Gradle project.


18:00: Doors Open
18:30: A series of lightning talks from members of the London Java Community
19:00: 'Leiningen - the easiest way to get started with Clojure' presented by John Stevenson (20 mins approx.) followed by the main presentation. Luke Daley will present "Gradle - Build Automation Evolved" (45/60 mins approx.).
20:30: Networking

Please Note:

Nearest tube: Barbican
Nearest Coffee Shop: Sun Coffee Shop, 55-63 Goswell Road, London, EC1V 7EN for if you arrive early
For after event drinks: The White Lion, 37 Central Street, City Road, London, EC1V 8AB

Please note this is an LJC event. SkillsMatter are hosting this event and are handling the attendance - it is essential that you confirm your place at this link:

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  • A former member
    A former member

    I've uploaded the slides and demos to In the “slides” directory, open the “index.html” file in any HTML5 capable browser. For more information on Gradle, check

    Thank you everyone for attending the talk, and thanks to Barry & Anji for putting it together.

    1 · June 13, 2012

  • Dave S.

    Enjoyed the talks on leiningen and gradle - learnt some new things to try with leiningen and gradel has moved up on my "list of things I must try"

    June 13, 2012

  • Edd G.

    Really liked the lightning talk about Clojure build system (which I've since forgotten the name of!). Also found the Gradle talk really interesting, learnt some things I didn't know about Gradle and was very pleased to hear Luke talking about the possibilities of Gradle extending it's capabilites to the devops/ general orchestration space. I think this will be a key benefit to Gradle, particularly as more and more people focus their efforts on continuous delivery and build pipelines.

    June 13, 2012

  • Anji C.

    Madhu will present the lightning talk "Spring Integration in 5 minutes"

    May 28, 2012

  • Anji C.

    Matthew Pearce will present the lightning talk "Resource-Oriented Computing® with sunglasses on. Building scalable platforms on Netkernel"

    May 28, 2012

  • Anji C.

    Richard Gomes will present the lightning talk 'Fast number crunching and fast time to market with Scala'

    May 25, 2012

  • Anji C.

    We have combined this talk with another talk presented by John Stevenson 'Leiningen - the easiest way to get started with Clojure' - (20 mins approx.) - Further details added to the event page -

    May 23, 2012

  • Anji C.

    James Gough will present the lightning talk 'Fragile Development'

    May 22, 2012

  • Anji C.

    If anyone would like to give any lightning talks at this event, let me know and I'll organise them. Thanks, Anji [masked]

    May 21, 2012

  • Anji C.

    Just FYI, Luke is also giving a talk at SkillsMatter on the 22nd May, covering Javascript with Gradle (slightly different to this event) -

    May 18, 2012

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