Past, present and future

Dear readers,

This week won’t be a detailed technical article: last week’s was the 250th post on this blog, time for a little introspection, and thinking about the past and future. Speaking about the past, my first post was written on this blog on April 7th 2008 - more than 6 years ago, to announce I had successfully passed the Sun Certified Java Developer 5 :-) At that time, I didn’t really know what a blog was for, I just wanted to have one and I used it sometimes like Twitter today.

The first real technical article was written about the Display taglib on May 23rd of the same year. I guess it was the first that really counted, and I haven’t stopped writing from this point. I love my job - though I’ve changed employers since that time, and all my positions have given me material to blog about. I also try to dabble into unknown territory when I want to understand how software I do not use is working. If you’re a regular visitor, you might have noticed I try to write once per week, though I sometimes cannot hold the rhythm. However, some of you might know I’m currently also writing Integration Testing from the Trenches, which sometimes puts me in a quandary: should I write a new article or write another chapter of the book? So if you want to help me there, don’t forget to get your own copy ;-)

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And for the future, well, it looks extremely interesting.

  • At JavaZone (Oslo - Norway), on September 11th, I’ll be holding a workshop on Vaadin. I’ll also use the occasion to give a lightning talk on Mutation Testing
  • I’ll be at JavaDay Kiev (Ukrain), on October 17th-18th for a workshop on Vaadin and a talk about Integration Testing
  • Going to Joker conference (St Petersburg - Russia) on October 20th-21st? Let’s meet there, my exact contributions are to be announced in the near future
  • Finally, I’ll finish October at Agile Tour London on the 24th for a talk about Integration Testing

If you happen to attend any of these events, don’t hesitate to say hello!

Nicolas Fränkel

Nicolas Fränkel

Nicolas Fränkel is a Developer Advocate with 15+ years experience consulting for many different customers, in a wide range of contexts (such as telecoms, banking, insurances, large retail and public sector). Usually working on Java/Java EE and Spring technologies, but with focused interests like Rich Internet Applications, Testing, CI/CD and DevOps. Currently working for Exoscale. Also double as a teacher in universities and higher education schools, a trainer and triples as a book author.

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