It’s exhausting staying up to date with the evolution of Java and the myriad other JVM languages. Is it worth it? What
do modern languages give us?
Many JVM languages promote “less boilerplate code” as one of their selling points. Even updates to Java in recent years
have removed unnecessary syntax. While this is clearly meant to be a Good Thing, many of us - particularly if we’ve been writing Java for a long time - think “so what?”. Our IDEs can generate code, and our brains get used to ignoring the stuff that doesn’t matter.
Is the removal of extraneous code from the syntax of a language necessary, or just a gimmick? How does it impact our
ability to write and read code?
In this talk, Trisha will explore common coding scenarios using Java and Kotlin. We’ll see what a language designed for
developer productivity looks like: what’s important for developers to write (and, more importantly, read) and what can
be removed. We’ll also see how Java has evolved to improve our productivity as producers and consumers of code, and why staying up to date with the features of a language like Java can ultimately make your life easier.