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Karsten Silz
Karsten Silz

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How to Build Java Applications Today: #56


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”.

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What is Changing?

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.

Why is it Changing?

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,, 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.

What is Next?

The next issue of this newsletter is due Monday, November 1, 4 weeks from today.

If you need to know about Java library & tool releases weekly: Follow the Java news on InfoQ for the weekly round-up every Monday morning. Here's this week's issue.


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.

Karsten has this newsletter, a developer website, and a contractor site. He's on LinkedInTwitter, and GitHub. Karsten is also an author at InfoQ.

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