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Top 10 Java stories of April

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Spring has arrived and April has passed like rain in the mountain. What were we reading this month? Well, readers were really interested in the all new Angular 4, how to write a Java EE application with Spring Boot, and more!

1.  Angular 4: Top features you need to know

No surprises here, our top story of the month was the all new Angular 4. Angular 4 was released recently, so everyone is keen on learning the ins and the outs to this update. They also explain some of the new adjustments we all have to make to our old favorite. Here, Karsten Sitterberg and Thomas Kruse show all the innovations, give tips on migrating and take a guess at what Angular 5 will look like.

2.  How to write a Java EE application using Spring Boot and Docker on NetBeans IDE 8.2

This was one of our favorites as well. Nebrass Lamouchi shared with us how to write a Java EE application using two of the trendiest technologies: Spring Boot & Docker on NetBeans IDE 8.2.  Spring Boot is an innovative project that aims to make it easy creating spring applications, by simplifying the configuration and deployment actions through its convention over configuration based setup. This how-to runs step by step through making a Java EE application.

3.  Java is alive and well, thank you, and is just as relevant as ever

This elegy for the dearly departed Java is a little early. After all, despite all the hoopla, Java’s not dead yet. People have been predicting its demise for almost a decade now, but Java is still going strong.

In this article, Wayne Citrin explains why Java is not going away anytime soon. (Here’s a hint: Java is used as a bridge to the future with newer programming languages.)

4.  Microservices trends 2017: Strategies, tools and frameworks

Microservices are more important than ever in 2017. These preliminary results from our Rethink IT survey are fascinating to see. For one thing, almost 50% of our survey respondents think Spring Boot is the best framework for microservices, followed by Java EE.

Our Rethink IT survey is still open. We want to hear from you and how you use emerging tech in your daily life. Please take a few minutes to fill it out here! Thanks.

5.  Facebook scraps React as we know it, welcomes successor React Fiber

Big news from the Facebook Developer Conference. Amidst the talk of AI and virtual reality, it was announced that Facebook scrapped the React framework. Mark Zuckerburg and co. have decided to completely scrap React in favor of the all new React Fiber, which is backwards compatible. Why? They think this new framework will be more responsive and a better foundation for where Facebook wants to go in the future.

6.  Will Jigsaw lead to the fragmentation of the Java community?

The countdown to the Java 9 release has begun — soon, we’ll be able to take it for a spin. However, some of the members of the Java Platform Module System expert group claim that we shouldn’t pop the champagne just yet. Is Jigsaw really that flawed or is it a worthy opponent to JBoss Modules and OSGi?

SEE MORE: Top 10 Java stories of March

7.  Stack Overflow: Java peaks during the 9-5 workday while Angular does better in the evenings

Coding at night? It’s probably not in JavaScript. The data scientists over at Stack Overflow have done a deep dive and discovered when certain programming languages are used. Surprisingly, not a whole lot of people are asking questions on Stack at 5am. Who knew?

8.  17 gifs that truly express my feels for Angular 4

This April Fools Day post was a look at our feels for the new Angular 4. It’s not quite in our normal house style, but I for one believe all posts should have more GIF reactions.

9.  Keeping up with Java EE 8

A recap of a recap? We’re getting a little recursive up in here! But this article on all the happenings of Java EE 8 was still popular with the masses. We keep up with the Java EE news, so you don’t have to!

10.  On the road to Angular 5: Simpler, smaller, faster, smoother

Yes, Angular 4 just came out. But it’s never too early to start looking at the road ahead, especially as Angular 4 was released with known bugs. And everyone was expecting to get a glimpse of Angular 5 during the keynote delivered by Igor Minar and Steven Fluin at the ng-conf 2017. Although not a lot of details were revealed, we did find out that version 5 will have three themes: simplicity, speed and size and smooth updates.

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