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Simon Ritter

Simon Ritter

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Heisenberg, Myoclonic Jerks of the Diaphragm and Java

I studied physics at university and one of the hardest, but most interesting, subjects was quantum mechanics. As part of this, we studied the famous Heisenberg’s Uncertainty Principal, which is also associated with the “Observer Effect”. Essentially, what this says is that the act of observing something (at the sub-atomic level) changes what you’re observing

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Java: More Typing With Less Typing

There are many things that prove divisive amongst software developers. For example, just ask a group of (more mature) developers whether they are a vi or emacs user and this will normally result in a heated discussion on the merits of both (personally, I’m a hard core vi man). Other subjects such as operator overloading

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Focusing on 10 Years of Jfokus

  Last week was the Jfokus Developer Conference in Stockholm, Sweden, which was celebrating its tenth anniversary. Unlike some conferences, Jfokus has a “two year rule,” which means that you can present in two consecutive years, but not for a third. As such, I think I have been to most of the ten conferences, but not

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How Millions of Java Developers Help Each Other

I recently came across a report from Vision Mobile about a survey of what developers want from a developer program. Since I’m celebrating fifteen years this month of working full-time with developers (it’s hard to believe I started as a Java Evangelist at Sun in January 2001) it seemed an interesting topic to look at.

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4 Reasons Why Java is Still #1

It’s the start of 2016, which means that we’ve now finished the “20 Years of Java” celebrations. Actually, although the announcement about Java (and the HotJava browser, which did not enjoy quite the same success) was made publicly on May 23rd, 1995, the first official release of the JDK was on January 23rd, 1996. You

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