Finally I managed to visit Devoxx. I had a great time, attended many good talks and as usual few not so good ones.
The most prominent topic was the upcoming JDK 8. Its most visible feature will be the advent of lambda-expressions. Which will have a deep impact on developers. Especially the collections-api feels whole new.
The term reactive and the reactive manifesto was cited quite often and it fits into the aforementioned schemes. Though I was looking into the functional world recently, I didn’t quite grok the talk(s) about reactivity. Perhaps those were only bad sessions, but I guess I have to get up to speed in this area.
Java EE 7 is here, but compared to JDK 8 it feels like a maintenance release.
Much talking about android, which I didn’t care about.
RaspberryPis everywhere! There seems to be quite some hype around those small thingys. Devs attach them to virtually everything. Duct taping them to drones, is the thing. I bought one, let’s see what happens ;)
There were some Spring talks, but compared to Java EE it seems rather irrelevant.
There wasn’t so much buzz around alternative JVM languages. It seemed like an accepted fact, that they have their place in the ecosystem, nothing too fancy about them any more. Use them if you like, nobody will get hurt.
I’d like to close this article with my personal top-five sessions:
Top 5 Sessions