23 Apr

Trends of a Java developer

With the release of Java 8 and planning already underway for Java 9+, the entire 9M+ Java community is energized in learning more about the latest additions to the Java platform and ecosystem. This track will cover new Java features such as Lambdas, Streams, New Concurrency primitives, new JVM languages and explore how to optimize performance in Java-based systems. We’ll also investigate how enterprises are exploring the use of Java Embedded in an Internet of Things world.

#1 – Up to date knowledge

A successful Java developer will definitely be enlightened about all latest Java features and news, which also involve the most popular frameworks such as Spring. This is good challenge for those developers who work on old projects with a huge amount of legacy code. How to do this in a most effective way? A good idea is to follow accounts of Java, Oracle, Spring and rest of interesting accounts in Twitter.

#2 – Not only Java

For those developers who have already adhered to #1, it will be useful to look at functional programming languages such as Scala or JavaScript. The first one is much closer to Java, because it’s JVM-based language, while the second one is more comprehensive as it exists on client-side and server side, and as a result you can become a full-stack developer. But the both cases are difficult for classic OOP-true programmers, because they have functional paradigm which always looks wild for Java developers.

#3 – Community life

It will be difficult to become a successful programmer without opinion of other developers. Be part of a community life by participating in conferences as a speaker or as a trainer on programming courses. If these do not seem suitable for you, try to contribute in open source projects on GitHub. Ideally these three activities need to be present in life of pro-active Java developer.

#4 – Trends, science and education

Analysis of successful projects and startups has shown that the most important technological trend for Java developers in 2015 is big data. Hadoop or Spark?

When you work in a commercial software development you start thinking in the context of business domain. As a rule, it leads to losing the natural way of developer thinking – scientific thinking. In order to eliminate this circumstance you can try to switch your mind activity by taking some computer science courses on Coursera.

The cherry on the cake is reading books. The more new, modern, technical books you read, the better you will understand the cutting edge approaches in software development you have.

#5 – Personal projects

Not always your employer give you chance to practice in a new technology or framework etc. It’s not his fault. It’s one of stimulus to develop your own project where you are able to try everything you want.

Summary

Like in any profession, being a Java developer is an evolving craft. New skills and alternative perspectives, with added knowledge and shared experience will make you a much better developer.

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