The London Java Community for the Docklands

Dec 08 2015

The Ghosts of Java Past, Present and Yet to Come/Christmas Quiz

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We are pleased to bring you the sixth and last event of 2015 of the Docklands.LJC; a group within the main London Java Community that focuses on the developer community in and around Docklands on the second Tuesday of each month.

Our speaker this month is Steve Elliott; we are also collecting for Crisis at Christmas for this Christmas-themed event. 🎄

Please note the location for this event as it is in a different location from the previous one.

Steve Elliott - The Ghosts of Java Past, Present and Yet to Come

The world was a very different place 20 years ago when Java first appeared. That environment shaped many aspects of Java (JVM, networking, security, types, concurrency etc) and despite a lot of evolution since there are still areas of Java that reflect those beginnings.

This session will cover the evolution of how Java came to be what it is today including some lesser known history. We will also look at the current roadmap of Java going forwards. 👻☕️

The presentation and video recorded from the event are available from InfoQ.

Alex Blewitt - Docklands.LJC Christmas Quiz

Christmas is coming, and to celebrate six months of Docklands.LJC meetups, we will be having a post-talk Christmas Quiz. How much Java do you remember? Can you name the previous talks? What, in a nutshell, is private protected access? At the very least it will be a fun way to round out the year, and afterwards drinks may be involved. 🍻

Crisis at Christmas

Crisis at Christmas is a charity that provides homeless Londoners with a Christmas - not only a roof over their heads and hot meals, but also essential services (such as doctors and dentists) that homeless people often have no means of accessing. The LJC has been involved with Crisis for many years, and members work as IT and computing support volunteers, as well as in the general body of volunteers at the centres.

This year, Docklands.LJC is holding a special Christmas event to raise money for Crisis. If you can afford to make a donation, please do. The money raised will all be used by Crisis to directly help people who need it, especially at this time of year. Some of London’s homeless people are among the UK’s most vulnerable, and Christmas can be a very isolating and lonely time for them.

You can donate here: (or on the night). More information about Crisis at Christmas can be found at the Aimar Foundation.


Steve Elliott has been with Oracle (via the acquisition of Sun Microsystems) for 22 years with a focus on Java and middleware technology. He has been involved with Java since before it went public in 1995 and was responsible for much of the original introduction of Java in the UK, presenting at many conferences in the UK and Europe.

With extensive experience in the IT industry, including time as a developer and various technical management roles, Steve is now Java technology lead in the Oracle Cloud Platform team at Oracle UK.

This event is being hosted by Credit Suisse in London. Sign-up information is available at