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Java Day Riga 2013 – What a great day to remember!

Posted by Patroklos Papapetrou on November 28, 2013


What a superb day to remember!!
First time in Latvia, Riga, first time talking in a movie room.

When my talk was accepted by Dmitry (thank you very much once again) I couldn’t imagine of how great time I’d have during my stay in Riga. Everything was just perfect: the conference organization, the venue, the topics, the speakers and of course the participants! I wish I could duplicate myself to listen live more talks 😦 . I’m working on this 🙂

I decided to follow the Java 8 – Immutability – Scala track and I’m delighted that I had the chance to listen to all these speakers. It all started with the keynote speech by Simon Ritter and his excellent discussion about Functional Programming Constructs and Smpler Concurrency in Java SE 8. He made me want to use Java SE 8 right now and wondering if Lambda expressions is the end of the traditional for blocks and abstract classes! I can’t wait until March for the official release. In the meanwhile I can live with what Tero Perviainen reminded us about Immutable Java, by sharing his experience in real-life projects. Next, and after we enjoyed some great snacks, it was the right time to move to the Scala world, still in the JVM 🙂 Mirco Dotta, an experienced Typesafe Scala engineer, taught us how to effectively (not only for the compiler but the developer as well) write our Scala programs.

Then I had to take a break, because It was my turn to hold a session about code quality technical debt and SonarQube so I missed the talk by Jan Valenta about Java FX Deployment. I was really suprised of how many people actually use or are willing to use SonarQube 🙂

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The last talk I attended was JDK 8 Stream Style by this crazy Russian Oracle guy Sergey Kuksenko. His talk made me believe that the JDK8 Stream Class will be the new buzz-word class 🙂 . Buy bye lists, iterators etc.

I’m leaving Riga with the best of memories and maybe I’ll be back some day to attend another great Java Day event 🙂

Until that day, Jūs atkal redzēt my Latvian friends. ( I hope I got it right ) 🙂

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