Very soon, it will be time for the annual Java One conference in San Francisco, California.
Thousands of Java-fanatics will make the journey to my favorite city "by the bay" (and my home town).
Thousands more Java-fanatics will not attend (including me) and wish they could.
I hope all attendees will have a great and productive time at Java One 2013.
My general advice to attendees is, "Make the...
on Aug 25, 2013
Our team of Java developers consists of people with various backgrounds and skill levels.
Everyone has a role and is assigned tasks based on that role.
Team members are expected to know basic programming concepts, core Java and core J2EE.
In addition; database access, web-browser, client/server concepts are required as well.
It didn't take long for our team to realize there was a lot more to know...
on Mar 10, 2013
I am back with more stories about our adventures in the world of Java.
From the distant past to recent events. I hope to entertain, enlighten, and encourage.
So hold on to your hats.
For software developers in IT, there are times when you find yourself present at the birth of a major application.
Normally these are dream assignments. But consider the following additional factors.
on Mar 4, 2013
When my company, Amway Corp, makes a sale; somewhere, somehow a computerized transaction of that sale is created.
This transaction is sent to a number of applications at Amway for processing.
One such destination is our Java application.
We created a capability, called the Transaction Monitor (or TM) to deliver transactions to our app.
Our initial version of the TM worked well, but it was still...
on Aug 10, 2012
As we began our Java adventure at Amway Corp 10 years ago,
one of the most important tasks we had to do was to create our Object Model.
We had a variety of Java objects that we were planning to use in our application.
How were they going to be "wired" together inside of the application?
After 4 weeks of Object-Oriented, J2SE, J2EE training; we set out to define our Object Model.
This model was...
on Jul 16, 2012
In order to successfully migrate our mainframe application to a Java/application server based solution,
we had to figure out how to migrate our batch processes.
We had a very good start, in achieving this, by utilizing the LaunchClient command and J2EE Client programs.
It was just a matter of putting the remaining pieces together into a working solution.
But we were running into a lot of trouble...
on Jul 2, 2012
For us at Amway Corp, a key part of creating batch processes, with Java, was using the LaunchClient command and
J2EE Client applications. We felt we were very close to being able to run our Java batch processes on the
application server. But more trials and tribulations were ahead of us.
We created a J2EE Client application\program that would call a "hello world" EJB.
After deploying the code to...
on Jun 29, 2012
Our first Java application (10 years ago) was a migration of a legacy application.
The legacy application consisted of a number of screens and a number of batch processes.
Migrating the screens to Java technology seemed straight forward.
In theory, they would be a direct use of the MVC pattern (EJB, JSP, Servlet). Easy.
But what about the batch processes? They didn't seem to fit the MVC pattern....
on Jun 24, 2012
During the initial architecture and analysis of our J2EE-based application,
one Java issue generated a lot of attention on our team : Enterprise Java Beans or EJBs.
Should we use EJBs?
What flavor of EJBs should we use?
At the time, we received no practical advice on EJB usage.
We got a lot of general advice. "Use what is best for you, etc."
Quite often, we were referred to a diagram with a lot...
on Jun 4, 2012
In the beginning, our development team had no Java experience at all.
Most of us were mainframe developers with a decade or so of IT experience.
We realized that not only did we need Java training, but we needed training
on object-oriented concepts as well. It seemed like a very challenging goal to achieve.
One of the reasons we chose our particular Java software tools vendor
is because their...
on May 28, 2012
When we starting planning how we were going to use Java technology at Amway (10 years ago);
we realized we had many decisions to make about standards to adopt, practices to learn,
architectures to use, patterns to follow, etc.
Fortunately for us, there were many sources of information to help us figure all of this out.
Unfortunately for us, there were many sources of information to help us figure...
on May 21, 2012
10 years ago, when we were decided to use Java technology to create a new application,
for use at Amway Corp; we thought it was sufficient to say, "We are using Java!".
We were wrong...
We quickly realized that there was Java 2 Standard Edition and there was Java 2 Enterprise Edition.
Since we were architecting our application to run in an application server-based environment,
we concluded that...
on May 14, 2012
Hello all. My name is Larry Fernandez and I am a Principal Software Developer in IT.
I work for Amway Corp in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
March 2012 was my company's 10-year anniversary using Java. We have over 1 million lines of J2EE code in production,
with more on the way. I have been here since our "Java" beginnings and I have played many roles
(developer, architect, project manager, etc.).
on May 9, 2012