Fueling innovative software
July 15-18, 2019
Portland, OR

An open future for Java in the cloud

Steve Poole (IBM)
2:30pm2:55pm Monday, July 15, 2019
Location: D135/136
Average rating: *****
(5.00, 2 ratings)



As technology advances in the cloud, so too do the ways it’s developed and delivered. All of this change makes the current environment around Java exciting as so much new technology and ideas are evolving, but it’s a scary time for Java developers too.

Steve Poole examines the open future and the current ecosystem of Java, as Java developers wonder what to learn next and what’s on the up or the down. Developers will have to wrestle with the implications of new communities replacing much of the old governance around Java, the consequences of having multiple vendors of OpenJDK, and the emergence and growth of a disparate set of views about what cloud native actually means.

The changing business landscape around Java support in the industry is shaking things up. Steve outlines some facts and figures of the current Java ecosystem and where it could be heading, giving you food for thought about whether or not the Java community will continue to rise to the challenge of keeping Java vital, healthy, and moving forward. . .or if there’s a darker future ahead.

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Steve Poole


Steve Poole is a lead engineer and DevOps practitioner with IBM, where he leads a large team of engineers on cutting-edge DevOps exploitation. He’s been working on IBM Java SDKs and JVMs since Java was less than one year old. He’s also had time to work on other things, including representing IBM on various JSRs and being a committer on various open source projects at Apache, Eclipse, OpenJDK, and beyond. He’s also member of the Adopt OpenJDK group, championing community involvement in OpenJDK. Steve is a seasoned speaker and regular presenter at JavaOne, JAX, Devoxx, and other conferences on technical and software engineering topics.