Sharat Chander


Sharat Chander has worked in the IT industry for 20 years, for firms such as Bell Atlantic, Verizon, Sun Microsystems, and Oracle. His background and technical specialty is in Java development tools, graphics design, and product/community management. Chander has been actively involved in the Java Community for 15 years, helping drive greater Java awareness, acceptance, adoption, and advocacy. At Oracle, as the director of Java developer relations, Chander serves as the JavaOne conference content chairperson, a role he’s filled for 7 years, where he drives the technical content strategy and Java community involvement in the conference. He is a frequent keynote speaker and participant in developer programs worldwide. Chander holds a BS in corporate finance from the University of Maryland and an MBA in international business from Loyola College, Maryland. You can find Chander at multiple global developer events and Java community engagements. When not growing visibility for Java, he follows his other passion for baseball, actively coaching his 10-year-old son’s Little League team and fanatically following his hometown Baltimore Orioles.

You can follow him on Twitter at: @Sharat_Chander

Preparing for JDK 9 - AKA The Sharp Edges of JDK 9

Every major Java release introduces changes that could impact existing applications. In previous releases those changes were relatively few and most Java programs were unaffected. JDK 9 will bring large changes: from hiding internal APIs, to the removal of previously deprecated classes, and new default values. This major update is likely to affect most applications. You might need to update some of the libraries that you use or you might need to re-write parts of your code to run JDK 9. In this session we will provide an overview of the largest changes, how to find out if you are affected, and what to do about it.