I’m the fellow developer CWolf mentioned in his post. This will be my first MiniLD as well and can’t wait to get started! The language and tools of the trade I will be using are Java, Eclipse, Slick2D, GIMP, Inkscape and GoldWave (as well as a few content generators). I will also be attempting to stream my progress here as long as my bandwidth allows it. My synchronised start with CWolf (8pm UTC+1 Friday) is 6am Saturday for myself (Melbourne, Oz), which should be interesting!
Good luck and have fun to everyone who is participating!