The London Java Community: LJC Virtual Panel: Java at 25

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To celebrate Java turning 25 we're hosting a panel of Java champions & experts. They'll be sharing their memories of Java over the years & taking questions from the audience.

We'll be joined by Trisha Gee of JetBrains, Alex Blewitt of Santander, Ben Evans of New Relic, Richard Warburton of Opsian & Martijn Verburg of Microsoft. Jim Gough will be fielding an initial set of questions & we will take Q&A from the audience.

About our panellists

Trisha Gee has developed Java applications for a range of industries, including finance, manufacturing, software & non-profit, for companies of all sizes. She has expertise in Java high performance systems, is passionate about enabling developer productivity, & dabbles with Open Source development. Trisha is a leader of the Sevilla Java User Group & a Java Champion, she believes healthy communities & sharing ideas help us to learn from mistakes and build on successes. As a Developer Advocate for JetBrains, she gets to share all the interesting things she’s constantly discovering.

Ben Evans is Principal Engineer & Architect for JVM technologies at New Relic. Prior to joining New Relic, Ben co-founded jClarity (acquired by Microsoft) & was Chief Architect (Listed Derivatives) at Deutsche Bank. Ben is the author of 5 books - "The Well-Grounded Java Developer", "Java: The Legend", "Optimizing Java" & the recent editions of "Java in a Nutshell". He is the track lead for Java / JVM at, writes regularly for industry publications & is a frequent speaker at technical conferences worldwide.

Alex Blewitt has been working with Java since its first release & has worked on JVM projects at Goldman Sachs & Credit Suisse, where he was the JCP representative until 2016. He co-founded the Docklands.LJC & has spoken about Java and performance at several conferences & writes for InfoQ about Java & JVM topics. Before moving to Santander in 2020 he worked at Apple on Swift & has authored books in Swift & Eclipse plugin development.

Martijn Verburg is the Principal Engineering Group Manager (Java) at Microsoft. ex CEO at jClarity, a Machine Learning for Java/JVM performance analysis company. He is the co-leader of the London Java User Group (LJC), sits on the Java Standards Body (JCP) Executive Committee & leads the global Adopt a JSR & Adopt OpenJDK efforts to enable the community to contribute to Java standards and OpenJDK.

Richard Warburton is the co-founder of and maintainer of the Artio FIX Engine. He has written the book “Java 8 Lambdas” for O’Reilly & helps developers learn via and Richard is an experienced conference speaker, having spoken at dozens of events & sat on conference committees for some of the biggest conferences in Europe and the USA.

About our host

James (Jim) Gough is an executive director & developer at Morgan Stanley, where he’s focused on building customer-facing technology. A Java developer & author, Jim first became interested in Java during his degree program at the University of Warwick; after graduating, he became a member of the London Java Community. Community has remained central to Jim’s contributions, which include working on the design & testing of JSR-310 and serving on the Java Community Process Executive Committee for several years.

This event is organised by RecWorks on behalf of the London Java Community.

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The London Java Community (LJC) is a group of Java Enthusiasts who are interested in benefiting from shared knowledge in the industry. Through our forum and regular meetings you can keep in touch with the latest industry developments, learn new Java (& other JVM) technologies, meet other developers, discuss technical/non technical issues and network further throughout the Java Community.