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Tech Lead Journal

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#10 - State of Java & Code Review Best Practices - Trisha Gee

“As a leader, it’s not your responsibility to do. It’s your responsibility to teach and help your team to level up. Your job is to level up your team, so that you have a team of people who can do it better and faster."

Trisha Gee is a Java Champion, author, and the leader of Java Developer Advocacy team at JetBrains. She has an extensive Java experience with expertise in Java high performance systems, and she is exceptionally passionate about sharing things that help real developers. Trisha is an author of a few books: “What to Look for in a Code Review“ and “97 Things Every Java Developer Should Know“. Trisha also produces a monthly newsletter for JetBrains called “Java Annotated Monthly”, which is a great monthly summary for all things happening in the Java world.

In this episode, I had a chat with Trisha about the current state of Java, and how it stands compared to other programming languages. She also gave some good tips on how to transition from old Java version to the latest Java version. Trisha shared some code review best practices and explained why reading code is harder than writing it, and that we should put more effort in making our code more readable. She suggested why a developer should use an IDE, and how using an IDE could help in increasing productivity and producing a more readable and idiomatic code. Trisha also shared some of her lessons learned from her recent transition to becoming a team lead.

Listen out for:

  • Trisha’s career journey - [00:04:54]
  • Trisha’s lessons learned when becoming a Team Lead - [00:10:04]
  • Current state of Java - [00:17:44]
  • How Java stands among other languages - [00:22:47]
  • Transitioning from older version of Java - [00:27:20]
  • Code review best practices - [00:33:56]
  • Why developers should use an IDE - [00:45:23]
  • Some of JetBrains products roadmap - [00:49:51]
  • Trisha’s 3 Tech Lead Wisdom - [00:52:58]


Trisha Gee’s Bio
Trisha is a Java Champion, published author, and leader of the Java Developer Advocacy team at JetBrains. Trisha has developed Java applications for a range of industries of all sizes. She has expertise in Java high performance systems, dabbles with Open Source development, and is a leader of the Sevilla Java User Group.

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