A while a go I put the forward the idea about setting up a Jini user group in London. There was pretty good feedback about the idea. Many people felt that it would be better to make the remit of the group slightly wider and focus on future developments in distributed computing. So I am pleased to announce the inaugural meeting of the Next Net user group.
We are going to hold an inaugural meeting at Betfair‘s offices in Hammersmith on Monday December 4th at 6-6.30 pm. If you are interested in future developments in distributed/grid/parallel/large scale/resilient systems then we would love to see you. Please sign up here.
Dan Creswell has agreed to give the first talk on some of the work he has been doing on Amazons EC2 (Elastic Compute Cloud) infrastructure.
The idea is that it should be a very informal group of like minded individuals. Beer and Pizza included!
Went to the first Open Source Code Jam held by Google London yesterday. There was a good attendance, a real variety of languages, projects and people which is great. Several people stood up and gave lightning round talks (some were super lightning – 30 secs was the fastest I think!) – of upto 3 mins – just talking about what they were upto and seeing if people can help out etc. Lots of pizza, chatting and coding followed.
All in all a GREAT idea! Congrats to Joe and Zaheda for setting it up and I, for one, certainly want to go to the next one!. I am even going to dig out some old SEDA code I have (its called Raindrop) from a couple of years ago and finally make an effort to push it out into the real world. What more incentive do I need?