Venkat Subramaniam

Venkat Subramaniam


Dr. Venkat Subramaniam is an award-winning author, founder of Agile Developer, Inc., and an instructional professor at the University of Houston.

He has trained and mentored thousands of software developers in the US, Canada, Europe, and Asia, and is a regularly-invited speaker at several international conferences. Venkat helps his clients effectively apply and succeed with agile practices on their software projects.

Venkat is a (co)author of multiple books, including the 2007 Jolt Productivity award winning book Practices of an Agile Developer. His latest book is Functional Programming in Java: Harnessing the Power of Java 8 Lambda Expressions. You can reach him by email at venkats at agiledeveloper dot com or on twitter at @venkat_s.

Exploring Collectors: One of the Most Powerful Utility Class in the JDK
One of the most intriguing classes in the JDK is the Collectors utility class, with a collection of some highly powerful functions that are useful during the reduce operation of streams. The functions that are in this class have so much to offer and yet, due to their complex nature, often are not used as much as they should be. Using well defined live coded examples, we will take up several common programming problems. Discuss them quickly and drive the implementation of these using the Collectors' methods. By the end of this presentation you will know more throughly the power of Collectors and how to apply the methods in there.
This Ain’t Your Parents Java
Java was once a language that dragged along and evolved at snails' pace. Thankfully, that's no longer the case. The recently years have seen accelerated development of both language features and JDK improvements. In this presentation we will dive into some of the recent changes of Java that are both fun and powerful to use and discuss where the language is heading in the near future.
Test Driven Development: From Principles to Practice
It's really about the economics of software development. Writing tests take time, but it saves time in the long run. Creating good tests is a skill. Tests can greatly influence the design of code we create. In this workshop we will see how writing tests is anything but a mechanical process. We will see both the regression benefits and the design benefits of creating tests. Learn by observing tests being created for a problem live. Then pair up with someone attending the workshop to test drive a program, from scratch, all the way to working code. Along the way measure the code coverage.
Future of Java Panel
We now have a generation of developers joining our organisations and workforces that are younger than Java. They have grown up with an ever-expanding catalog of applications, languages and frameworks at their fingertips. The question is, should we still be encouraging them to develop and code in Java? Is Java still relevant to this generation? If so, how can we entice more young developers to tackle the JVM?