Alex Theedom

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Alex Theedom is a Senior Java Developer and has played a pivotal role in the architectural design and development of a micro service based, custom built lottery and instant win game platform.
Prior to that, he developed ATM software for an international Spanish bank and code quality analysis software for a software consultancy.
Alex has experience of Java web application development in a diverse range of fields including finance, e-learning, lottery and software development. His passion for development has taken him to projects throughout European and beyond.
He is a blogger at and can be found helping fellow problem solvers in online forums.
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Discover a new way of working with Java that emphasizes innovation over coding.

In this short video I will introduce you to connectors, a technology used as part of the MuleSoft rapid development approach that simplifies the development of connectivity code and promotes its reuse throughout your developer teams allowing you (and your team) to focus on innovation.

In just under 15 mins I will code a connector that encapsulates the connectivity logic for the Amazon Polly service and use it in a simple example API.

2 years ago
Join Alex Theedom on 15th October for a meetup on how adding MuleSoft integration capabilities to your CV will boost you career opportunities in the digital transformation field.

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3 years ago
Congratulations to the winners:

  • Claude Moore
  • R.J. Arzki
  • Randy Maddocks
  • Naresh Doniparti

  • Don't forget you have to claim your prize.
    If you want to learn more about Java EE 8 then come to my talk at CodeEurope where I will be talking about the new Security API and the new JSON Binding API.
    Congratulations to all the winners and to those who took part.

    If you were unlucky and didn't win, don't worry, I am offering my book to JavaRanchers for a special price of only $9.95 direct from leanpub: Java EE 8: Only What's New JavaRanch special offer.
    Congratulations to all the winners and to those who took part.

    To say thanks for being so awesome, I am offering my book to JavaRanchers at a special price of only $9.95 (suggested price $19.95) direct from leanpub: Java EE 8: Only What's New JavaRanch special offer.
    I have recorded a video that covers the top 5 best new features of Java EE 8. Enjoy.

    I am presenting at the Java With The Best online conference (April 17 - April 18, 2018) on Java EE and JSON. Hope to see you there.
    My new book Java EE 8: Only What's New is the number 1 new release on Amazon in the Java Computer Programming department.

    Click here see it on Amazon.

    5 years ago
    Hi Thomas

    Too true that nothing stands still in technology. Java SE is on a 6-monthly release cycle and Java 8 will no longer support after Java 11 is released later this year (4th quarter 2018). As far are Java EE 8 is concerned this is the last version supported and developed by Oracle. All further versions of Enterprise Java will be released under the Jakarta EE name. The release cycle for JEE has not be defined but it sure to be shorter than it was for Java EE and hopefully at least once a year.  This is my wish for Jakarta EE. So, of course, I will keep things up to date in my book for as long as it makes sense. The advantage of self-publishing is that I can update it whenever I want and all those who have bought it in the past can download the latest version.

    Maybe I will start a series of Only Whats New for Java SE :-)
    There have been many questions about what this book contains so I thought that I should post here a little bit more about what it covers.

    About The Book
    Leveling up on a new platform version means reading specification documentation and digging around blog posts, it's time-consuming and tedious, but not anymore.

    This book contains all you need to know about what's new in Java EE 8. You already know Java EE, so why read a long book that explains what you already know? All features are discussed in detail with plenty of code examples to show how it works. You can save yourself considerable time and learn only what you don't know. If you are time poor, then this book is for you.

    By the end of this book, you will be up to speed on the latest features of Java EE 8.

    What the book covers

    The two new APIs:

  • Java API for JSON Binding 1.1 (JSR 367)
  • Java EE Security API 1.1 (JSR 375)

  • The three major updated APIs:

  • Servlet 4.0 (JSR 369)
  • Bean Validation 2.0 (JSR 380)
  • Contexts and Dependency Injection for Java 2.0 (JSR 365)

  • The four minor updated APIs:

  • Java API for RESTful Web Services 2.1 (JSR 370)
  • JavaServer Faces 2.3 (JSR 372)
  • Java API for JSON Processing 1.1 (JSR 374)
  • Java Persistence API 2.2 (JSR 338)

  • How are the chapters structured?
    Each chapter is dedicated to one API and is divided into six main sections.

    The overview section introduces the main features of the JSR and notable changes. The API’s evolution, motivations, and goal are discussed in order to provide a background for the subsequent decision where appropriate.

    Change Impact
    The impact of adopting the new API is discussed in terms of the benefits and cost.

    Headline Features
    The headline features of the JSR are identified. Minor changes are included in this section for completeness.

    Feature n
    Each important feature of the JSR is discussed with code examples that demonstrate the feature in action.

    Test Your Knowledge
    Each chapter finishes with a few multiple choice questions that test your knowledge of the JSRs new features. Answers are given at the end of each chapter.

    Interesting Links
    At the end of each chapter is a collection of links to useful and interesting resources. These link will include the specification and associated Github repositories, interesting articles and other resources that may be of interest to the reader.

    The answers to the Test Your Knowledge are given at the end of each chapter.

    Bonus Chapter
    I have included a chapter about the new HTTP/2 protocol. The chapter covers the topology of a connection, request/response multiplexing, header compression, stream prioritization, server push, flow control and much more. This chapter contains all you need to know about HTTP/2.
    Hey Comal, cool fish. Would that be a 'GlassFish' by any chance :-)  If you haven't asked a question yet you only have today to do so. Ask any question, simple or complex, about Java EE and you stand a good chance of winning a copy of my book.
    Hi Java Ranchers

    Today is the last day of my book promotion and you still have a chance to win a copy of my new book Java EE 8: Only What's New. Just ask me a question about the book or Java EE and you stand a chance of winning a copy.

    Good luck today.
    Hi Sumit

    I am very positive about the name change and think that it is a great chance for Java EE Jakarta EE to distinguish itself from the past and become the platform of choice for enterprise developers.

    With regard recruiters, I suspect it will be another 10 years before they learn the new name ;-) Having said that there probably are companies looking for people to support systems developed with J2EE and for many years to come there will be a need for Java EE 5/6/7 developers.
    Hi Yago

    Thank you for your question.

    You make a good point about still using Java EE 6. In fact, there are still many people using Java EE 5 so for them jumping to 8 is a bit of a leap. However, I have not included a chapter in my about difference between 6 and 7, but I think that it might be a good idea. Do you think it would useful? The advantage of publishing on leanpub is that I can continuously update the book with new content and anyone who bought the book gets a notification and can download the new version.

    Good luck in the book draw.
    Hi Kumar

    Thank you for your questions.

    1 I don't provide any performance metric but I do agree that is an interesting topic. Take a look at this video by Adam Bein (WHAT IS FASTER--EJBS OR CDI? A JMH BENCHMARK).
    2. I don't discuss this topic either, but I do talk about how to use the reactive client
    3. This book is not about high performance, scalability or reliability
    4. No examples of public cloud

    If you are looking for a book that covers these topics then this book is not for you. If you just want to get up to speed on the new features in Java EE 8 then this is for you.