I hope you all had a great weekend and are ready to go on this Monday morning. In this edition of the newsletter, I want to talk about my first week at VMware, a demo I put together of a Nuxt 3 application talking to the Notion API, The Kubernetes documentary, The JChampions conference, and some Spring Goodies from last week.
My first week at VMware
If you missed last week's newsletter you missed a pretty big announcement. I joined VMware as a Spring Developer advocate and wrote all about it here. I put together a video version of that blog post to share with my YouTube audience and it gave me a chance to expand on some of my thoughts.
My first week went about as well as I could have hoped. For as large a company as VMware is our onboarding process is really great. I was able to learn more about the company and our processes as well as get my laptop set up with everything I need to get going. The benefits are amazing and a reminder to everyone that you should always take a look at what benefits a company is offering as part of your overall compensation package. The salary is great the place to start but it isn’t everything.
I have also started building out my schedule for the year. I don’t know what I can say publicly yet but like everyone else, we are hoping we can return to some in-person events this year. I started working on what events I would be at as well as submitting to a number of conferences.
I got invited to do a live stream on the IntelliJ IDEA YouTube channel on February 16th. I will give some more details as we get closer but this is going to be a beginner-focused live coding session where we will take a look at building REST APIs. A huge thank you to Mala Gupta for inviting me and I can’t wait for my 2nd time chatting with her. In case you missed it she interviewed me for IntelliJ’s 20th anniversary.
I also want to let you know that I will be a host on Tanzu Tuesday this week. In this week's episode, the great Sam Brannen will talk with us about testing with Spring and JUnit 5. This session will be hands-on with live coding to give you an overview of the latest and greatest in the world of testing using JUnit Jupiter (a.k.a. JUnit 5) and the Spring Framework.
I’m going to do a lot more live streaming so stay tuned to this newsletter or follow me on Twitter to find out when I’m going live. If you would like me to speak at your user group, conference, podcast, or join you on a live coding session please feel free to reach out to me.
I can’t even begin to tell you how excited I am to be a VMware. It was a great first week and look forward to many more.
Nuxt 3 + Notion API
If you pay attention to anything I’m doing you probably know that I am a huge fan of Notion. I use it as a single source of truth for running my life. I schedule out all of my newsletters, YouTube videos, blog posts, courses and so much more.
If you have been following my YouTube series on Nuxt 3 you know I’m planning on moving my personal website over to the framework this year. Something that I have wanted for a while is a way for you to vote on the content you would like to see me produce next. A lot of the time I am just creating content around the work I’m doing or things that I’m interested in. I would like to put some ideas out there and let you vote on what I should work on next.
For that to work through all of the ideas will be created and updated inside of Notion. Lucky for us Notion has an API and a way for us to work with that data. I created a tutorial on how you could create a full-stack application with Nuxt 3 that talks to the Notion API.
If you’re a Spring Boot fan, I have some content coming around using the Notion API in your Spring applications coming soon.
The Kubernetes documentary created by Honeypot was released this week. They do such an amazing job with these documentaries and I have been looking forward to this one for a long time. It was fascinating to see how Kubernetes started and a behind-the-scenes look at the container wars. If you haven’t seen this one it is a must-watch 🤩
What was even crazier is that after watching this I was in a meeting with one of the creators of Kubernetes at VMware. If you didn’t know 2 of the creators work at VMware. Did I tell you how much I love working for this company!
The 2nd Annual JChampions Conference wrapped up last week and wow, what a conference it was. You will be hard-pressed to find a collection of Java developers like this one at any conference. If you want to see the recordings for all of the talks you can watch them on their YouTube channel.
The 2nd annual JChampions Conference has come to an end. Thank you to all our speakers who delivered a range of excellent topics. Thank you to all our moderators who kept things running smoothly. We had almost 30K views over the 4 days. See them all at https://t.co/toGSD1L6MD— JChampionsConf (@JChampionsConf) January 26, 2022
Spring Developer Advocate Goodies
Now that I get to focus on Spring and the community I should have more goodies to share with you every week. This week I have some really great recordings from a few of my teammates:
- Josh Long - Kubernetes Native Java
- Cora Iberkleid - Building Production Ready Container Images at Scale
- Code: Cartographer with Josh Long and Cora Iberkleid
- Between Chair and Keyboard: The one with Spencer Gibb
If you haven’t had a chance to visit the VMware Tanzu Developer Center I suggest you check it out. It’s packed full of free content.
Until Next Week
Thanks for sitting down and sharing a cup of coffee with me my friend. I hope you enjoyed this installment of Coffee & Code and I will see you next Monday morning. If you have any links you would like me to include please contact me and I might add them to a future newsletter. I hope you have a great week and as always friends...