Java, Spring, Scala & Groovy

Scala eXchange 2011, June 15-16

Summer’s here and the time is right for learning Java, Spring, Scala and Groovy in the streets, as Martha Reeves and the Vandellas would have sung if they’d been serious tech geeks. We have prepared a rich and potent programme of courses, free events and two unmissable conferences to get you through these hottest months of the year and to ensure you have the knowledge and insight you need to make the second half of 2011 a glorious success. And we have worked out a splendid discount for you on a cool SpringSource event at the Park Lane Hilton.

We have scheduled our first ever Scala eXchange, along with a plethora of great User Groups about which we want to shout from the highest hills, and numerous In The Brains and SkillsCasts for which we are desperate to pass on our abundant enthusiasm. If we don’t let out some of this giddiness we feel for all Skills Matter represents, we will surely burst.



Our inaugural Scala eXchange will take place on the 15th and 16th June 2011 at the Skills Matter eXchange in East London. This 2-day conference will provide both high-level presentations and low-level follow-up tutorials/design discussions, making it one of the most exciting dates on the calendar of anyone passionate about Scala.

Learn from the Experts!

The line-up is a veritable Who’s Who of Scala, with a keynote and talk from Martin Odersky, the creator of Scala. Jon Pretty, who launched the first ever commercial Scala application; Jason Zaugg; Vassil Dichev; Chris Marshall, one of the four scala gold-badged users on StackOverflow; James Strachan, the creator of Groovy; Viktor Klang; Miles Sabin, best known in the Scala world for his outstanding contribution to the Scala IDE for Eclipse; Ingo Maier; Alex Prokopec make up a sensationally good schedule of speakers. This promises to be a first rate conference.


Check out our Scala eXchange page for speaker updates and programme developments. And use Twitter tag #scalax for event updates and discussions related to this exciting event.


We still have a few tickets left, so if you would like to join us, get your skates on and get your ticket now! If you can’t make it, follow events in Almost-Real-Time, as every appropriate talk will be SkillsCast to the planet just minutes after the speaker puts away his or her prompt notes and slide pack.


We host the monthly meetings of the London Scala Users’ Group (LSUG), the Groovy
& Grails User Group (GGUG) and the London Java Community (LJC). These User Groups are vibrant community events which are open to general public – you would be welcome to attend.

London Scala Users’ Group

Led by Andy Hicks, the London Scala Users’ Group (LSUG) has been meeting since Nov 2009. Here are some SkillsCasts of some of LSUG’s recent talks:

The next LSUG meeting is 9th June 2011. Find out more about the London Scala Users’ Group here.

Groovy & Grails User Group

Groovy & Grails User Group (GGUG) was founded in 2007, a few months prior to the first Groovy & Grails eXchange. The Groovy & Grails UG aims to meet once every month or so, providing an opportunity for Groovy & Grails experts, programmers and enthusiasts to learn, meet and discuss. The next GGUG meeting is 20th June 2011.

To get a flavour of what the GGUG do, try out these SkillsCasts from their recent meetings:

Find out more the Groovy & Grails User Group.

London Java Community

The London Java Community (LJC) is an official Java User Group based in London. A group of Java Enthusiasts who are interested in benefiting from shared knowledge in the industry.

Here are some SkillsCasts of some of LJC’s recent talks:

The next LJC meeting is 22nd June 2011.

Find out more about the London Java Community here.

London Spring User Group

The London Spring User Group is a community for hands-on, pragmatic software architects and Spring and JEE developers.

Here are a selection of SkillsCasts of London Spring UG’s recent talks:

The next London Spring User Group meeting is 14th June 2011 where Russ Miles will talk about Cloud Foundry.

Find out more about the London Java Community here.


Skills Matter are the gift that keeps on giving. Not only do we get some of the finest minds of our generation to put on great courses for all your learning needs, we also bend their arm up around their back until they submit and promise to give a free talk in the evening while they are here.

These talks are called In The Brains! We try and put on as many as possible to get knowledge and insight flowing from Goswell Road, through London, and from there onward around the globe. Stop by if you’re in the area, and check out our website or follow #javasm, #scalax, #scalasm, #groovysm and #skillsmatter on Twitter for regular updates!

In The Brain of Howard Lewis Ship, Have Your Cake And Eat It Too: Meta-Programming Java, July 25

Talk: Have Your Cake And Eat It Too: Meta-Programming Java
Speaker: Howard Lewis ShipDate: July 25, 2011, 18:30-20:00
More details & sign up here.

In The Brain of Kito Mann, Polyglot JavaServer Faces, July 11

Talk: Polyglot JavaServer Faces
Speaker: Kito Mann
Date: Jul 11, 2010, 18:30-20:00
More details & sign up here.

In The Brain of Dmitry Buzdin, HTML5 Features in Google Web Toolkit, June 28

Talk: HTML5 Features in Google Web Toolkit
Speaker: Dmitry Buzdin
Date: Jun 28, 2011, 18:30-20:00
More details & sign up here.


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