Venkat Subramaniam | Devoxx

Devoxx UK 2019
from Wednesday 8 May to Friday 10 May 2019.

Dr. Venkat Subramaniam is an award-winning author, founder of Agile Developer, Inc., creator of, and an instructional professor at the University of Houston. He has trained and mentored thousands of software developers in the US, Canada, Europe, and Asia, and is a regularly-invited speaker at several international conferences. Venkat helps his clients effectively apply and succeed with sustainable agile practices on their software projects.

Venkat is a (co)author of multiple technical books, including the 2007 Jolt Productivity award winning book Practices of an Agile Developer. You can find a list of his books at You can reach him by email at or on twitter at @venkat_s.

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Spearheading the future of programming


We've, as humans, been programming only for the past few decades. We've come a long way in some ways, yet we've advanced only marginally on other fronts. We hear folks tell us, 'oh, things change so fast' and yet we've changed only a little in the way we develop software. Imagine where we'd be, if only von Newman had not put that bottleneck in computing... It takes a long time for the software developers to change. The last big changed happened about 20 years ago. We're poised for the next big change. In this presentation we'll learn about the perfect storms that's influencing that change and the directions that the programming field is evolving in.

A Dozen Cool Things We Can Do With Popular JVM Languages


Languages offer a lot more than syntax and compilers. They often have supporting libraries and special facilities that set them apart from other languages. Some languages offer special compiler support for a particular construct, like tail call optimization, for example. Others provide interesting library support or capabilities. In this presentation we will dive into 12 cool things we can do with different languages on the JVM, things that are either impossible or hard to do in Java, but are quite easy and useful to realize in other popular languages on the JVM. If mixing these languages is an option on your projects, you'll have dozen more reasons after this presentation. Languages used: Java, Scala, Groovy, Kotlin.

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