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Nov 2, 2018
1h 58m
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You’ve heard about Java and want to get started with it, but what is Java really about? In this course, Modern Java: The Big Picture, you'll gain an overview of what you can expect from Java as a development platform. First, you'll learn the answers to important questions like “What does Java code look like?" and "How is it run?” Next, you'll explore the JDK and learn when you should use Java and when you shouldn't. Finally, you’ll discover the most popular libraries, practices, and tools used in modern Java development. After finishing this course, you’ll have a broad outlook on modern Java development and you will know which Java skills to focus on next in your personal development.

About the author
About the author

Sander is Director of Technology at Picnic —the Dutch online grocery scale-up— building Java-based systems at scale. He also is a Java Champion and author of the O'Reilly book 'Java 9 Modularity' (see As an avid conference speaker, Sander loves sharing knowledge, also through his blog at and as Pluralsight instructor.

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Section Introduction Transcripts
Section Introduction Transcripts

Course Overview
Hi everyone. My name is Sander Mak, and welcome to my course, Modern Java: The Big Picture. I'm a fellow and software architect at Luminis in The Netherlands, and author of the O'Reilly book, Java 9 Modularity. The Java platform is one of the most pervasive software development stacks to date. This course shows what Java is and why it has been so successful, and more importantly, what it can do for you. It answers questions like what is the difference between Java and enterprise Java, and why should you adopt Java? This course is called Modern Java, modern because Java has been going strong for over two decades already; however, what worked 20 years ago is different from what works today. Practices and tools in the Java landscape have changed to keep pace with advances in our fields, like cloud and mobile. This course starts from the almost timeless basics of Java, but also introduces you to everything that's relevant for present day Java development. Whether you're new to Java and want to start learning it, or whether you're reacquainting yourself with Java after many years, this course will ease you right into the current Java ecosystem, or maybe you're managing a Java‑based project and want to know what Java developers are talking about without diving in too deeply. You'll see some code in this course, but that's not the focus. The goal of this course is to get to know and appreciate the broader Java ecosystem. Java is much more than a programming language, so we'll also look at Java as a platform, some reasons for adopting Java, commonly used tools and libraries, and we'll even look at modern development practices used in Java. This course assumes no prior experience with Java, but it helps if you have some software development experience. After finishing this course, you'll know what parts of the Java platform are relevant to you so you can continue learning in specific areas. I hope you'll join me on this journey to start learning Java with the Modern Java: The Big Picture course, here at Pluralsight.