Happy 8th Birthday Java!

It's been another longer journey but yesterday, exactly two years, seven months, and eighteen days after the release of Java 7 we now have production-ready builds of Java 8 available for download! This new major release contains several new features and enhancements that increase the performance of existing applications, make it easier to develop applications for modern platforms, and increase maintainability of code. Here is a brief overview about my personal highlights.

What's new overall?
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JavaOne CfP 2014 – Open for Business

This time of the year. Finally. It was about time. The 2014 JavaOne Call-For-Papers opened a few days back. And it is going to be a great one. Plenty of changes upcoming and it will have a huge focus on community speakers.

The rolling acceptance process from last year is back, so submit early!

A quote of mine sneaked into the advertising emails ;)
There is a new dedicated track for Agile development this year, (more...)

Abandon Fish! Migrating from GlassFish to JBoss or TomEE

I'v been a bit busy lately writing and reviewing stuff and didn't really had the chance to wrap up content for my blog. But things will change again and I am truly looking forward to that. So this is just a small reminder about one of the latest things I've been working on. RebelLabs published their latest report yesterday and it was my pleasure to put some efforts into it.

Since a while the GlassFish (more...)

"Continuous Enterprise Development in Java" by Andrew Lee Rubinger and Aslak Knutsen

I've been doing book reviews since some time now. But this is a special one. Back at JavaOne I ran into Aslak and Dan and we had a chance to talk about their latest book project which has been floating around the interwebs since some time now.

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Take a use-case approach to Enterprise Java development, and discover how to program more effectively. This practical book shows you how to perform continuous development, using a (more...)

WildFly 8 vs. GlassFish 4 – Which Application Server to Choose.

It's been a while since my last blog. I've obviously been busy with different things including my main job. After some more questions regarding the right choice for application servers cross my way it is the right time to pick this topic up again and share my thoughts.

One of the most read post on this blog is the post about which Java EE 6 application server to choose. I've been looking at a bunch (more...)

I’m speaking at OUGN Spring Conference 3rd-5th of April 2014, Oslo-Kiel

I'm pretty proud to announce, that I will be speaking at the annual OUGN spring seminar again. After my first time last year I was once again invited to speak by the Norwegian Oracle User Group (OUGN).

Last year's trip was sheer pleasure and I am very much looking forward to exciting talks and the unique conference experience that cruise ship provides. You can look at my photo sets on Google+ (Day 1, (more...)

Another year is nearly over…

... and it is time to sit back and relax a bit. It has been exhausting for me on many levels and I tried not to leave any opportunity slip through. It is time to say thanks. I'm thankful for the many people seeing me sessions on conferences around the world. (more...)

See me at DevNation, 13 – 17 April 2014, San Francisco, CA

I'm pretty proud to announce that I'll be speaking at the new open source, polyglot conference for application developers and maintainers DevNation 2014. It will be co-located with Red Hat Summit and will offer sessions, labs, and panels geared for those who build with open source.


As of today the (more...)

Project Avatar – What’s in it for Java EE 8?

With Java EE 7 out the door since a while it is already time to start planning for the next revision of the platform which will most likely be called Java EE 8. Oracle set up a community survey with which they would like to get input from the community (more...)

My vJUG Session: Don’t Be That Guy! Developer Security Awareness

I've been invited to talk at the vJUG which is the newest JUG around. A virtual JUG reaching out to interested Java Developers over all time zones and locations. The  aim is to get the greatest minds and speakers of the Java industry giving talks and presentations for this community, (more...)

R.I.P. GlassFish – Thanks for all the fish.

We've all heard it coming probably. Yesterday the official roadmap update for JavaEE and GlassFish was updated and published. And beginning with the title the whole post was basically about one thing: GlassFish Server as we know it today is deprecated from a full blown product to a toy product.

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JavaLand 2014 – CfP Statistics And Answers To Common Questions

You probably have heard about the new upcoming Java centered conference in Germany next year. JavaLand 2014 will open its gates for two days. So make sure you are around when this new conference will become the hub of the German Java developer scene. I'm proudly part of the (more...)

New Article in German iX Magazine: CapeDwarf

Another article hit the road today. This time a comprehensive introduction to CapeDwarf which is Red Hat's Google App Engine implementation for AS 7. In German iX Magazine 11/2013.

Flexible 
CapeDwarf tries to bring Google's App Engine to JBoss AS7
Red Hat's CapeDwarf project tries to bring two well-established technologies (more...)

Review: "TestNG Beginner’s Guide" by Varun Menon

Packt was so kind to send me another book to look at. I've always been curious about testing in general and I was looking for some good stuff to hand to co-workers or otherwise interested people to get started with TestNG.

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Unit/Functional testing has now become part of every (more...)

Travel Report: JavaOne 2013 – Back To Glory

I'm back since a few days already and needed to catch up with all the things which had been on hold for the last couple of days. It was the busiest time of the year for me. A complete week of JavaOne and OpenWorld in San Francisco. A very brief (more...)

New Article in German Java Aktuell – Java EE 7

Once in a while I publish stuff. This one is for my German speaking and reading audience. Latest Java Aktuell isse, which is the mouth piece of German iJUG e.V. has published an article of mine about the new Java EE 7 release.

Mobile statt Cloud - Java EE (more...)

Java Mission Control 5.2 is Finally Here! Welcome 7u40!

It has been a while since we last heard of this fancy little thing called Mission Control. It came all the way from JRockit and was renamed to Java Mission Control. This is one of the parts which literally survived the convergence strategy between HotSpot and JRockit. With today's Java (more...)

CapeDwarf – Google App Engine on Java EE

I have many hobbyhorses. Coming all the way from the early Java EE specifications and having done the "cloud" excursion with Java EE 7 I was curious to see what newly announced CapeDwarf project has in stock to bring Google's Platform as a Service offering "Google App Engine" (more...)

Review: "Oracle WebLogic Server 12c – Advanced Administration Cookbook" by Dalton Iwazaki

Another book crossed my desk. Following the latest hype around newly WebLogic Server release and Frank Munz's book there is another "recipe" driven administration book from Packt Publishing available. It was published in June this year and contains 60 advanced recipes to configure, troubleshoot and tune Oracle WebLogic Server.

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I’m speaking at DOAG Conference, 19-21 November 2013 in Nuremberg, Germany

Another conference announcement. The annual conference of the German Oracle User Group DOAG is ready to accept registrations. The speaker confirmations have been send out and I am happy to say that I will be speaking about the Oracle Cloud Java Service on the 19th.

Oracle Cloud Java Service for (more...)