2019 Summary

It is time for my yearly summary of conferences and community activities. In addition to numerous local meetups and online events, I had the opportunity to speak at the following major developer conferences:

Jfokus, Stockholm
Devnexus, Atlanta
ConFoo, Montreal
JavaLand, Brühl
JEEConf, Kiev
QCon, São Paulo
DevTalks, Bucharest
Java Cloud Africa, Johannesburg
J4K, Orlando
Oracle CodeOne, San Francisco
EclipseCon Europe, Ludwigsburg
Trondheim Developer Day, Trondheim
Devoxx Ukraine, Kiev
Devoxx Belgium, Antwerp
Devoxx Morocco, Agadir
Java2Days, Sofia

The biggest change for me this year happened in October when I joined the Eclipse Foundation as the Jakarta EE Developer Advocate. This means that I am able to dedicate all my time to community building and contributions to open source.

My new role enable me to be even more present at conferences and events around the World, so I expect 2020 to be at least as busy. I already have conferences lined up for the first quarter and more in the planning.

With Jakarta EE 8 out the door in 2019, we are now in full planning for Jakarta EE 9. The biggest impact of this release will be the namespace change from javax.* to jakarta.*. We will also prune some not very widely used technologies in order to lighten the burden for new implementations of the platform. This work will probably continue in subsequent releases.

All in all 2019 was a great year for Jakarta EE and I expect 2020 to be even better!

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