Picks from the third and final day

JAX London – Day 3 Round-up


Java 8, the rise and fall, concurrency and beyond… these were the hot topics on day three

On the third and final day of this years JAX London conference, already there has been lots of interesting dialogue to cogitate, both in the form of Keynotes, but also bewteen delegates in general, as each new perspective and insight sparks new ideas, and of course, opinion

The mornings Keynote was ably delivered by RedMonk’s James Govenor who’s talk – The Rise and Fall and Rise of Java was suitably challenging, and a great source of mental stimulus that would set the tone for the rest of the morning. Jamie Allsop picked up the baton straight afterward in the Victoria room giving his thoughts on a distributed approach to agile working.

The second Keynote of the day came from Oracle’s very own Simon Ritter who talked us through Java 8 and beyond, in fact that cunningly also being the name of his talk! New features are always bound to stir excitement, but with a clear disclaimer about how much of what was shown potentially changing by the time Java 8 comes out, many will have been tantalised by the glimpses on offer, but equally unsure whether it will see the light of day – in the demonstrated form at least – such is the nature of software in development.

One subject that sparked a lot of interest and debate on the day was that of concurrency.  Fredrik Ohrstrom’s Concurrency in the Java Language and Platform talked about what changes will be needed in both the language, as well as the JVM, while Martijn Verburg and Ben Evans took a look a the subject from another angle with their Modern Concurrency presentation. For those that prefer not to do things by halves, Trisha Gee and Mike Barker from LMAX had your needs covered finishing the the day off with the aptly titled Understanding the Disruptor, a Beginner’s Guide to hardcore Concurrency.

For those of the mobile persuasion, there was of course a number of Android sessions. Rupert Bates was kind enough to go through the trials and victories of making a mass market app, in this case the popular offering from the Guardian. Of course some more grass roots development issues also got the once over, notably from JAX regular Ted Neward who covered a number of Android topics including Persistence and User Interface – as always, big thanks to Ted for his generous contribution over the entire three days.

Once all was literally said, and proverbally done, sadly the conference had to come to a close. We would like to extend our gratitude to everyone who attended, and hope that your time with us was both enjoyable and profitable. Of course everyone who gave talks, you make JAX what it is, and it’s your ideas and inspiration that keep the Java community talking, which as about as important to the broader eco-system as the software, skills and platforms themselves. So to everyone that was there, in whatever capacity it might have been, here’s to the next one!

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