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    Question What research Java developers like to read about?

    Hello All,

    I am working for a recruitment company which aims on Java developers and Java jobs. Now I first would like you all to know that I am not here to promote our company, but to get more knowledge about the world of Java devopers.

    We recently decited to start doing some research about Java related topics in order to create some interesting publications for our blogs. Since I believe that subjects that are covered many times already are not that relevant to do so some research about, I would like to ask people here what kind of topics they would like to read about (related to your profession ofcourse).

    Any help is much Apreciated!

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    Default Re: What research Java developers like to read about?

    Forgive my bluntness:

    None - people who actually know their stuff about Java, often the people who build the technology, already documented it front to back multiple times over. There is the online Java magazine provided by Oracle, the different Java User Groups per country (JUGs), the developer blogs of the development teams, the multitude of blogs produced by expert Java programmers and different technology sites which also report again what has already been reported multiple times over. And all that is already written long before the actual technology gets its first full release.

    So no need to add yet another blog to the jitter that is the Internet nowadays, especially not one that will be the result of research and not actually knowing because you worked with it. But that's my opinion.
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    Default Re: What research Java developers like to read about?

    Gimbal is spot on. Besides, Ardekay is a Dutch recruitment company. How are you interested in writing blogs for Java professionals?

    If you want to start with one, write an article about how Wildfly 8 (and Glassfish 4 too for that matter) suck massive monkeyballs when you simply want to make remote calls to EJB's with a Swing client. It was easy in JBoss 4.2.2GA, but since then they broke it. Everybody is drooling all over what-have-you-webframeworks where a simple @EJB will work. But when working outside of the EJB container you're fucked.

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    Default Re: What research Java developers like to read about?

    uh, it works just fine if you use the proper standardized EJB names (since JEE6, so you are already having issues with JBoss 7 and Glassfish 3) :) But remote EJB have long been not such a good idea since you can also use cross-platform webservices and not have a pile of container specific dependency problems.
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    Default Re: What research Java developers like to read about?

    Let's just hijack this thread as inspiration for the OP to write an article about....

    So you are telling me that you write code like this and it works just like that? On JBoss 7, Wildfly 8,Glassfish 3 and Glassfish 4? Dafuk, did I miss a tutorial somewhere?
    Java Code:
    public class SomeClassOnAJVMFarFarAway {
       public static void main (String[] args) {
          InitialContext ctx = new InitialContext();
          HelloWorld hw = (HelloWorld) ctx.lookup("java:global/myapp/ejb/HelloWorldEJB!com.acme.HelloWorldRemote");
          System.out.println( hw.getMessage() );
       }
    }
    Note, the appserver runs in one VM, the remote client in another. Think sort-of-old-school client/server. We're sending out serialized objects to/from the client over the network. The client does most of the work, the server orchestrates simultaneous access and DB comms. I am aware that serialized objects are indeed old-school, and could be replaced with JSON like encoded stuff from a webservice, but this is a massive financial app. It's not a simple find/replace situation...

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    Default Re: What research Java developers like to read about?

    No, because you need container specific libraries to be able to do it so you have a huge problem in the deployment part of the client. But code-wise: yep, I've done it on both JBoss 7 and Glassfish 3. Can't comment on Glassfish 4 or Wildfly to be honest.

    But since then I've become wise and I use only webservices and JMS for inter-application communication, depending on if it is only internal or also external. And that's about as much as I want to say about that in this thread because I don't really like to derail serious threads.
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    Default Re: What research Java developers like to read about?

    Quote Originally Posted by gimbal2 View Post
    No, because you need container specific libraries to be able to do it so you have a huge problem in the deployment part of the client. But code-wise: yep, I've done it on both JBoss 7 and Glassfish 3. Can't comment on Glassfish 4 or Wildfly to be honest.
    The client application is bundled with the vendor specific libs. That's alright, since we are in control over which AS is run. The server is a packaged deal. You're not going to get an ear to deploy. You install the server component which, in our case, includes JBoss 4.2.2, so nobody is going to suddenly run the app on WebLogic or any other AS. That's how it was rolled 12 years ago. It's not that it can't change, but there is a subtle difference between tweaking EJB names, libraries etc and a complete rewrite...

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    Default Re: What research Java developers like to read about?

    Not to hijack a hijacked thread, but to answer the OP again: Java developers are like any other group, in that we're all individuals with wildly different tastes in what we read. It's a bit like asking "what blog should I write to attract people with red hair?"

    That being said, the answer might be to talk about diverse topics: a little bit of enterprise stuff, maybe some JavaFX or Java 8, maybe some game development, etc. It's also going to depend entirely on what your company's focus is. If all you do is enterprise stuff, maybe talking about application development is pointless. Up to you.
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    Default Re: What research Java developers like to read about?

    Quote Originally Posted by KevinWorkman View Post
    we're all individuals
    I'm not; I'm the same ...

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    Default Re: What research Java developers like to read about?

    Quote Originally Posted by JosAH View Post
    I'm not; I'm the same ...
    I'm different! Just like everybody else!
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    Quote Originally Posted by KevinWorkman View Post
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    Default Re: What research Java developers like to read about?

    Quote Originally Posted by SurfMan View Post
    Gimbal is spot on. Besides, Ardekay is a Dutch recruitment company. How are you interested in writing blogs for Java professionals?
    Well, since recruiting Java developers is such a big part of the focus of Ardekay, I want to get to know a bit more about the general interests of these developers. If we can reach them by creating relevant content for them, it could be a great way of letting them know about our existence

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    Default Re: What research Java developers like to read about?

    Quote Originally Posted by KevinWorkman View Post
    Not to hijack a hijacked thread, but to answer the OP again: Java developers are like any other group, in that we're all individuals with wildly different tastes in what we read. It's a bit like asking "what blog should I write to attract people with red hair?"

    That being said, the answer might be to talk about diverse topics: a little bit of enterprise stuff, maybe some JavaFX or Java 8, maybe some game development, etc. It's also going to depend entirely on what your company's focus is. If all you do is enterprise stuff, maybe talking about application development is pointless. Up to you.
    Thanks for sharing your point of view.. Basically our focus is finding the right developers for particular projects. So we want Java developers to see the career possibilities we provide at our website...

    I think the most important thing will be to stay out of 'technical and specific topics related to Java' (Like Gimbal2 stated). But I am sure there are topics to cover which are just slightly related to the profession of a developer but are an interesting/inspirational read for (some of) them.

    Thanks for the responses so far!

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