Orbis Connect, Technology, JVM...
Queues at the door, beer taps flowing, enormous pizzas at the ready; it could only be the start to JVM Wars.
Orbis Connect introduced their new JVM themed meetup series this week. We had a game show format in mind with lightning talks followed by an open floor debate. Funnily enough the event resulted in a 'Question Time' style format. It was great to form a hub of variable developers with differing interests and passions for JVM, all in one room.
Once the second round of pizzas had vanished, we sat down to watch four talks around Java, Scala, Kotlin and Clojure - defining the key differences and attributes between the languages.
'Who here started functional programming through scala?
Well, let me introduce you to Clojure, it's simple.'
Within the panel, Juliano Alves joined us from TransferWise to represent Clojure. Through an engaging presentation, Juliano discussed the simplicity of Clojure, expressing what matters and the purpose in architecture.
On the other side of the panel, Omar Bashire joined us from IHS Markit. Omar gave us a detailed description of Java, the solid routes it has in the industry and contending challenges the language faces today.
The night progressed into an open floor debate revolving around preferences in newer cleaner languages and the frameworks available to Scala, Clojure and Kotlin. There wasn't an obvious winner and the question around THE best language still remains.
To conclude - Actually, the only thing we did conclude was that noone likes the spring framework.
(#insidejoke for our attendees)
Thank you again to everyone who came along and our fabulous speakers. If you missed out this time, join us in the new year for the next one.
Aaron Shakeshaft - ORBIS
Omar Bashire - IHS Markit
Tom Reay - Flux
Juliano Alves - TransferWise
Ben Parker - needsTyping