After all this time of developing in Java for different industries/companies, it is a sore realization that my connection to the community of developers is rather non-existing: a couple of Stack Overflow answers, a Github account for interview homeworks, attendances to one or two conferences (Devoxx France / Agile Tour Montréal).
Still, I have been following a number of Twitter accounts (most often because of how helpful the people have been while developing for work) so I had a broad idea of what I had been missing so far: conference talks, books, JUGs, meetups. I have resolved to contribute a bit more this year, especially since I have been unemployed since last December.
After searching for resources for a bit…
Don't google Java resources (I tried) if you want to keep up with what's new in Java but go there instead https://t.co/7nbEhpRIhy (which really is missing updated profile pics and @trisha_gee's Java Annotated Monthly https://t.co/KrU6Cnm63b) #javadeveloper— Raymond Ros (@raymond_ros) January 4, 2021
… here is what I got!
What did I find?
The greats are everywhere:
- @Vlad_Mihalcea answers on Stack Overflow all the time,
- Thorben Janssen and Baeldung.com (which I realize now is an army of writers) pop up every so often when googling about JPA or Spring (which often happened to me),
- Trisha Gee single-handedly writes the Java Annotated Monthly (+ YouTube playlist for the TL;DR version) which is a great entry point to keep up with Java news.
I an not alone
I think this article is particularly inspiring: https://neha-nsit.medium.com/how-joining-java-community-shaped-my-year-so-far-5c247388e851. Thank you @Neha Sardana for showing the way!
How do I start?
- I especially like that of DEV.to / @CodeNewbies for how they encourage new comers to join (I’ll be sure to do so).
- I have subscribed to the Montréal JUG and joined the VJUG’s Slack.
Keep up with the community news (not just Java)
I am now following a bunch of Twitter handles + blogs (the latter using Feedly.com):
- http://mtlynch.io: their writing is great! Recommended reading!
- https://www.helenjoscott.com: discovered recently, I look forward to reading more from them.
- https://nipafx.dev: liked their cheatsheet for Java modules
- https://jvns.ca: love the stick figures zines and their approach to dev
How do I keep going?
That’s the big question. While I am unemployed and have the ‘time’ (parenting is a handful though) then I can make it work but what after that?
Something changed when I learnt the difference between “not having time” and “making time for something”.
You make time for things if they are important to you.
— Catalin Pit (@catalinmpit) January 8, 2021
‘Making time for things if they are important for you’ is a bit overwhelming at the moment though. Here are some of the priorities that I see myself setting:
- I hope to keep interacting with people.
- I need to pace myself for the long run.
The objective is that at some point I can find my place in this community of people sharing the same craft.
Please feel free to share any resource that you think would be useful!