Last week's highlights

Weekly Review: The state of Java, a glimpse of Jakarta EE 9 & more

Chris Stewart
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Every Monday, we take a step back and look at all the cool stuff that went down during the previous week. Last week we published a fascinating interview with Simon Ritter about the state of Java in 2019, caught a glimpse of Jakarta EE 9 and its potential release window, learned about two new pieces of open source software from Netflix, and much more. Let’s take a look.

From the state of Java in 2019 to the up and coming technology trends in 2020, this week has a bit of everything. Discussions around Jakarta EE’s future proved very insightful, and we also learned more about how much DevOps specialists earn and how to become one. But don’t just take my word for it, take a look for yourself. Happy Monday!

The State of Java in 2019: “The rate of change is higher than ever before”

“With the 6-month release cycle, the overall rate of change is higher than ever before”, said Simon Ritter in an interview with JAXenter at JAX London. The deputy CTO of Azul Systems looks at the recently developed features and explains which direction Java is currently developing.

See the full state of Java interview here.

Jakarta EE 9 – signs point to a big bang

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.

Read more about the Jakarta EE 9 big bang theory here.

Netflix adds to open source with Mantis and Polynote

We love open source! And now, 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.

Read more about Netflix’s open source projects here.

Amazon joins the Java Community Process (JCP)

It’s been a big few months for Java recently, what with the release of Java 13 alongside JavaFX 13 and Jakarta EE 8. Now we have some big news about Amazon Web Services and their future role in the development of new Java specifications.

Read more about Amazon joining the JCP.

Stack Overflow Calculator 2019 reveals DevOps specialists earn top salaries

Do you know your worth? Stack Overflow updated its Salary Calculator with new data for 2019, adding Italy to the list of countries that can search for sample salaries. Stay updated with what your experience is worth and use the calculator to calculate how much you should make, depending on your location, skillset, and experience level.

Read more about the Stack Overflow Salary Calculator here. Alternatively, read about how to become a DevOps engineer here.

Adopt these 10 strategic technologies in 2020

Take a look into the crystal ball. What does Gartner predict for 2020? Here are ten strategic trending technologies that tech leaders should have on their radar in the coming years. Augmented and virtual reality might train employees in the future, voting might become based on a blockchain, and AI security might become the most important factor in risk management.

Read more about the 2020 trends here.



But that’s not all

Last week was so full of interesting news and great content, here’s a few more highlights for you:

Chris Stewart
Chris Stewart is an Online Editor for He studied French at Somerville College, Oxford before moving to Germany in 2011. He speaks too many languages, writes a blog, and dabbles in card tricks.

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