Building a free Java community with deep roots

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Based on our experiences with the LJC and other OSS projects we will cover several tips and tricks we’ve used to build a vibrant communities of thousands of passionate developers. This includes discussions on how we’ve managed to get the membership involved in the Free Java movement, how the LJC split off several child groups (Software Craftsmanship, Scala, Clojure and Jboss to name a few) and how we deal with membership conflicts.

Most importantly we cover how we treat the LJC like an open source community and how we applied Karl Fogel’s ‘Producing OSS’ concepts to manage the community, build a large team of leadership volunteers (~50) and persuade other tech communities and projects that being open, transparent and free actually provides you benefits. There are also plenty of war stories to tell, especially given a monthly pub social with free and frank exchanges of opinion from our members!

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Martijn Verburg


Martijn Verburg is a Java/JEE and open source consultant who is passionate about software craftsmanship and the creative power of technical communities. He currently is the co-leader for the London JUG, runs two open source projects (PCGen and Ikasan EIP) and is a bartender at the Javaranch.

Most recently he’s been speaking at conferences (FOSDEM, DevNexus, TSSJS) and co-writing (With Ben Evans) “The Well-Grounded Java Developer” by Manning publications, which covers Java 7 and polyglot programming on the JVM.

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Ben Evans


Ben Evans is cofounder of jClarity, a startup that makes performance tools for development and ops teams. Previously, Ben was chief architect for listed derivatives at Deutsche Bank, performance tested the Google IPO, worked on the initial UK trials of 3G networks with BT, built award-winning websites for some of Hollywood’s biggest hits of the ‘90s, developed some of the UK’s very first true ecommerce websites, and provided technology to help some of the UK’s most vulnerable people. Before joining the tech industry, Ben was a researcher in theoretical physics, working on theories that are now being tested at the LHC. Ben helps to run the London Java Community and represents the user community as a voting member on Java’s governing body, the JCP Executive Committee. He is a Java Champion and JavaOne Rock Star speaker. Ben is author of 4 books on Java and the JVM and writes regularly for industry publications. He’s also a frequent speaker at technical conferences worldwide. Ben holds a master’s degree in mathematics from the University of Cambridge.

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Martijn Verburg
07/21/2012 9:17am PDT


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