Many developers believe that Functional Programming (FP) arrived in Java 8, with the addition of the Streams API. But is this really true?
In this talk, Ben Evans will talk about what FP really is, examine whether Java is really FP or not, consider how we could have done things differently, in another world, and also discuss recent developments in Java 17 and what lies ahead for both Java and the JVM that might enhance the functional programming capabilities of the language.
Ben Evans is an author, architect and educator. He is currently Senior Principal Software Engineer at Red Hat. Previously he was Lead Architect for Instrumentation at New Relic, and co-founded jClarity, a performance tools startup acquired by Microsoft. He has also worked as Chief Architect for Listed Derivatives at Deutsche Bank and as Senior Technical Instructor for Morgan Stanley. He served for 6 years on the Java Community Process Executive Committee, helping define new Java standards. He is a Java Champion and 3-time JavaOne Rockstar Speaker. Ben is the author of six books, including "Optimizing Java", the new editions of “Java in a Nutshell” and the recently-updated “The Well-Grounded Java Developer” and his technical articles are read by thousands of developers every month. Ben is a regular speaker and educator on topics such as the Java platform, systems architecture, performance and concurrency for companies and conferences all over the world (pandemic permitting).