22nd October 2013 in London at Skills Matter

This SkillsCast was filmed at Java Oddities

This talk is meant to be both fun and informative. We'll first explore some Java language design curiosities that will certainly make you smile. We'll then describe the purpose of certain Java features and how they are actually used in practice (which can surprisingly diverge!).

Topics covered include:

  • Array declarations & initializers
  • Covariant arrays: type exceptions in a statically typed language
  • Dangerous method overloading
  • Method overloading for default values
  • Conditional expression type resolution
  • Generics: < F,U,N >
  • Wildcards: < ? >

We'll conclude by describing a project at the university of Cambridge that aims to provide tools for language designers to help them improve programming languages.

Find out more about Raoul via his website!


Java Oddities

Raoul-Gabriel Urma

Raoul-Gabriel Urma is a PhD student in Computer Science at the University of Cambridge. His research centers on programming languages and software engineering. He is an author of the upcoming book Java 8 in Action: Lambdas, Streams, and functional-style programming published by Manning.