Last Tuesday was the first edition of JVMCON. This conference has a special programme committee: its audience. When the Call for Papers closed, everyone who had a ticket could see the submitted papers. Only, they could not see who submitted the paper - which let them focus on the papers themselves. Out of almost 180 papers, they had to select 13… And guess what: one of them was mine! I presented my talk for the early birds, and there were quite a lot of them!

Devoxx 2017

Almost two months ago I visited Devoxx 2017. It’s about time to write some notes on the stuff I learnt there! Event Storming & DDD workshop The week started off with a full afternoon workshop led by Stijn Vanpoucke. The workshop consisted of small pieces of theory, alternated with exercises using post-it’s and markers. A few of the theoretic pieces: * An event is something that has happened in the past.

JavaOne 2017

This year, I had the pleasure again to visit JavaOne. Not only did I attend the conference, I was also accepted to speak, which was quite a dream come true. The session catalog contains almost 500 sessions, and I obviously visited only a subset of them. I found two topics particularly interesting and decided to attend multiple sessions on each of them. “Prepare for JDK 9” and “Migrating to Java 9 Modules” Both sessions where more or less covering the same ground, although from a different perspective.

Wow, that was a busy and inspiring week! In one week, I’ve visited two conferences in two different countries to give talks on two different subjects. But the most inspiring part came from attending other sessions. I’ll highlight one session from both conferences. JBCNConf 2017 On JBCNConf, I’ve attented a session by Burr Sutter about Vert.x. This was a session full of energy, as Burr is really capable of making your enthusiastic of whatever he is talking on.

As a closing keynote on the second day of Jfokus, Jonas BonĂ©r took the stage under the very clarifying title “Blah blah Microservices blah blah”, which turned out to mean “From microliths to microsystems”. As a first observation, he stated that no-one really likes microservices. They are kind of a necessary evil - because “doing” microservices comes at a cost. In fact, microservices are just a specialisation of an older concept called distributed systems.

Jfokus, Day 2

The second day of Jfokus is just as action-packed as the first one. However, part of the action is me giving two talks. Both of them scheduled today, so a little less time for attending other sessions and blogging about them. I did attend some other sessions after lunch time, on which I’ll report below. Introduction to Machine Learning Directly after the lunch, James Ward gave an introduction to machine learning.

Jfokus, Day 1

These days, I’m in Stockholm, attending and speaking at the Jfokus conference. Yesterday night was a great opportunity to get to know a few other speakers during dinner. We were even surprised by an act of the Lemon Squeezy barbershop quartet singing for us - very beautiful! But today, the serious stuff started. In the following sections, I have written down my notes and observations of each of the sessions I attended.