The state of Java [developers] — reflections on Devoxx by Lucas Jellema


I attended Devoxx Belgium — November 2019. The yearly gathering of over 3000 Java developers (numbers provided by Devoxx website). Maybe not all of them Java and perhaps some not even developers. But by and large … Java and software development are the core themes.

This conference has taken the place of JavaOne as the premier venue for the Java community — to exchange ideas, make announcement, promote open source projects and win the hearts and minds of the community at large. It is a great place to learn , get comforted by the pains that others go through such as much as you are yourself, get answers to burning questions and most of all: be inspired. I leave Devoxx with a head full of plans, ideas, intentions, question and ambitions. It will sustain me for a long time. And if I need more — I will check the online videos at YouTube where almost all talks are available.

In this article — I have tried to “persist” some of the ideas and findings that are spinning around in my head. I am aware — and so should you be, my dear reader — that there is a bit of bias involved. The conference offered curated content: decisions were made by the organizers about what subjects to include in the agenda — and which ones not. Perhaps topics that are very relevant were excluded in that way. I also did not visit all sessions: I chose sessions that fit in with my highly personal frame of mind (even though I try to attend some sessions way out of my comfort zone). Read the complete article here.

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