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Podcast 16: Java Versions again

Matt and Richard talk again about the mess that is Java versions, plus a bit about what we're working on and what's coming next at Virtual Pair Programmers


Podcast 15: Spark Core, Spark SQL and Spark ML

Richard came into the office this morning in a real mood, had a rant, and so we decided to do a podcast today! It's all about Apache Spark this time.


Podcast 14: Java 11 is here

It's been a while but the latest podcast is now here... just after the official releaes of Java 11. Find out whether Java 11 is worth paying for, and whether you should be rushing to upgrade. We'll also mention what we're working on (SparkSQL and Spark Machine Learning)...


Podcast 13: Java news roundup

Java news - will Oracle sue us for using the Java name? Java 10 is live with a big new feature (local variable type inference) and JavaEE is now JakartaEE. Plus some talk about upcoming courses - Kotlin Programming and Kubernetes. Should VirtualPairProgrammers do more front end work, particularly JavaScript frameworks like Angular (A: yes) Here's the link to the survey we discuss: The State of Java in 2018


Podcast 12 : Java vs Scala

Matt’s alone in the studio today – Richard is busy working on updating our courses, so Matt took the opportunity to interview Jon Humble, principle engineer at Sky Betting and Gaming. Find out about the technology stack Jon uses to support systems dealing with huge volumes of data and how they decide whether to use Scala or Java for different jobs.


Podcast 11 : Talking about the Java Stack Job Market

Our special guest for this podcast is Matt Wood from IT recruitment firm Matt and FruitionIT run "The JVM Thing", a community of Java Full stack developers - What Java/JVM Stack skills are in demand?


Podcast 10 : Anemic Domain Models

Matt and Rich get round the fireside to talk about anemic domain models, and discuss the news of a proposal to include data classes in Java. In this episode Richard attempts to break the world record for the uses of the word "exactly" within an hour. He won't be saying it again next time around. Hacker News discussion: Proposal: Martin Fowler's Paper:


Podcast 9 : UML

Richard and Matt talk about their previous experience with UML and wonder if it still has a relevance for modern Agile projects. Despite Matt's valiant attempts, Richard fails to have a rant this week. But, he does manage to somehow squeeze in a reference to the "Comprehensive Super Mario Bros. Disassembly" which is quite an achievement on a UML talk ( We had a faulty microphone on this podcast so we're sorry about the sound quality - will be improved next...


Podcast 8 : Java 9 is Here!

Matt and Rich run through what they think are the exciting features of Java 9, but they're not allowed to mention Jigsaw. What will Richard find to moan and rant about most this week? Java's new genius numbering system? Or people who want to keep their lists mutable?


Podcast 7 : Design Patterns Special

This week Richard has a rant about everybody's favourite design pattern. You won't believe which one it is. This podcast is slightly more entertaining than the Gang of Four book. Even Grady Booch gets a mention!


The Late Podcast 4 : Amazon AWS Interview

If this podcast appears to be out of order, that's because it is! In June we recorded an interview with Ian Massingham, Worldwide Lead, AWS Technical Evangelism at Amazon Web Services. Unfortunately we weren't allowed to publish it without his permission, which we now have!


Podcast 6: Reactive

In this podcast we muse about Reactive. What is it, and what courses should VirtualPairProgrammers do? We talk about Spring's upcoming WebFlux framework. Also news on the recent Docker release, and what's going to be in the new Web Development course.


Podcast 5: Kotlin

In this episode Richard and Matt discuss Kotlin and what it can offer to the full stack Java developer. Plus updates on the progress with course development.


Podcast 3: Who owns Java?

Matt and Richard discuss the thrilling subject of "Who Owns Java?". Is it Open Source? And why do Oracle think that Google owes them $8billion. Also, progress on upcoming courses and some musing about the future direction of VPP's support process.


Podcast 2: All things Java

In this second podcast, Richard and Matt talk about the upcoming JavaEE 8, what it is to be a full stack developer, langauges such as Kotlin and updates on progress with Thymeleaf and Docker courses.


Podcast 1 : Java 9 and Jigsaw

In our first Podcast, we discuss the current state of Java 9, and Jigsaw in particular, plus we touch on thymeleaf, JSF, and there's an update on what we're working on too.