Group dynamic is a powerful thing. It can help transform the stirrings of an idea into a full scale movement , and, when harnessed for a common cause, can give even the most junior developer a say in the direction of a platform. With roughly nine million Java developers internationally, thriving Java Community Groups (JUGs) have sprung up all over the world. One of the biggest is the London Java Community (LJC), with 3,500 plus members. It’s also the only community with membership of the Java Community Process (JCP), an executive committee responsible for mapping out future versions of the platform.
But how do you make and grow a local community group from scratch? This was one of the big questions presented to our panel at the JAX London Community night on November 29th. Here’s a handy summary of what they had to say: