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As the DevOps movement blossoms, many organizations have adopted the shift-left mantra as a way to improve software quality. While this works great for some organizations, it can also lead to DevOps developer burnout if management implements shift left in Java dev environments without the right tools or the proper foresight.

A shift left in Java can also slow development when DevOps developers spend more time troubleshooting problems, rather than using the move-fast-and-break-things method espoused by Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg.

“The more a company pushes left in the software development cycle, the longer the cycle time is — that’s the tradeoff,” said Anders Wallgren, CTO at Electric Cloud, a continuous delivery platform based in San Jose, Calif. “You’ve shifted too much work to the left when it inhibits the flow of fast feedback to DevOps developers about the code changes they are making.”

A good approach to avoid DevOps burnout is to look at what’s appropriate to shift left. Certain things should happen as early as possible, while other things are either too expensive in terms of system time, human capital or other resources.

Automate first, shift left later

A good place to start is to figure out how to automate testing. An organization needs to understand that its development teams should write tests that are appropriate for the functionality it creates, the bugs it fixes or the performance it tries to improve, Wallgren said. It’s the organization’s job — and specifically the developers themselves or the QA team — to find the right place to insert any particular kind of test in the software delivery and continuous integrationpipeline.

However, you need to make sure these tests are properly orchestrated and don’t create redundant testing. For example, development teams don’t want to have unit tests that masquerade as integration tests, because problems will arise if the tests take too long. The value of a unit test is highly proportional to how long it takes for the testing tools to run it.

“If the only value derived from an integration test is that it’s really a unit test, that’s a really expensive way to run a unit test and is disproportionate to the opportunistic value of testing in the first place,” Wallgren said.

If a developer has to fix a failing test or a bug that triggers a test to fail, it can quickly become an expensive and frustrating process. It can also take time away from other activities, like writing code, which typically provides way more value in the long run. A better practice is to constantly evaluate the software delivery pipeline to determine which tests go where — and why — and build as much automation around that process as possible.

Automation is a key factor on how to reduce a developer’s workload and provide them with more time to concentrate on what is important.

“There are only so many hours in a day, so any increase in developer responsibility needs to be matched with increased efficiency. Otherwise, their productivity will suffer,” said Al Sargent, vice president of product marketing at Applitools, a visual UI testing and monitoring service based in San Mateo, Calif.

Measure DevOps burnout

Good metrics can help identify when developers are overburdened and DevOps burnout is imminent. Wallgren noticed that when large engineering organizations have too much work, they tend to write fewer unit tests. The lack of unit testing in code check-ins should be a warning sign of developer burnout.

Another sign of a lack of staff skills or training is when engineers write complicated system or integration tests instead of unit tests.

“If you’re reviewing unit tests and you have test methods that are like two or three pages worth of code, that’s a telltale sign that somebody isn’t doing the right thing,” Wallgren said.

  1. get up to speed quickly;
  2. deploy their own code into production, but also ensure their deployments work without simply waiting for the app to break; and
  3. have a rollback strategy that works in minutes, rather than hours.

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Microsoft’s acquisition of Java performance analysis and monitoring firm jClarity helps optimize Azure for Java workloads, and further backs up Microsoft’s claims to bring all kinds of workloads to its cloud platform.

The move, for an undisclosed sum, gives Microsoft instant Java credibility. The Java Virtual Machine (JVM) experts at jClarity are also the primary force behind AdoptOpenJDK, a free vendor-neutral distribution of OpenJDK which Microsoft has supported for more than a year. OpenJDK is a free, open source implementation of the Java Platform, Standard Edition.

“Clearly, Microsoft is investing in convincing its customers that they can safely bring their Java workloads to Azure, and the experts at jClarity will certainly be able to help there,” said Mike Milinkovich, executive director of the Eclipse Foundation in Ottawa, Canada. “I am looking forward to seeing Microsoft engage with the Java community at places like AdoptOpenJDK, Jakarta EE and OpenJDK.”

jClarity employs machine learning techniques to tune Java systems performance, which will help increase performance for Java workloads on Azure, said John Montgomery, Microsoft’s corporate vice president of program management for developer tools and services. Over the last few years, Microsoft has increased its Java usage with large-scale deployments such as Azure HDInsight and Minecraft, and customers such as Adobe, Daimler and Société Générale have brought their Java production workloads to Azure, he said.

jClarity will work with Microsoft Azure engineers to make Azure perform better for Microsoft’s Java customers, developers and end users, said Martijn Verburg, co-founder and CEO of jClarity. Verburg is now principal engineering group manager for Java at Microsoft.

Microsoft has a strong Azure offering for Java and Spring developers, but most people in those communities are not aware of it, at least in Europe, said Julien Dubois, a Paris-based Azure developer advocate at Microsoft. His primary goal is to connect those developers with Microsoft’s product team in a bidirectional communication, he added.

Moreover, working with the open source community is not at all new to Microsoft, as more than half of the compute workloads that run on Azure are Linux-based, Montgomery said.

For Java credibility, Microsoft again taps ecosystem

Microsoft’s jClarity addition is a smart move, said Rod Johnson, CEO of Atomist and creator of the popular Java-based Spring Framework.

“Microsoft is executing well with GitHub, so this is definitely the kind of direction that I would see them going,” he said. “It’s really pretty interesting that Microsoft is going so deep into the Java ecosystem. They’re certainly not the old Microsoft anymore.”

Microsoft now represents a viable alternative to Oracle, and others such as Red Hat, Amazon and Azul, for developers who want an OpenJDK implementation.

“If you want to provide support of OpenJDK, it helps to have folks that know how to do it and have the requisite expertise to do so,” said Jeffrey Hammond, an analyst at Forrester Research. “If anything, I’d expect an increase in support for AdoptOpenJDK from the Java engineering team at Microsoft.”

Microsoft’s Java history swings full circle

Microsoft has a long history with Java. The company developed its own JVM in 1996, not long after Sun Microsystems introduced the Java language and platform in 1995. Microsoft also released Java development tools including Visual J++ and J#. However, after litigation battles with Sun and the federal government, Microsoft discontinued its JVM and Java tools. In 2000, Microsoft introduced C#, a Java-like language that became the company’s flagship development language.

“This acquisition is a proof point that Microsoft is not only for C#,” said Holger Mueller, an analyst at Constellation Research in San Francisco. “Enterprises have large Java investments and want to keep running them. jClarity gives CXOs with Java the confidence that Microsoft is serious on Java workloads and will invest in better JDK support.”

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A brand new software school is set to open in Whangarei, initially offering web development and design program. The school will be the first of its kind in the region and spaces are limited as the newly minted Private Training Establishment seeks to address both a skills shortage in the tech sector and a gap in technology education in Northland. At present, the nearest school offering comparable digital skills development is in Auckland.

Developers Institute is working with industry leaders to create job placement opportunities for graduates. Courses will be taught by industry professionals and will focus on areas of the highest employment demand, such as software development, UX and UI design and product management.

Director of the school, Ruth Green-Cole says the curriculum is agile and can move with industry requirements.

“The emphasis of the program is to help students to become software development professionals. Working in software is a commitment to lifelong learning as the industry evolves, and our goal is for students to learn how to learn, so they keep abreast of international technology developments and remain highly valuable for the rest of their career.”

According to the 2018 Technology Investment Network 200 Report, tech is third in NZ’s export stakes, behind dairy and tourism, and tech workers are in high demand. Wages in computer system design firms are usually double the New Zealand average, at $99,744 per annum against $52,950. Certain jobs in this sector can be conducted remotely, enabling employees to live in Northland but work almost anywhere in the world. Global demand for skilled workers outstrips supply.

NZTech CEO Graeme Muller says growth in the tech industry is gaining momentum, as NZ technology firms see growing success overseas.

“We are seeing growth in exporting and increasing demand for people with great digital skills. The NZ tech sector continues to grow at a rapid pace creating new jobs faster than any other part of the economy. All parts of the tech sector are growing, from software as a service, hi-tech manufacturing, agritech, health tech to fintech. ” says Muller.

Green-Cole confirms that Northland is experiencing the same high demand for qualified people. “Our industry partners tell us that the availability of skilled staff is crucial to business growth in Northland, as it is worldwide. We have inquiries from employers now for graduates who have not yet enrolled” says Green-Cole.

Acting CEO of Northland Inc, Vaughan Cooper, has welcomed the school as a significant piece of Northland’s growing tech economy. “Dreams really can become reality – when we first engaged with Hawaiki Cable (an International Fibre Cable Company) we had a dream that the region could develop a Digital / Tech sector. Why? Because it’s a sector that is growing really fast and pays really well. It’s fantastic to see Developers Institute realise their dream and open this software school. Congratulations to Ruth and George. You are an inspiration and thank you for putting a really significant piece of Northland’s tech sector puzzle in place.”

Initially, the school will target students who are ‘career changers’, those with life experience who wish to retrain into the tech sector. School leavers with the right attitude for learning will also be considered for a place at the school. Developers Institute is currently taking expressions of interest to join a waiting list. Once the applicants have been interviewed, successful candidates will be invited to attend the inaugural class.

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Half a year after launching its managed PostgreSQL service, upstart hosting and cloud services platform DigitalOcean today announced the launch of its managed MySQL and Redis database offerings.

Like most of the company’s latest releases, this move exemplifies DigitalOcean’s  ambition to move beyond its discount hosting roots to become a more fully fledged cloud provider. Besides the database service and its core hosting products and infrastructure, the company now offers object and block storage and a Kubernetes engine, which itself can be used to run virtually any modern piece of cloud infrastructure. It’s unlikely to catch up with the hyperclouds anytime soon, but it’s good to have a competitor in the market.

“With the additions of MySQL  and Redis, DigitalOcean now supports three of the most requested database offerings, making it easier for developers to build and run applications, rather than spending time on complex management,” said Shiven Ramji, DigitalOcean’s senior VP of Product. “The developer is not just the DNA of DigitalOcean, but the reason for much of the company’s success. We must continue to build on this success and support developers with the services they need most on their journey towards simple app development.”

Pricing for the managed database services remains the same, no matter which engine you choose.

The new database services are now available in the company’s New York, Frankfurt and San Francisco data centers. Support for other database engines is also in the works. As the company notes, it selected MySQL and Redis because of popular demand from its developer community, and it will do so for other engines as well. MySQL and Redis were the only services on DigitalOcean’s roadmap for 2019, though, so I don’t expect we’ll see any additional releases before the end of the year.

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Website development is a crucial part of technological development. Websites give individuals and corporates a presence on the internet. The sites also act as platforms where different stakeholders can interact, exchanging products as well as ideas. With more people and companies moving to online spaces, it is no wonder that website development is growing in demand. Website development can be a tedious process, involving a lot of time as well as manpower. It is a process that often includes a lot of hurdles that need to be overcome in order for the website to work seamlessly. The coding process also has multiple areas that need to be taken care of before the website is up and running.

To make the website development easier, many programmers are now turning to PHP frameworks that make the process more efficient. These frameworks are designed to perform certain tasks during the coding process, thereby reducing the amount of work a programmer needs to put into the coding process. Even better, they come with in-built automated tasks to reduce on the number of codes that need to be developed when creating a website. Laravel development is an example of such a framework. It is increasingly being chosen over PHP frameworks for the following reasons.

User authentication

First, Laravel enables coders to input authentication features for websites and applications. Authentication plays a key role in securing personal information and company data found online. Laravel developer frameworks offer several authentication methods, allowing a programmer to choose one that fits that specific website perfectly. Examples include a feature that allows websites to ask users to re-enter their passwords again when trying to log in. For other sides, Laravel enables the website to send messages to their users, whenever the person’s details are used to sign in.

Mail communication services

Many online platforms are created to form spaces for interaction between different stakeholders. An example is online shopping websites where customers can shop and buy goods online. Many service providers also consider customer care integral to their businesses, and need a website that allows their customers to send them messages easily. These business owners can hire Laravel developer teams to help with this. Laravel has multiple mail services built for this exact purpose. The services make it possible for the website owner to receive messages as soon as they are sent by a client. This way, they can respond to the inquires immediately. Prompt and effective communication is at the heart of a great customer experience. This should not change just because a business decides to offer their services online.

Fast applications

Laravel also features multiple functions that are meant to make applications run faster. A slow application can often translate to poor customer experience, which in turn leads to reduced profits. This can prove very detrimental to business, beating the purpose of an online site in the fast place. Laravel frameworks are able to get rid of bugs that slow down applications. They also reduce website crashes, giving the site more stability even when it is receiving a lot of traffic.

Technical issues

The best Laravel developer clients also love the framework for being able to fix technical vulnerabilities within a website, during development. Such vulnerabilities include susceptibility to attacks by viruses. Viruses can slow a website down, lead to loss of information, as well access to confidential data by unwanted third parties. Laravel prevents this well in advance, allowing website owners to work safely.

Web errors

Configuration errors are bound to come up every so often when a user is interacting with the website. A good example is when they key in any incorrect information, meaning that a step by step process will not work as it is meant to. Such errors are very easy to correct because the client can easily be redirected and asked to provide the right details. This would only work on a website with the right configuration error set-up. A senior PHP Laravel developer would use the framework to create a redirection system for customers. In such an arrangement, a guide would pop up after a configuration error, prompting the customer to correct the problem. Without such an arrangement, customers will be at a loss on what to do when the error pops up.

Tests

There is also a need to hire teams for the purpose of testing if a website runs properly before it is launched. Laravel has automated testing features that are used during the programming process. They are aimed at fixing any errors and bugs before they begin to cause actual problems on the website. Without Laravel frameworks, the programmer would need to evaluate the entire code to make sure it is free of errors. Even then, there would be no guarantee that all the problems will have been fixed. Additionally, conducting a test run would be the only way to find out if the code actually works, and can sustain the website

Traffic control

Online consumer traffic is always fluctuating, but many business owners tend to experience an influx of customers at around the same period. Messages from the same customers will also be sent at around the same time, thereby increasing the chances of too much data being processed on the website at once. Laravel allows for controlled traffic flow, meaning that the data is processed in batches to reduce congestion. It also has important features such as mail scheduling, to be used when the business owner cannot respond to inquiries immediately they are sent.

Conclusion

All the above features can be created using codes, during the actual website development process. However, this usually involved a lot of hard work. In addition, the website developers might need to partner with other companies to get additional features for their sites. Laravel acts as a one-stop for all these solutions. The framework provides simple fixes that go a long way in making a website more efficient.In addition to making the coding process easy, it streamlines all the requisite procedures, making coding much less messy and consolidated.

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Although Java has been a mainstay of Android development for many years, Google has recently thrown its weight behind Kotlin, naming it a “first class” language for Android development. And given how well Kotlin leverages Java libraries and integrates with Java frameworks, it’s not that difficult (in theory) for even longtime Java developers to jump to the newer language.

With all that in mind, we posted a quiz on Dice’s Facebook page about using Java or Kotlin for Android development. The response was overwhelming: 85 percent of respondents preferred Java, while the rest went for Kotlin.

Granted, a Facebook quiz isn’t the most scientifically accurate survey available to humankind, but if we take the data as even somewhat accurate, it’s clear that Kotlin is a long way from eclipsing Java entirely, despite the buzz around it.

For those who haven’t really explored Kotlin yet, it’s worth keeping an eye on. According to a recent survey by JetBrains (which created the language in 2011), some 62 percent of developers say they use it to build mobile apps; web backend projects came in a distant second, with 41 percent, followed by libraries with 29 percent and tooling with 22 percent. (Only 9 percent of respondents used the language for desktop apps, and 7 percent leveraged it for building for the Internet of Things.)

Although the language is versatile enough for other uses, it’s primarily utilized as a way to build Android apps. In that same survey, some 66 percent of developers told JetBrains that they target Android, versus 57 percent who said they target Java Virtual Machine (or JVM, a virtual machine that allows PCs to run Java programs in addition to programs created in other languages and compiled to Java bytecode).

If you do build with Android, there’s a high likelihood that the momentum behind Kotlin will only increase in coming years, making it important that you at least familiarize yourself with the language. In the meantime, Java remains an immensely popular language, as well. You can’t lose to know either… or both!

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Jelastic, the Java-focused cloud hosting platform provider, today announced new support for several Java runtimes, ncluding AdoptOpenJDK, Liberica, Zulu, Corretto, OpenJ9 and GraalVM.

Jelastic built the runtimes as certified and secure container-based images with pre-configured automatic vertical scaling, explained Tetiana Fydorenchyk, Jelastic’s VP of marketing, in a blog post. The company made them available across all existing production platform installations, and Jelastic PaaS users are now able to choose the type and version of the OpenJDK distribution while creating the environment or easily change it by redeploying containers afterward.

The Palo Alto, Calif.-based Jelastic (short for Java Elastic), which was founded in 2010 by Hivetext, a Zhytomyr, Ukraine-based start-up focused on Java application development in the cloud, bills itself as the only cloud company whose underlying platform is Java. Originally a Java-based Platform-as-a-Service provider, the company has been evolving a Platform-as-Infrastructure strategy that combines PaaS with Infrastructure-as-a-Service. Jelastic’s unlimited PaaS and container-based IaaS platform is designed to allow developers to deploy Java, PHP, Ruby, Node.js, Python, and .NET enterprise apps for private, public or hybrid cloud.

Although its platform is now multilingual, the company maintains “a major focus on Java,” the company has said.

“We love organizations like Jelastic, who, like us, were created out of a community need by developers for developers,” said Martijn Verburg, director at AdoptOpenJDK, CEO of jClarity, co-organizer of the London JUG, and a member of the Java Community Process (JCP) Executive Committee, in a statement. “With well over 50 Million downloads, AdoptOpenJDK has become the defacto hub for the community to collaborate on, and we’re very happy to be added as a choice to the awesome Java hosting company PaaS that is Jelastic!”

AdoptOpenJDK uses infrastructure, build, and test scripts to produce prebuilt binaries from OpenJDK class libraries and a choice of either the OpenJDK HotSpot or Eclipse OpenJ9 VM. It’s a free and open source implementation supported by a range of companies, from IBM and Microsoft to GoDaddy and Pivotal.

Azul Systems’ Zulu implementation of the Java Standard Edition (SE) specification that contains all the Java components needed to build and run Java SE apps. Azul’s CTO Gil Tene, said his company was happy to see “a wide set of OpenJDK variants added to the Jelastic PaaS that provides customers with elasticity in both scale and runtime choice.”

Amazon Corretto is a no-cost, multiplatform, production-ready distribution of the Open Java Development Kit (OpenJDK) certified as compatible with the Java SE standard. It comes with long-term support that includes performance enhancements and security fixes, and it allows developers it build and run Java applications on operating systems such as Amazon Linux 2, Windows, and macOS. Amazon uses it internally.

Eclipse OpenJ9 is an open source JVM optimized for small footprint, fast startup, and high throughput. It can be built as a component of OpenJDK v8 and later, and prebuilt binaries available at the AdoptOpenJDK project for Linux and Windows. Unsurprisingly, Dan Heidinga, Eclipse OpenJ9 project lead, was pleased to hear about the support. “Jelastic user focus comes across loud and clear in the broad choice of OpenJDK variants they provide on their PaaS,” he said in a statement.

Liberica is a certified, Java SE 12-compliant distribution of OpenJDK 12. It’s a 100 percent open source Java implementation built from OpenJDK by BellSoft.

The GraalVM is an extension of the JVM designed to run applications written in a range of languages, including JavaScript, Python, Ruby, and R; JVM-based languages, such as Java, Scala, and Kotlin; and LLVM-based languages, such as C and C++. Graal is the Java-based JIT compiler (JEP 317) that is the basis of the experimental AOT compiler introduced in JDK 9.

“We are glad to see Jelastic join the growing number of cloud services and open source projects that are adopting GraalVM,” said Eric Sedlar, VP and technical director at Oracle Labs. “GraalVM provides zero overhead interoperability between programming languages allowing developers to write polyglot applications and select the best language for your task.”

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When a business takes the time to meet with an app development company, a number of questions are going to come up. An app development company can answer queries about the app that is being developed and they can offer further background on various platforms. WordPress is now one of the most common platforms that is used in web development.

As a result, there are several businesses that find themselves considering the ins and outs of WordPress before meeting with an app development company. While there are some who will still have a high level of skepticism when it comes to WordPress web development, the following guide is here to provide further insight.

The time has come for us to take a closer look at all of the ways that WordPress can assist a business with their web development. By taking the time to learn more, a business owner can place themselves in a more advantageous position and get more out of their relationship with an app development company in the process.

1. No Downtime

Unexpected downtime is the enemy of any successful website or app. This is one of the first lessons that an app development company is going to impart. That’s why businesses need to make sure that they are choosing a platform that is not going to have such issues. When a site has little to no downtime, the business is not going to have any problems when it comes to attracting customers.

A user that visits a site and experiences regular outages is never going to pay that business any mind going forward. In fact, they may even advise their friends and loved ones against utilizing the business’ goods and services in the future. Sites must remain operational so that all information is available around the clock.

2. Top Notch Security

WordPress web development comes with several myths that are still being perpetrated by those who do not know better. One of the most prevalent myths is focused on the supposed lack of security. However, those who use WordPress are given the chance to enjoy an optimal level of security and there is no replacement for this sort of peace of mind.

Website owners are never going to be left to their own devices. The infrastructure that is provided ensures a business’ ability to remain on top of things. Hosting providers that are optimized by WordPress offer the sort of advanced support that can make the difference during a time of uncertainty.

3. Features That Are Easy To Customize

Thanks to WordPress, no business is left holding the bag, forced to use a site that does not actually align with their specific needs. This is a common problem that keeps many business owners from utilizing the proper platforms. They allow themselves to believe that they are not going to have access to the features that are best aligned with their chosen objectives.

Those who meet with an app development company before deciding on a platform are able to learn more about the plethora of features that WordPress has to offer. A site has never been easier to customize. Even those who are looking to stick to the tightest budget possible are still able to select the best features for their specific needs.

4. Ability To Scale Upwards

WordPress hosting offers businesses the sort of scalability that few other platforms can match. Businesses of all sizes benefit from WordPress because of their attention to detail. For starters, the platform offers plans that allows their users to scale their traffic. This keeps sites from potentially crashing and burning once their servers start to receive a higher volume of traffic than before.

This is a welcome change of pace from the sites that are more prone to crashing once the business starts to level up. Don’t make the mistake of trusting the wrong platform and experiencing an untimely crash. By choosing WordPress, a business is ensuring their ability to keep up with their website, even as it grows more popular.

5. Added Levels of Speed

The modern browser is simply not going to tolerate a website that has slow load times and doesn’t provide the appropriate level of speed once the page has loaded. A consumer is looking for a website that support them in every possible way. If the site is not able to stand up to their requirements from a speed standpoint, they are far more likely to head elsewhere.

A site that doesn’t respond quickly is a site that is going to be forgotten. Slow loading times also have a profound effect on search engine optimization. If a site is found to have slow loading times, Google search engine rankings suffer as a result. A low ranking will cause businesses of all sizes to suffer over the long haul.

With the help of WordPress and an app development company, a business is able to achieve all of their most important goals and objectives. By taking the time to learn everything that there is to know about this platform, a company sidesteps the typical pitfalls and ensures a more stress free existence for themselves.

In a world where more and more top tier businesses are using WordPress, it behooves forward thinking companies to get on board as soon as possible.

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If you want to learn an in-demand programming language then Java has been a safe bet for many years.

As an enterprise mainstay and web fixture, Java is likely to remain popular among employers for a long time to come.

Though Java may have taken a hit on the mobile recently, with Google announcing it will prioritize Kotlin over Java when making tools and guides for Android developers, Java is still widely used for Android development.

It’s perhaps no surprise then, that Java is still ranked as the most popular programming language by the TIOBE index and as one of the programming languages most sought after by employers.

The pace of change in Java has also never been faster, with new releases of the language now being pushed out every six monthsand plenty of interesting changes in the pipeline, which will tackle everything from improving how the language handles concurrency to optimizing regularly called code.

There are plenty of free guides out there for learning Java, but if you’re looking for a place to start you could do a lot worse than GitHub, which has an array of tutorials, primers, and code examples.

Here are the 10 highest-ranked, English-language repositories on GitHub designed to help those learning Java.

1. Java design patterns

Design patterns offer a template for how to structure code for common software development tasks, based on years of best practice.

This repo provides diagrams illustrating how to implement a wide range of software design patterns in Java, with patterns classified as beginner, intermediate and expert difficulty.

Note, the author recommends reading up on software design principles such as KISS (Keep It Simple, Stupid) and YAGNI (You Ain’t Going to Need It) before delving into the design patterns.

2. Interview guide

Badged as “everything you need to know to get the job”, this overview of common technical topics has racked up more than 36,000 GitHub stars.

The repo offers a mix of text and diagrams explaining typical data structures, algorithms and more, as well as linking to useful books and tutorial videos. Even though it’s tagged as Java-related, the explanations would be useful to anyone learning about computer science.

3. The algorithms

Implementations of common sort, merge and other algorithms in Java, alongside one paragraph explanations, diagrams and demonstrations of the algorithms in action.

4. Android clean architecture

For those looking for guidance on using Java to build Android apps, this offers a sample application built using the clean code approach espoused by well-respected programming guru Robert C. Martin, better known as ‘Uncle Bob’. 

The repo links to an accompanying walkthrough explaining the approach taken in more detail and a video showing the application in action.

5. A guide to Java 8

Java 8 may no longer be the most modern version of the language, but with so many developers and organizations still using it, this guide to the essentials should be useful.

6. Better Java

This opinionated list sets out the libraries, practices, and tools that the author perceives as most useful.

7. Android tips and tricks

A cheat sheet of advice for developers using Java to build Android apps, drawing on years of shared experience.

8. Awesome test automation

For those interested in test automation, this list rounds-up frameworks, tools, libraries and software that will come in handy.

9. Algorithms and data structures

An overview of how common algorithms and data structures are implemented in Java, alongside examples of how to answer interview questions.

10. Leetcode answers

Leetcode offers a platform for developers to hone their skills and to prepare for coding tests in interviews. This extensive list gathers up accepted answers to many different Leetcode challenges using Java.

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Synopsys (NASDAQ: SNPS; Mountain View, CA) signed a definitive agreement to acquire QTronic (Stuttgart, Germany), a provider of simulation software, test tools, and services for automotive systems development. Synopsys says the acquisition will broaden its product portfolio of automotive solutions serving the needs of automotive Tier 1 and OEM companies and add a team of highly experienced engineers to accelerate technology development and customer deployment.

The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions, including certain foreign regulatory filings, and is expected to close in Synopsys’ fourth quarter of fiscal year 2019. The terms of the deal, which is not material to Synopsys financials, are not being disclosed.

The rapid growth of vehicle software, combined with the complex interaction of hardware, software, and physical components, creates an enormous challenge for automobile manufacturers and their suppliers developing future powertrain, electric vehicle, advanced driver assistance and autonomous driving systems. To address these challenges, automotive companies are deploying virtual development and test environments enabling software development to start earlier and accelerate continuous integration and test for over the air updates. QTronic simulation and test tools will accelerate Synopsys delivery of a comprehensive automotive virtual prototyping solution for system and software development throughout the automotive electronic supply chain.

“From semiconductors to OEMs, automotive companies are looking to accelerate the development, verification and test of increasingly complex and software rich automotive electronic systems,” said Manoj Gandhi, general manager of the Synopsys Verification Group. “With the acquisition of QTronic, we are strengthening our position as the leader in virtual prototyping solutions and will continue to deliver powerful virtual development and test solutions that enable automotive companies to develop vehicle software earlier, faster, and better.”

Synopsys calls itself the Silicon to Software [trademarked] partner for innovative companies developing the electronic products and software applications we rely on every day. As the world’s 15th largest software company, Synopsys has a long history in electronic design automation (EDA) and semiconductor IP and says it is also growing its leadership in software security and quality solutions.

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