You might have seen our interview with Richard Wild yesterday ahead of next week’s event, well today is the turn of Peter Pilgrim. Peter is a Technical Architect and Cloud-Native Platform Engineer. He develops Java and Polyglot software, usually for `Bluechip Enterprises’. He is currently the Managing Director of PEAT LTD. We chatted to Peter about his ‘Java EE: Ah, Ah, Ah, Ah! Stayin’ Alive!’ talk next week.
Who do you think should come along and why?
This talk is for enterprise developers, technical leaders and optionally DevOps, who are work with Java EE. I say, Java EE, but even if you develop Spring Boot applications with Kotlin then you are relying on the traditional enterprise umbrella and individual specifications. Some of these specifications are now about twenty years old. The point is that Java EE is now at a point of inflexion and Jakarta EE is where the technology and standard will be managed from now on.
What do you think are the three most interesting questions that this event will answer?
Why Java EE is important.
Why it was created.
Why it will remain highly relevant for the next decade.
Other interesting questions we’ll explore are:
Should I keep my investment in Java EE?
Spring versus Java EE, which is better? What is the difference?
Why does Spring beat-down on Java EE at regular intervals during conference and advocacy blog posts and vice versa?
I can definitely answer the question of where Jakarta EE and Java EE fit into the micro-service oriented architecture (M/SOA) debate. No one owns a magical crystal ball, but I hope I point to the near-future with Jakarta EE as the focal point.
Why do you think this presentation is important for people?
I think my talk is important to get an overview of the state-of-the-art. Oracle has backed away from the Enterprise Edition now by moving the intellectual property to the Eclipse Foundation and the Mobile Edition is hardly mentioned these days. If Java is dead, then Java ME is deader than dead; when we follow the some of the journalistic hyperbolic invective. Our steward of Java, Oracle, clearly wanted to concentrate investment around the Java language and the JVM platform. We can all see the 6 monthly releases, which the community around EE (Jakarta / Java EE) in flux. Did I mention Java 11 is out now and in March 2019, Java 12 will be released.
Any advice for junior programmers entering the industry?
Find a very good senior pair-developer / anchor / technical lead, who will sit with you and explain carefully Java technology and frameworks.
Be assertive and ask for help and advice if you feel unsure. Ensure that you don’t get fobbed off with weak answers. There are plenty of technologies to learn that were not around 10 – 15 years ago and the knowledge explosion will just keep increasing at a rate of knots. I reckon Java will be here for at least 2 decades, but it is not about tech anymore and it is always a “people problem” as you new gals and guys will quickly learn. So be kind to your team and be careful out there in the world of professional work.
If you’d like to hear more, come along to the talk on Tuesday 16th October, 18:30 @ Skills Matter, EC2M 7EB. You can find all the event details and RSVP here