Java EE @ Java Day Kiev

Java Day Kiev took place 14-15 October. Led by the Ukrainian JUG, it is one of the most significant developer events in Ukraine. The event attracted a bevy of world-class speakers including Burr Sutter, Ivar Grimstad, Sebastian Daschner, Ruslan Sinitskiy and Edson Yanaga. Java EE had an excellent showing at the event including my own talks. The organizers had invited me in previous years but I could not go to Ukraine due to Oracle’s overly conservative travel restrictions. This year was my opportunity for redemption so it was important for me to attend. I suggest others do the same to support Ukrainian developers when they need us most.

The organizers were very kind to arrange a special session on the current state of Java EE with the Ukraine JUG the day before the conference. Ivar and I led the full house session. We talked about Java EE 7 adoption, the importance of Java EE to the ecosystem and the forward plans for Java EE 8 as well as Java EE 9 that Oracle shared at JavaOne 2016. We also talked about the key MicroProfile initiative that aims to bring a collaborative, vendor-neutral approach to microservices in the Java ecosystem. The heart of the talk covers the key features Java EE 8 will bring in 2017 such as HTTP/2, a complete security API overhaul, even stronger JSON support, support for HTML 5 Server-Sent Events (SSE), CDI 2, more reactive programming support, more pruning and Java SE 8 alignment. The current slides for the talk are here (click here if you can’t see the embedded slide deck):

I was also very honored to be part of the opening keynote panel of Java experts. Shortly after the keynote, Ivar did a detailed demo-driven talk on the MicroProfile. After lunch I ran a hands-on lab on JMS 2 titled “Down-and-Dirty with JMS 2”. The goal of the lab is to give attendees some first-hand experience with the primary changes in JMS 2. In the first hour or so I did a brief presentation overviewing JMS 2 and went over the JMS 2 Javadocs. The rest of the time attendees actually wrote JMS 2 code mostly by themselves. The slides I use are available on SlideShare (click here if you can’t see the embedded slide deck).

The lab materials are hosted on GitHub for anyone to use. The lab uses NetBeans, WildFly and Arquillian. I’ve deliberately designed the lab materials to be fairly self-guided so you can definitely use the lab materials on your own (or perhaps even run the lab in your own company/JUG) . You are always welcome to reach out to me when needed. In the lab you’ll basically be putting in code to finish a set of JUnit tests using JMS 2, starting from incomplete code with comments on what to do (don’t worry, a completed solution is also posted :-)).

I started the second day of the conference with my talk on Cargo Tracker/Java EE + DDD. This talk overviews DDD and describes how DDD maps elegantly to Java EE using code examples/demos from the Cargo Tracker Java EE Blue Prints project. Below is the slide deck for the talk (click here if you can’t see the embedded slides):

Concurrent to my talk, Sebastian delivered his brilliant talk titled ‘Java EE – the most lightweight enterprise framework?’. If you really still buy into deliberately spread anti-Java EE propaganda, the linked video will be a serious eye-opener that will make you think twice. After Sebastian’s talk, Ivar did a session covering the details of the Java EE Security 1.0 JSR targeted for Java EE 8.

I finished out the conference with my talk on HTTP/2 and Servlet 4 titled “HTTP/2 and What it Means for the Java EE Ecosystem”. The talk examines the very important changes in HTTP/2 and how these changes need to be adopted by various Java EE 8 APIs like Servlet 4 and JSF 2.3. The slide deck for the talk is posted on SlideShare (click here if you can’t see the embedded resource).

A screencast of the talk is available here. Please do feel free to adopt the material and deliver the talk yourself.

I have been to Ukraine before, but I always missed doing something very unique – visiting Chernobyl. This is because of the fact that you need to have an approved guide and prior official permission for the trip. Thanks to the conference organizers, this time I got to do just that. Do check out the absolutely haunting pictures I took (click on the photo below or here to view the entire album). Anyone that has a chance should visit Chernobyl at least once. It is a first-hand reminder of what our civilization’s tragic self-destructive leanings can lead to. It is also a reminder of how little we actually matter to the planet – a once bustling town is already well in the process of being completely reclaimed by nature in a mere few decades…

What impressed me the most on the Chernobyl trip is something I didn’t even know existed – the secret Duga-3 Soviet ICBM early-detection over-the-horizon radar (the so-called “Russian Woodpecker”). Because there was so little time and I did not have the correct climbing gear, I only went up about five flights of the towering radar. On my next trip to Ukraine I plan to take a day to climb to the very top to witness the stunning views myself – certainly before the amazing structure rusts into the oblivion of time.

All is all, this was a great and overdue trip to Kiev and Ukraine. I hope to visit again soon!

Published by Reza Rahman

Reza Rahman is Principal Program Manager for Java on Azure at Microsoft. He works to make sure Java developers are first class citizens at Microsoft and Microsoft is a first class citizen of the Java ecosystem. Reza has been an official Java technologist at Oracle. He is the author of the popular book EJB 3 in Action. Reza has long been a frequent speaker at Java User Groups and conferences worldwide including JavaOne and Devoxx. He has been the lead for the Java EE track at JavaOne as well as a JavaOne Rock Star Speaker award recipient. He was the program chair for the inaugural JakartaOne conference. Reza is an avid contributor to industry journals like JavaLobby/DZone and TheServerSide. He has been a member of the Java EE, EJB and JMS expert groups over the years. Reza implemented the EJB container for the Resin open source Java EE application server. He helps lead the Philadelphia Java User Group. Reza is a founding member of the Jakarta EE Ambassadors. Reza has over a decade of experience with technology leadership, enterprise architecture and consulting. He has been working with Java EE technology since its inception, developing on almost every major application platform ranging from Tomcat to JBoss, GlassFish, WebSphere and WebLogic. Reza has developed enterprise systems for well-known companies like eBay, Motorola, Comcast, Nokia, Prudential, Guardian Life, USAA, Independence Blue Cross, Anthem, CapitalOne and AAA using Java EE and Spring.

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