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Top 10 Java stories of August

Jane Elizabeth
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Ah, August. Everyone goes on holiday to enjoy the hot summer days and starry summer nights. Find out what you missed in the Java world this month! We go over our top stories of August – the latest news on Angular 5, the best open source skills for job hunting, and the ongoing Java 9 saga.

1. On the road to Angular 5: Closer to the finish line

What do we know about Angular 5 so far? We’re getting there slowly but surely: now it’s time to stress test all the new features announced at this year’s ng-conf and hunt for bugs. Get ready, because Angular 5 will be here before you know it.

2. Building a secure REST API with Spring Data REST and Java 8

The team at techdev show us how they combined an AngularJS, Java 8 and Spring 4 backend with a REST API to build a office data-tracking tool.

REST APIs are a great interface for both, backend-to-backend communication and the quite popular Single Page Applications (SPAs). At techdev, we built trackr, our own tool to track our working times, vacation requests, travel expenses, invoices and more.

3. 20 JavaFX real-world applications

In November 2015 Dirk Lemmermann (Freelancer) and I (Alexander Casall) had a JavaOne session about JavaFX Real World Applications. We showed a bunch of apps that we made for our customers or where we had contributions in development. This article summarizes the talk by showing the applications that we’ve talked about. In addition, I asked some other JavaFX developers if they want to contribute their apps to this blog post.

SEE MORE: Top 10 Java stories of July

4. Eclipse, NetBeans or IntelliJ: Which is the best Java IDE?

Eclipse’s Luna release brought a range of interesting new functions – but how does the Java IDE stand up to rivals NetBeans and IntelliJ?

For quite some time now, Eclipse has had a thorn in its IDE. With NetBeans and IntelliJ ever at its heels, the Eclipse development environment has been battling to hold sway over the community. It’s about time we compared the big three in Java IDEs.

5. The future looks good for Java EE — 4 experts weigh in

Discussions about Java EE‘s future are more intense than ever. Was Oracle’s decision to look into moving Java EE technologies “to an open source foundation” a good one? If it is moved to an open source foundation, which one is the most suitable? Should it be renamed? We invited Ivar Grimstad, Martijn Verburg, Reza Rahman and Josh Juneau to weigh in on Oracle’s decision.

6. Spring Boot tutorial: REST services and microservices

In this tutorial, Michael Gruczel uses a simple example to show how to set up a REST-based microservice with Spring Boot.

The times of Java EE application server and monolithic software architectures are nearly gone. Hardware is not getting faster anymore, but internet traffic is still increasing. Platforms have to support scaling out. Load must be distributed to several hosts. Microservice-based architectures can offer solutions for this requirement. Apart from the better scaling, microservices offer faster development cycles, dynamic scaling depending on load and improved failover behavior.

7. Top 5 machine learning libraries for Java

Companies are scrambling to find enough programmers capable of coding for ML and deep learning. Are you ready? Here are five of our top picks for machine learning libraries for Java.

The long AI winter is over. Instead of being a punchline, machine learning is one of the hottest skills in tech right now. Companies are scrambling to find enough programmers capable of coding for ML and deep learning. While no one programming language has won the dominant position, here are five of our top picks for ML libraries for Java.

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8. Java performance tutorial – How fast are the Java 8 streams?

In this JAX Magazine sneak preview, JAX London speaker Angelika Langer answers the most important question for anyone using Java streams: are they really faster?

9. Open source skills are a boost for career prospects, report finds

Open source makes the world go round, from Google, Facebook and Twitter to Android smartphones and Linux in self-driving cars. The Linux Foundation’s 2017 Open Source Jobs Report confirms that the hiring market for developers with open source skills is hot, hot, hot. Are you ready?

10. Java 9 delayed to September 21

In late May, Mark Reinhold proposed to “adjust the General Availability date in order to accommodate the additional time required to move through the JCP process.” Since there were no objections to the proposed eight-week extension, it will be released on September 21.

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