Interview series with JAX London speakers

10 software development insights from JAX London 2016 [VIDEO]

They say a picture is worth a thousand words. But how about a video? Or 10? We asked 10 JAX London speakers to tell us how their sessions went, what attendees learned from them and why the topics presented in their sessions are important in today’s tech landscape.

Interview with Chris Stewart, CEO and co-founder of SuredBits

[Bit]coin flipping: “Scala is a perfect match for Bitcoin”

Whether they realize it or not, more than 95 percent of all Bitcoin users use Bitcoin Core. Although there are nearly 400 people who have written code and had it merged into Bitcoin Core, there are ongoing initiatives to try and get more developers familiar with the Bitcoin Core code base. We talked to Chris Stewart, CEO and co-founder of SuredBits, about the current state of Bitcoin, the role of Bitcoin Core and what it’s like to implement a spv-node for the Bitcoin protocol in Scala.

The wait is over!

These are the winners of JAX Innovation Awards 2016 | JAX London

The winners of the JAX Innovation Awards 2016 have been announced this evening at the JAX Innovation Awards special event in London, United Kingdom. The winner of the ‘Most innovative contribution to the Java ecosystem’ category is Spring Boot. Docker has been voted the most innovative solution to software delivery and DevOps while the Special Jury Award went to Let’s Encrypt.

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

5 things we learned from James Governor | 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.

It's not necessarily a search-and-destroy mission

Why use microservices?

Gartner projects that the worldwide public cloud services market will grow 16.5 percent by the end of this year. 451 Research found that 40 percent of companies surveyed are going to prioritize the mobilization of general business apps over the next two years. Trends like these have led developers to rapidly adopt microservices for building applications. As business needs change, forward-thinking companies are modifying, scaling and updating their apps continuously with the help of microservices.

Eclipse Edje + Eclipse IoT: Towards a full IoT Stack for Microcontrollers

Developing for the embedded world is a really interesting challenge, as any object may become part of the Internet of Things (IoT). Unfortunately, to achieve that goal, companies may not be able to afford high end processors (such as the one found in a Rasberry Pi 3) for every device. Even though you have “only” few dollars to put in your “Thing” to make it smart, you can still manage to run multiple IoT libraries on it.

Plus pros and cons

Top 5 open source version control systems

System admins are very likely to collaborate with many people across the company and therefore experience the stress of transferring files and controlling the changes across various versions created in the process. Version control systems play an important role in enabling easy collaboration, maintaining different versions, and keeping track of the changes.

Rest in peace

Eulogy for Pieter Hintjens

Pieter Hintjens has passed away. He died earlier this week at his own demand, after learning in April this year that he was suffering from a terminal carcinosis. Under such circumstances, euthanasia is legal in his homeland Belgium.

Interview with Nancy Hua, CEO of Apptimize

“Apps need to show value before they can ask for information”

Users want the apps on their phones to always deliver value – not satisfying their expectations will eventually lead to lower ratings and more regular uninstalls. So how can we prevent that from happening? We asked Nancy Hua, CEO of Apptimize, to explain what it means to truly optimize an app.

Digital transformation is good business

Managing performance of microservices in containers | DevOpsCon

Changes in software have been extensive over the last half-a-decade beginning with agile which have led to a rampant use of microservices and are beginning to change the data center with containers. Together we will try to answer the following questions: What is changing with software and why? What challenges are faced with these changes? How can we overcome these challenges?

Interview with Scala creator Martin Odersky — The current state of Scala

James Strachan, the creator of Groovy, once said that if somebody had shown him Martin Odersky’s Programming in Scala book back in 2003, he would have probably never created Groovy. Scala’s star is still shining bright — we invited Martin Odersky, the creator of Scala, to talk about the impending 2.12 version, the current state of this programming language and the technical innovations that await us.

Interview with Bill Pataky, Vice President of Mobile Development Program and Developer Tools at Oracle

Oracle developers will be involved in at least two Apache NetBeans releases

NetBeans is leaving Oracle behind in the hope that a change of scenery will help boost the number of contributions from various organizations. After talking to a few members of the NetBeans Dream Team about Oracle’s decision to donate NetBeans to the Apache Foundation, it is time to allow Oracle to explain how they reached the conclusion that NetBeans should be donated to the Apache Foundation and what’s next for Apache NetBeans.