Annotations are used at every level of Java programming, from the compiler, to tool integration, to building dynamic systems. Understanding how to correctly work with annotations is critical to success as a Java developer. In this course, Adding Metadata with Java Annotations, you will gain the ability to work with Java annotations. First, you will learn how to use annotations effectively. Next, you will discover how to declare your own custom annotations. Finally, you will explore how to inspect Java types for annotations and how to take appropriate action based on those annotations. When you are finished with this course, you will have the skills and knowledge of Java annotations needed to work effectively in Java.
Jim Wilson is president of JW Hedgehog, Inc., a consulting firm specializing in solutions for the Android, iOS, and Microsoft platforms. Jim has over 30 years of software engineering experience, with the past 15 years heavily focused on creating mobile device and location-based solutions.
Course Overview Hi, everyone. My name is Jim Wilson. Welcome to my course, Adding Metadata with Java Annotations. I'm managing partner of JWHH, LLC, and have had the good fortune to have been a professional software developer for over 35 years. Did you know that Java continues to be one of the most sought after programming language skills? Java is used to develop everything from smartphone apps, to websites, to server‑side processes, to big data handling, even the many smart device features that make up the Internet of Things, and across all these platforms, annotations provide a powerful mechanism for embedding metadata into your types and leveraging declarative programming. Annotations are used at every level of Java programming from the compiler, to tool integration, to building dynamic systems. Understanding how to correctly work with annotations is critical to success as a Java developer, and that's exactly what you'll learn how to do in this course. Some of the major topics we cover include the important role of annotations in Java, associating annotations with data types, declaring custom annotations, providing data values with elements, inspecting types for annotations, responding to annotation content at runtime. By the end of this course, you'll be ready to begin leveraging annotations within your applications. Before beginning this course, you should already be familiar with the basics of the Java programming language and how to work with Java classes. I hope you'll join me as we continue building our Java programming skills with the course, Adding Metadata with Annotations at Pluralsight.