On Tuesday 8th May, we’re running an event focused on Java 9 and Java 10. We’ll review their features in three parts: improvements, additions, and advances; specifically, we’ll look at improvements and additions to the language that are not only exciting, but also useful for everyday programming. We’ll be using live coding to illustrate the concepts and their benefits.


We’re really pleased to be joined at the event by Dr. Venkat Subramaniam. Venkat is, amongst other accolades, an award-winning Author; Founder of Agile Developer, Inc.; Creator of agilelearner.com; and an instructional Professor at the University of Houston. He has trained and mentored thousands of Software Developers in the US, Canada, Europe, and Asia, and is regularly invited to speak at international conferences. Venkat’s overarching aim is to help his client’s software projects to succeed through the use of sustainable agile practices.

In preparation for the event we had a chat with Venkat and got his view on the session, the latest technologies and advice for aspiring programmers.

1. Why do you think this presentation is important for people?

A lot of the focus on Java 9 has been around Modules. That’s important, but there are a number of other interesting and useful aspects to Java 9 and 10 as well; learning about these can help us with the design and implementation of code in modern Java.

2. Who do you think should come along?

Bring along a friend, a colleague, a relative, a child – just about anyone who would benefit from meeting other Developers. If you’re a Programmer, Lead Developer or Architect on any projects that use Java, and you’re curious about the more recent features of the language, this presentation is for you.

3. What Java/JVM technologies are interesting you most at the moment?

Quite a few, but I’ll mention just one here. I’m really excited about where Reactive programming is heading.

4. Any advice for junior programmers entering the industry?

A professional who doesn’t learn to fail, fails to learn. Ask your colleagues to critique your work and improve based on the feedback they provide. Regularly attend user group events. It is never too early to get involved in the community.

Java 9 and Java 10: The Key Parts, is happening on 8th May, 18:00 – 21:00 . If you’d like to join us, please register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/java-9-and-java-10-the-key-parts-venkat-subramaniam-tickets-45376763120?aff=blog

Venkat is a (co)author of multiple technical books, including the 2007 Jolt Productivity award winning book ‘Practices of an Agile Developer’. You can find a list of his books at agiledeveloper.com. You can also reach him by email at venkats@agiledeveloper.com or on twitter at @venkat_s.