Java: Past Present and Future

Thursday 11 April 2013, 6.00pm - 8.00pm

The Davidson Building, 5 Southampton Street, London WC2E 7HA. The nearest underground stations are Covent Garden and Charing Cross.

Chris Bailey


Over the last 18 years, Java has evolved from a small project aimed at set top boxes to a feature rich platform that is run on 3 billion devices, 97 percent of enterprise desktops, and has a community of 9 million developers.

This talk will cover the technologies and features available today in Java 7, the new technologies that should be arriving in Java 8 - including SE profiles and Lambda support, and some of the future directions for the language: modularity, multi-tenancy and cloud support.

About the Speaker:

Chris Bailey works at the IBM Hursley Laboratory near Winchester and is responsible for the technical leadership and direction of the IBM worldwide Java Service and Support organisation located in over five countries, from Ottawa in Canada to Shanghai in China. This organisation is primarily responsible for fixing defects in the IBM Java deliverables, but also has a wider scope in enabling IBM customers to deliver successful Java application deployments. This includes turning around troubled projects, close involvement in the delivery of new debugging tools, improved documentation, and user requirements, together with improving the overall quality of IBM Java implementations.


Free. To gain admission please email your name to our Membership Secretary, Algirdas Pakstas, at in advance of the meeting. Attendance lists will normally be finalised on the Monday preceding each meeting but late admission may be accepted by signing in to the Davison Building as a visitor.


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