The JavaOne 2017 conference seemed to come and go before we knew it! For those of you who missed its passing altogether it was in October and there were some interesting points that were worth exploring.
Let’s dive straight in!
We already discussed Java security in another post this week and it was the founder of Manicode Security, Jim Manico and Java Champion Ivar Grimstad who delivered talks on this subject. Click here to read the post.
It’s difficult not to feel bad for Manico and Grimstad when the latter bemoans the lack of interest in security: "I think it will be used a lot in enterprises and in-house applications. But it's not a sexy topic that draws in big audiences at conferences."
One of the common comments throughout the 5-day conference was that change was afoot. No big deal, right. I mean, that’s what the tech industry is about. Change is always happening. Not according to the speakers at this year’s JavaOne. The kind of change they are talking about is the kind that hasn’t been seen in the Java world since, well, ever.
The line that was heard over and over was that the world of Java had seen more change in the last few weeks than the last decade. Much of the stimulation is coming from the range of different players contributing to the Java universe right now.
Jigsaw is not the beginning and end of Java9. There are lots of cool elements, other than the much vaunted Jigsaw, that will make Java9 the game changer developers have been waiting for.
But what exactly will it bring? It is still too soon to talk about specifics but generally Java9 will make Java significantly easier to code and maintain. Project Coin and Lambda enhancements were amongst those highlighted.
Java EE is an excellent choice for Cloud. It is a practical and secure option no matter whether you are working with Iaas, SaaS or PaaS. If you or your team is considering coding for Cloud, Java should be definitely be on your list.
JavaOne 2017 seems to have been more deliberately geared towards developers this year. This is a major indication from Oracle that they are dedicated to engaging developers and developer communities outside of the those that Oracle typically attracts.
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