This newsletter switches from weekly publication to a monthly one.
Welcome to my newsletter “How To Build Java Applications Today”! I read all the Java newsletters so you don’t have to! And it’s “Java news with a smile”.
This is a special issue as there's no content today: I switch this newsletter from weekly publication (every Monday) to monthly publication (first Monday of the month). The next issue is due Monday, November 1, 2021.
For more than a year, I published a newsletter every Monday night. There are two reasons why I don't want to do this anymore.
Between my start-up, my writing at InfoQ and my conference talks, I don't want to take the 4-5 hours every Monday evening to write this newsletter. And that time includes at least half an hour of overhead: Putting the newsletter on Substack, dev.to, and Medium, broadcasting it on Twitter, LinkedIn, and Xing. By going monthly, I cut down this overhead by 75%.
I try to have 1-2 articles each week that where I mix reporting the news with my opinions. For instance, last week I discussed Oracle’s Ron Pressler's opinion on why we Java developers don't upgrade quickly to newer Java versions. But sometimes the 1-2 hours I can devote to such an article aren't enough - like last week: I missed at least one crucial point there. I want to write better articles - and publishing just once a month gives me more time to do this.
The next issue of this newsletter is due Monday, November 1, 4 weeks from today.
Karsten Silz is the author of this newsletter. He is a full-stack web & mobile developer with 22 years of Java experience, author, speaker, and marathon runner. Karsten got a Master's degree in Computer Science at the Dresden University of Technology (Germany) in 1996.
Karsten has worked in Europe and the US. He co-founded a software start-up in the US in 2004. Karsten led product development for 13 years and left after the company was sold successfully. He co-founded the UK SaaS start-up "Your Home in Good Hands" as CTO in 2020. Since 2019, Karsten also works as a contractor in the UK.