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Review: DevOps Tools for Java Developers

Note: Both JFrog and O’Reilly sent me a paper copy of DevOps Tools for Java Developers for review (or my reading pleasure, or hopefully both). The copies came with no strings attached and this article is my honest opinion. The book is written by Ixchel Ruiz, Melissa McKay, Stephen Chin and Baruch Sadogursky. 3 of […]

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How to become an Open Source committer?

A couple of days ago I was asked above questions: “How to become an Open Source committer?” I think the answer might be interesting to other as well, so I am sharing it here as well. At some point I wrote a GitHub README.md, which you can read over there: github.com/michael-simons. I think it gives […]

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Winding down 2021

It’s late December and I am winding down with 2021, which was pretty much 2020 too, while looking skeptical into actual 2022. I will come up with a personal review after I am done with the #Rapha500 and will focus here on what I found out to be great in 2021 work wise (aka programming […]

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GraalVM and proxy bindings with embedded languages.

A while ago I had the opportunity to publish a post in the GraalVMs Medium blog titled The many ways of polyglot programming with GraalVM which is still accurate. A year later, the GraalVM just got better in many dimensions: Faster, supporting JDK17 and I think its documentation is now quite stellar. Have a look […]

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Testing in a modular world

I am not making a secret out of it, I am a fan of the Java Module system and I think it can provide benefit for library developers the same way it brings for the maintainers and developers of the JDK themselves. If you are interested in a great overview, have a look at this […]

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Yet another incarnation of my ongoing scrobbles

These days my computer work is mostly concerned with all things Neo4j. Being it Spring Data Neo4j, the Cypher DSL, our integration with other frameworks and tooling or general internal things, among them being part of the Cypher language group. In contrast to a couple of years, I don’t spent that much time around a […]

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Hi! My name is Michael Simons. I live in Aachen and create software for a living. You can read more about me on the "About me" page. This blog mostly contains posts about Java and Softwarearchitecture with a strong focus on the Spring eco system.
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Good stuff cannot be achieved alone. A salute to several great people in my life: NetBeans Dream team and more. And certainly, lots of ❤️ to my family and my wife who always supports me and my crazy ideas.