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Top 10 Java stories of October: Open source, Microsoft contribution and a first glimpse of Jakarta EE 9

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November just arrived, which means it’s time for our monthly recap. The Java world was as busy as always, with Jakarta EE 9, the first “feature release” under the umbrella of the Eclipse Foundation, under discussion. October was also the month of our Java conference and we released a new issue of JAX Mag. Here are our top 10 stories of the month.

In October we finally caught a first glimpse of Jakarta EE 9, while Microsoft turned into a “Java shop”—and announced their contribution plans for OpenJDK. Open source software is as popular as ever and Kotlin is on the rise. Plus, what are the problems with remote work and how can we solve them?

Now is the time to read up on all the exciting Java topics of last month, in case you missed them.

Netflix adds to open source with Mantis and Polynote

October’s top news was all about open source: Two new recently open sourced pieces of software from Netflix have arrived. Mantis allows you to build realtime stream processing applications and Polynote is an IDE-inspired polyglot notebook. See what both of these can do, some of their use cases, and what important features set them apart.

8 key Kotlin features that give it an edge over Java

Kotlin comes in second in our monthly roundup. The hype for the programming language is on a steady incline due to many of its features tackling Java shortcomings. In this article, you will find out about some of the key Kotlin features that may have you switching your main programming language. For instance, how is the power of Kotlin’s immutability harnessed?

Microsoft announces it’s ready to contribute to OpenJDK

Microsoft makes the top 3 in last month’s recap. The collaboration between Microsoft and Oracle has now been formalized, and Microsoft’s Bruno Borges has posted a message in the OpenJDK mailing list about what happens next and how Microsoft will start to integrate its team into the OpenJDK community. And this wasn’t the only announcement by a big player in October: Amazon announced that they have joined the Java Community Process.

Java, Microsoft & Pizza: 10 Take-aways from JAX London 2019

Here’s Microsoft again: Is Microsoft now a Java shop and does Quarkus makes Java cool again? We summarized our personal highlights of JAX London in 10 take-aways including two video interviews with speakers. See what we’ve learned at the Java conference.

CI/CD for Spring Boot Microservices: Part 1

How can you get started with Continuous Integration with Spring Boot? In this tutorial, learn how Continuous Integration and Delivery will help you test and prepare a Java app for Docker. This is part one of a tutorial series by Tomas Fernandez. By the end of this article, you will have set up your first CI/CD pipeline and know all about it!

Jakarta EE 9 – signs point to a big bang

A first look at Jakarta EE 9 is on place 6 of last month’s trending topics. Jakarta EE 8 is released and the Enterprise Edition of Java has finally moved to the Eclipse Foundation. After slowing down long enough for a few deep breaths, the time has come to start discussing what comes next for the project. Bill Shannon, Architect at Oracle, has presented a first draft for Jakarta EE 9, which is now the subject of intense discussion.

4 tools that solve 4 problems of remote work

Remote work among programmers is increasing, as there’s a lot of benefits to remote work for both employee and employer. However, when it comes to downsides, it can be difficult to find the right solutions. In this article, find out some commonly-encountered remote work problems and 4 tools that hold the solution.

New JAX Mag issue: Java 13 – the JDK’s hidden treasures

The newest issue of JAX Mag is here! This time we’ve covered Java 13, JavaFX 13 and Jakarta EE for you in detail. We did a deep dive into the JDK’s new features and got hold of the executive director of the Eclipse Foundation, Mike Milinkovich. Find out what he has to say on the current status of Jakarta EE.

Top 5 reasons to go for a data lake architecture

Data lakes are just one way to organize and structure big data, and are one of the most relaxed in terms of data preparation and organization. As we are on the brink of a paradigm change fueled by the explosion of available information, here are the top reasons to look at data lakes as a data management option.

Don’t track me: GitLab rolls back on third-party telemetry services

Last but not least, GitLab made our top 10 list with a controversial decision. They recently rocked the boat with a proposed change for their Terms of Service, which included user level product usage tracking, which potentially went against GDPR guidelines. The community response was highly critical. Now, GitLab has rolled back on their decision and will not activate the changes.

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