Archive for August, 2017

Software Development In This Day and Age

My first foray into learning Java is still on my mind and some of that effort have appeared here. However over the span of almost a decade a number of developments have happened in the Java eco-system and I thought I revisit that effort with more focus on the tool chain.

Java has been an interest platform since it’s inception and much of the interest is not necessary driven by the current owners of the core patents, but innovations spring forth from a wide community. However, the renewed interest in how I used to learn is not limited to IDEs because increasingly being cross platform requires a certain degree of savviness with command prompts.

A Little Context

  • Java is at Java 8, with the imminent release of Java 9: these feature fundamental changes to how the platform works and runs.
  • Cloud computing has becoming central to how platforms and architectures work;
  • Open source Java eco-systems have had interesting contribution to how the official Java releases evolve over the years. A specific example would be the implementation of java.time.*
  • Java EE is coming along nicely most of the time and the aforementioned open source community have some interesting innovations on top;
  • When I was trying to understand JPA, xml configuration was all over the place and yes, tools like Netbeans seems to look more like evolving into VB 6 like IDEs
  • With the popularity of Git and the supporting services, code sharing can be used as a teaching and/or learning tool; gradually and incrementally.

The new Technologies I am thinking of gradually building into this new take would be:

Within the context of the previous tutorials

  • Built management tools like Gradle/Maven
  • Version code control systems (mainly Git)
  • Collaborative online efforts that uses multiple branches (when and if possible connecting to similar issue tracking systems), with Git at it’s heart.

As a summary, much of this can be described in a file of Git repository! How search engines discover interesting subjects for beginnings to fix a single line of code makes me wonder.


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