The Java Specialists’ Newsletter – 220th Issue Hits The Stands

Welcome to the 220th issue of The Java(tm) Specialists’ Newsletter, sent to you from the island of the Minotaur. Before Crete, I lived in South Africa for 35 years. I grew up in the surreal system of “apartheid”. Everybody was grouped according to the pigmentation of their skin (paper bag test) and the curliness of their hair (pencil test). Low melanin levels made you “European”. Otherwise you were “Non-European”. Visitors from the USA would get confused and join the much longer “Non-European” queujava_specialists_eue. Since my family have lived in Africa since 1870, I never qualified for European citizenship. I am African, even though I look and sound German. Even German passport officials find it hard to  believe that I am not German.

And now I am Greek, thanks to the amazing generosity of the Hellenic State. Similarly, people have a hard time believing that I am, even when I show them my Greek ID. The look on their faces is priceless when I start speaking their language. If you are thinking of emigrating to Greece – I also did a PhD in Computer Science and that was easier and took less time.

Last week we did our Java Specialist Master Course here on Crete with some physical and some virtual attendees (see the TV on the back wall). I know that some managers think all we do here on the island courses is lie on the beach and drink ouzo. We do that too. But we also work hard. Here you can see my students trying to solve an exercise that I had told them would be easy. Yeah, easy if you know the tricks 🙂 The funniest is the look of despair on Giannis’ face at the back in the middle. He looked at the question and thought he’d solve it in about 15 seconds. But 15 minutes later, it still did not work. The exercises are designed in such a way that you have a great “aha” moment at the end.

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The Java(tm) Specialists’ Newsletter is published on a monthly basis by Dr. Heinz M. Kabutz. Dr. Heinz can be reached at heinz@javaspecialists.eu. Dr. Heinz is a Sun/Oracle Java Champion (since 2005) and also is a JavaOne 2012 Rock Star.

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