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Track: Java, The Platform

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Java is now over 25 years old. Very few languages achieve sustained popularity over such a long time range, but Java's blend of qualities (Stability, backwards compatibility, developer tooling and focus on production grade software) have proved to be a huge success and to resonate with the industry.

In this track, we will explore what it means to continue to deliver major innovation in a mature software ecosystem, and how Java is looking ahead to thrive in the new world of cloud, containers and a world of software that is more diverse than ever.

Track Host: Ben Evans

Ben Evans is Principal Engineer and Architect for JVM technologies at New Relic. Prior to joining New Relic, Ben co-founded jClarity (acquired by Microsoft) and was Chief Architect (Listed Derivatives) at Deutsche Bank.

Ben is the author of 5 books - "The Well-Grounded Java Developer", "Java: The Legend", "Optimizing Java" and the recent editions of "Java in a Nutshell". He is the track lead for Java / JVM at, writes regularly for industry publications and is a frequent speaker at technical conferences worldwide.

Ben has been active in Free and Open Source Software for over 20 years, co-founded the AdoptOpenJDK initiative (with Martijn Verburg), and served on the JCP Executive Committee for 6 years.

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