Java Champions are developers who have made important contributions
to the Java community; JavaOne Rock Stars are developers who have given
highly rated sessions at JavaOne. Adam Bien is both – and one of the
most distinguished Java developers in the community. He is an Expert
Group member for the Java EE 6/7, EJB 3.X, JAX-RS and JPA 2.X JSRs and
is an architect and developer for Java SE and Java EE projects. He has
edited several books about JavaFX, J2EE, and Java EE, and is the author
of Real World Java EE Patterns—Rethinking Best Practices, and Real World Java EE Night Hacks.
Bien is a Top Java Ambassador 2012, and JavaOne 2009, 2011, 2012
Rock Star. If all this were not enough, he was, in 2010, named Oracle
Magazine’s Java Developer of the Year.
His 2013 sessions include:
CON2196: “Lean and Opinionated Java EE 7 Applications”
CON2229: “Architecting Enterprise JavaFX 8 Applications”
CON2230: “Unit Tests Don’t Break: Stress-Testing Java EE Applications”
CON2231: “Demystifying Java EE”
UGF10369: “Cool NetBeans Tips and Tricks for Java EE 7 Development”
Q: Tell us about your JavaOne sessions.
In “Cool NetBeans Tips and Tricks for Java EE 7 Development,” I will
introduce my favorite NetBeans features. I think I may surprise some
attendees with NetBean's productivity and effectiveness.
“Architecting Enterprise JavaFX 8 Applications,” I would like to
introduce a Model View Presenter Architecture with Dependency Injection
based on a "framework," only containing two classes.
I would also like to highlight the interaction with SceneBuilder, the
JavaFX WYSIWYG editor, without being too heavily dependent on it.
the session "Demystifying Java EE," I will discuss some recurring
misconceptions about the concepts and inner workings of Java EE. There
is no magic in Java EE – Java EE 7 is very effective, if you follow some
In “Lean and Opinionated Java EE 7 Applications,” I will
introduce opinionated approaches and best practices for the design and
implementation of Java EE 7 applications. I'm probably going to shock
some architects, but the developers should like this session.
“Unit Tests Don’t Break: Stress-Testing Java EE Applications,” I plan to
stress test a Java EE 7 application and monitor the results in real
time. Stress testing is incredibly important and sometimes not even a
part of the development cycle.
Q: In addition to your sessions, what do you have planned for JavaOne?
JavaOne is one of the few conferences where I attend other sessions --
from dawn to dusk. In recent years there was not always time to pick
lunch. At NetBeans/GlassFish days before JavaOne I will probably meet
some Java friends, while at the actual JavaOne I’ve never managed to do
that. The technical content is too good and there is not enough time
between the sessions.
Q: Tell us about what’s happening with Enterprise JavaFX 8 apps.
In the recent edition of airhacks.com I started with HTML 5, but most
of the attendees waited for Java FX 8 news. There are a lot of Swing
applications out there. Migration from Swing to JavaFX is one of the
FAQs. Also JavaFX is "just" Java. You can develop now from the User
Interface to the back end using the same language, tools, and
environments. You can use the same debugger, profiler or memory analyzer
for all of your application tiers and layers. JavaFX suits perfectly
enterprise application needs.
Q: What have you been working on lately?
I’ve helped my customers implement Java EE 7 and JavaFX applications.
Also, I ported lightfish.adam-bien.com to Java EE 7 and GlassFish v4 and
was even able to simplify the code. I also ported Apache FTP Mina to
Q: What are your expectations for Java EE 7? For Java SE 8?
I was already very happy with Java EE 6, so Java EE 7 can only exceed
my expectations. I'm using daily builds of JavaFX coming with JDK 1.8
for my "leisure" activities. Here I would expect more stability and even
Q: How do you assess the state of Java today?
Java is more interesting for building apps, than ever. And the interest
is huge. This year there is an increased tendency to sell out
workshops, sessions and conferences. Java 8 together with Java EE 7 and
JavaFX 8 will make it even more interesting.
Java has only one
problem: its age. We tend to forget how performant, scalable,
ubiquitous, and "cutting edge" the Java ecosystem actually is.
Q: What should Java developers understand about unit testing?
Don't overdo it. Statistics do not matter. Test complex stuff first --
and there is no difference between writing tests for Java SE and Java EE
Q: Tell us about ways NetBeans can be used for Java EE 7 development?
With NetBeans I'm still able to surprise seasoned developers with
productivity without any magic. As a contractor/freelancer I really
don't like to spend any time with IDE maintenance and setup. With
NetBeans I'm able to set up my full Java EE environment in about a
minute on Linux, Windows or Mac. Without any plugins, configurations or
restarts. For that reason, I'm using NetBeans daily builds without any
friction. What I like the most: NetBeans supports me with integrated
code completion, JavaDoc, hints and occasional helpers on demand (like,
e.g., creation of beans.xml or persistence.xml) without excessive code
generation or opaque wizards. You can achieve 80% with two shortcuts:
ctrl + space and alt + enter.
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