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Spoiler: "I'm not expecting Java to go anywhere"

5 things we learned from James Governor | JAX London 2016

JAX Editorial Team
JAX London
James Governor opening keynote JAX London 2016

If there’s one thing that attendees can take away from the opening keynote at JAX London 2016, it’s the growing importance of Java. James Governor, co-founder of RedMonk, the only developer-focused industry analyst firm, took the stage to show how web companies turn into Java shops as they mature. Here are the top five things we learned from him.

Take a look at our short interview with James Governor in which he reveals all about Java:

James Governor, co-founder of RedMonk, the only developer-focused industry analyst firm, took the stage to open JAX London 2016. But before we dive into more details, let’s take a look at one tweet which summarizes the keynote beautifully:

James Governor’s keynote was an ode to Java; he showed how web companies turn into Java shops as they mature and talked about the new world where players such as Lightbend, Spring, Netty, Dropwizard, Apache Spark, Play and Eclipse Vert.x play a huge role. He mentioned that we need new frameworks to keep Java going and gave a huge shout-out to Spring and Spring Boot.

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James Governor opening keynote JAX London 2016

Highlight #1: We’re all foragers now

Highlight #2: We need to invest in people

Highlight #3: Open source is the new normal

Highlight #4: Everyone should be using continuous integration in modern software development

Highlight #5: The Tapas table metaphor — Break your monolithic team into small teams to build great things

Highlight #5: We need new frameworks to keep Java growing

Java has died and revived time and time again but how come it’s still here? According to James Governor, one of the most revealing hints is the fact that the world’s biggest web companies are turning to Java as they grow. Even the giants that think Java is obsolete and turn to the likes of Hadoop to solve their problems inevitably make use of Java at one point.

I’m not expecting Java to go anywhere

Finally, some words of wisdom for all the developers out there:

Code is not your competitive advantage.Your service offerings and data are the differentiator. Embrace open source.

More to come.

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