OAT-4417 Is boilerplate code really so bad? | Devoxx

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

   Is boilerplate code really so bad?


Programming languages
Programming languages
Intermediate level
Room 5 Thursday from 11:50 til 12:40

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'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 understanding new languages and staying up to date with the features of Java can ultimately make your life easier.

Java 10   Kotlin   readability   Code comparisons  
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Trisha Gee
Trisha Gee
From JetBrains

Trisha has developed Java applications for a range of industries, including finance, manufacturing, software and non-profit, for companies of all sizes. She has expertise in Java high performance systems, is passionate about enabling developer productivity, and dabbles with Open Source development. Trisha is a leader of the Sevilla Java User Group and a Java Champion, she believes healthy communities and sharing ideas help us to learn from mistakes and build on successes. As a Developer Advocate for JetBrains, she gets to share all the interesting things she’s constantly discovering.

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