Friday Jan 31, 2014

Awesome Blogs (Part 1):

I'm starting a new occasional series where I highlight awesome blogs around the webiverse.

And a great one, what a pleasure to kick the series off with this one, is the brand new by Brett Ryan, from Melbourne, Australia.

  • In Migrating to JDK 8 with NetBeans, his first blog entry, he shows how to set up and use NetBeans 8 to refactor applications to use JDK 8. It is well written, clear, has lots of screenshots, and is just a great read.

  • In The Power of the Arrow he shows 5 examples of code where he starts with a pre-Java 8 construct and then moves it step by step via NetBeans 8 to a new Java 8 lambdafied style, with all the intermediate steps included, and motivations why making the move makes sense.

And he says cool things about NetBeans 8, such as:

"I started doing these by hand and then slapped myself, NetBeans' hints can do all this for me. With NetBeans generally a hint will appear, you smile and accept it, possibly modify, then another hint might appear so you grin and accept that too; before you know it you've taken 5 or more lines down to 1."

I'm really looking forward to seeing what's next in Brett's blog!


Geertjan Wielenga (@geertjanw) is a Principal Product Manager in the Oracle Developer Tools group living & working in Amsterdam. He is a Java technology enthusiast, evangelist, trainer, speaker, and writer. He blogs here daily.

The focus of this blog is mostly on NetBeans (a development tool primarily for Java programmers), with an occasional reference to NetBeans, and sometimes diverging to topics relating to NetBeans. And then there are days when NetBeans is mentioned, just for a change.


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