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A happy new year, an introduction and some praise...

From: Wesley H.
Sent on: Monday, January 14, 2013 10:41 AM
Good morning folks, and a happy Monday to you all ;).

To begin with my first order of business, I would like to wish all the
LJC folks a (belated) happy new year and hope that 2013 is going
swimmingly for everybody.

I have been basically lurking for the past few months, reading the
interesting discussions that have been going on and just trying to get
a handle on some of the characters involved in the group. I have also
met a few of you at various times and am looking forward to meeting
some more.

I do have some words of appreciation and recommendation to impart
though, and really kicking off with some positive stuff seemed like a
good idea.

The first 'shout out' goes to Barry and the Recworks team. Hands down
the single best recruitment guys I have ever worked with (and 14 years
in the industry, across all different business sectors means that they
are far and away at the top of quite a long list). If any of you out
there are currently looking for your next gig, you owe it to yourself
to get in contact with Recworks. For starters they are a recruitment
agency that utilise agile processes in their own business
operations.... which is just... neat, but it goes beyond this. I have
previously been fairly outspoken on my dislike of this particular
industry, where agents seem to vary between 'not giving a shit' and
'pretending to give a shit'. Finally, in Recworks I have found the
fabled holy grail of an agency that 'actually gives a shit', which is
demonstrated very clearly in the Recworks team's support of this
particular group. I don't want to come across as too gushing... so I
will just say, seriously... get in touch with them.

My second piece of praise is for Mr Ben Evans and Mr Martijn Verburg
and the JClarity folks. I have been fortunate enough to attend both
the advanced Java and JVM courses with these guys. Now, some of you
guys are probably like me and thinking, "Advanced Java? But I am
already totally elite!!", but the sad news that I have to bring is
that Ben probably has you beat. The guy is like a taller, and less
green Yoda (and with better grammar too), and I learnt a bucket load
of new and cool tips and tricks from attending both of these courses
(which is much more than I can say about some courses I have been on
with some of the big players in the tech training industry). If your
company has a training budget, have a word with the guy that holds the
cheque book and tell them that you have heard about a course that is
actually useful. Again, you wont be disappointed.

Again, I hope this message hasn't come across as too sychophantic, but
I just like to offer credit where credit is due (and it is so rarely
due sadly).

There we go, all is off my chest, pretty good for a Monday morning.

Catch you all in the matrix.

Regards

Wes Hall

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