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Peter Pilgrim :: Java Champion :: Digital Lead

I develop Java EE and Scala software solutions for the blue-chip clients and government public sector.

If you are looking for advice on software development, digital and modernisation then you are in the right place. I am available for either contracting, consultancy, training or mentorship from September 2016. Please make enquiries by email.

Digital Java EE 7 Training Series 1 Episode 1

19 October 2016 2 comments

1 minute


This episode is all about the marketing term Digital and what it means to the developers, designers and architect. In this talk, I provide the most clearest overview of Digital that I ever done. With this background, you will then appreciate how the industry is embracing Digital, including how businesses are transformation their processes, which […]

Press Update: 39 Java experts that you should follow on Twitter

03 September 2016 2 comments

4 minutes


Some quick news and views I was completely taken back by the promotion by Tech Beacon: 39 Java experts that you should follow on Twitter. I have found in this industry especially that credit is rarely given, and if you luckily enough to be at the stage of life that someone else awards you with […]

Ye Olde Monolith

09 August 2016 Comments off

16 minutes


As a professional software engineer, you probably have encountered an architectural stumbling block known as a MONOLITH#1. A monolith is essentially a single tier application in enterprise architecture. Forget about the traditional break-down of Java EE application, where they break down an Uber-WAR file into presentation, business-logic and database tiers. That is just gloss over […]

Interview text for Response to Oracle Java EE 8 Plan

08 August 2016 Comments off

5 minutes


I replied to Paul Krill for his recent news article on Infoworld. This is my exact verbatim reply to his questions: Paul:     Are you satisfied with this plan? Me:     Well the simple answer is no. Paul:     Any criticism? Me:     It is not much of a plan, because […]

Contractors: Avoid TEST-FIRST software engineering testing platforms

20 July 2016 2 comments

3 minutes


I recommend experienced contractors avoid software engineering testing platforms especially when the client requests you complete a test before a telephone or face-to-face interview. In other word, avoid TEST-FIRST. Of course, you might exactly know what you are getting into, conduct research and seeing it for yourself. Just know the consequences. I took a Hacker […]

How to hire an elite level international football head coach and what you can’t do bugger about it

19 July 2016 Comments off

4 minutes


Based the last blog entries: Part 1 and Part 2. This is tongue-in-check, however please read it and the last paragraph. Today, 19th July, I saw somebody had tweeted about Head Coach job specification for Belgium. Discover the desired profile of the new Belgian Red Devils’ head coach. – Experience and results in the currently […]

Why aren’t you getting the best contractors and what can you do about it (Part 2)

18 July 2016 3 comments

9 minutes


Why aren’t you getting the best contractors and what can you do about it In Part 1, we look into the question of why companies suck at finding great contractors. We covered reviewing the genuine opportunity. We touched on why demand for great contractors outstrips the supply. We saw why TEST-FIRST recruitment is an abject […]

Why aren’t you getting the best contractors and what can you do about it (Part 1)


13 minutes


Why aren’t you getting the best contractors and what can you do about it Part 1 If you are reading this article, the chances are you are a technical leader, a team manager or service delivery manager, and there is a probability that you are making mistakes finding the best contractors. The end result is […]

Comprehending Ulterior Motives and Forces around Software Technology Standards

02 July 2016 Comments off

15 minutes


An Introduction to Software Standards What are technology standards? Essentially, a technology standard is a common agreement on the application programming interface (API) and / or communication protocol in a vertical sector. Standards can be big or small. They have a profound affect on the choices of the software developer community. When technical leaders have […]

Follow up to the “Java EE in Crisis” article

10 June 2016 Comments off

2 minutes


Recently, I posted an blog article about the current crisis around Java EE. You might also be interested in an interview that I had with JAXenter (Java EE Guardians speak bluntly: “Java EE cannot be run exclusively by the community”). Adam Bien, a fellow Java Champion, also had his say on the current status of […]

Java EE 8 in Crisis

09 June 2016 7 comments

5 minutes


This is my position statement on Java EE: “We are in crisis”. Anything outside of this statement is denial. At the time of writing, we do not know the exact delivery status of Java EE 8, because it is no longer on track. The release date is in the first half of 2017 according to […]

Fake Jobs List 2016

19 May 2016 Comments off

3 minutes


Fake Jobs Fake jobs gives a bad name for the information technology contracting industry. It is just a scam to scavenge and harvest CVs from hapless developers, designers and architects and then to source the leads (human network communication) for recruitment agents. It starts for me, at least, with the recruiter refusing to give the […]

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