London Developer Events Round Up - Monday 21st February 2011

Events coming up

I’m looking forward to another London Clojure coding dojo (now full), the last one was great fun and I will try and practice some more TDD/BDD in clojure this week. The format of the dojo has changed and makes it easier to get more involved. Rather than have two people at a time with everyone watching, everyone is now split into groups of four, having there own mini-dojo, with all groups working on the same project. There is a quick show-n-tell session at the end so the groups can show each other what they have done.

Whats happening in Java

It would seem that Oracle lawyers are worried about shipping JUnit with Netbeans and have advised the netbeans team to no longer ship JUnit with netbeans 7. If anyone knows what the problem is behind this then I am sure we’d be interested to hear. The netbeans team do have a very simple way of allowing you to add JUnit when you first run netbeans, so its not a big issue in my book (yet).

Interesting video of the week

There is an interesting TED talk on how architects have learnt to build complex structures by looking at nature. I think is an interesting talk that helps you understand the thought processes of architects and encourages you to think outside of the box. I hope you enjoy this talk at TEDSalon in London by Michael Pawlyn describes three habits of nature that could transform architecture and society: radical resource efficiency, closed loops, and drawing energy from the sun.

Summary of Last weeks events

Tuesday was another very successful social night for the LJC (and GDC,LSug,LCg,LtdWIPSoc). In case you missed the event, I did a quick write up of the night on the LJC blog.

Great fun was had at the London Scala coding dojo last week. As with the Clojure and Python dojos, the scala dojo has also switched to running the dojo as groups. So once all the pizza was eaten we chose a problem for the evening and split up into groups. The problem chosen was the Roman Numberals calculator and there were some interesting approaches - as can be seen on the LSug Assembla online git repository.

If you have write-ups of any events, please let the list know.

Thank you.

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