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  1. My primary job is teaching software development training courses specializing in areas related to Java, Spring, Groovy, Gradle, Kotlin, Android, and a few others. That means I have to keep up with recent developments in all those fields and be aware of emerging trends in the industry. I write about all of that here.

  2. I have published books through several major technical publishers on Java, Groovy, and Kotlin. I share here what I’ve learned about writing, technical book publishing, and software development.

  3. I have over 30 years of experience in I.T. and Engineering (in other words, I’m an old guy), so I have Deep Thoughts(TM). The vast majority of them are about how to survive in this industry, with my goal to stay positive, friendly, and at least mildly entertaining. You may find some insights helpful in your career. Who knows? Stranger things have happened.

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  5. I’ve been running my own one-person company for over 15 years. That means my opinions do actually represent those of my employer. More to the point, I interact with a wide variety of customers in the industry and my business is sensitive to economic conditions, so I talk about that, too.

  6. My wife still laughs at my jokes after all these years. Admittedly that’s a low bar, but it’s still a good sign that I have a decent sense of humor. I also try to identify the sources of the jokes I repeat, whether from embedded tweets or wherever.

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