Simon Ritter | Devoxx

Devoxx Belgium 2018
from Monday 12 November to Friday 16 November 2018.

Simon Ritter is the Deputy CTO of Azul Systems.

Simon joined Sun Microsystems in 1996 and started working with Java technology from JDK 1.0; he has spent time working in both Java development and consultancy. Having moved to Oracle as part of the Sun acquisition, he managed the Java Evangelism team for the core Java platform, Java for client applications and embedded Java. Now at Azul, he continues to help people understand Java as well as Azul’s JVM technologies and products. Simon has twice been awarded Java Rockstar status at JavaOne and is a Java Champion. He currently represents Azul on the JCP Executive Committee and on the Java SE Expert Group (JSR 379, 383 and 384).

See also https://www.azul.com/blog/

Local Variable Type Inference: Threat or Menace

BOF


Local variable type inference was introduced as a new Java language feature in Java SE 10. Gone are the days of explicitly having to define the type of a variable; let the compiler do it for you with the magic of var.

At first sight, this looks like a small change that will eliminate unnecessary boiler-plate code and reduce how much typing (on the keyboard) is required to maintain strong typing (of the language). However, as with many features, there are some unexpected nuances as well as both good and bad use cases.

In this BoF, Stuart and Simon will take a series of examples of the use of var and discuss their technical merits. We’ll involve the audience to provide different perspectives on why developers would or would not use var in these ways.

Time will be made available for attendees to provide examples they may have encountered, enabling discussion of their merits.

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