Java impressions after 2 years of abstinence

Published on 3 June 2013

Today I wrote my first useful Android app, which shows the bus connections from the bus stop next to our flat to the subway line (I didn’t say it was going to be useful for you).

Since I didn’t want to start right away making things more complicated by adding Scala to the mix, I decided to write the application in plain old Java. I haven’t been writing much more than a line of Java in two years, I think – so here are my impressions after this evening’s experiment:

So what’s the morale of the story? I’m not sure there is one, other than it feeling rather strange to coming back to a language that I’d been using for 10 years and that now feels strangely distant and somewhat clumsy after just 2 years someplace else. I’m really curious about JDK 8 and how things will evolve there for Java.

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