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Peter Pilgrim :: Java Champion :: Digital Developer Architect

I design Java EE and Scala software solutions for the blue-chip clients and private sector

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The Future – No more writing books for me anymore – Not fun

26 October 2015 Comments off

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In the future, you make your own or else somebody makes it for you. That’s my philosophy for things in life that you have control of. On the other hand, there are a lot of things that not in your control. It was General Eisenhower who said something about plans are useless, but planning is […]

Contracting #20 – How to get good at handling enquiries and telephone calls?

06 July 2015 2 comments

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I still see many contractors making the same mistakes over and over of not protecting their vital assets. Your social and business network is your life. You need to learn how to protect it and only provide suitable access for acquaintances, agents and brokers, when you know the other person reasonably well. Did you work […]

Contracting #29 – Sadly, your Job specification was chucked straight in the Digital Bin

17 June 2015 Comments off

1 minute

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I chucked another one in the digital waste bin in the sky. Good Morning, I am currently recruiting for a Lead Developer with strong Javascript for a client based in Central London, this is a permanent role and I wanted to establish if this might be of interest to yourself? I have listed details of […]

JavaOne 2014: Conferences conflict with contractual interests

08 October 2014 Comments off

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  The Duke’s Street Cafe where engineers can have a hallway conversation on the street. Incompatible with contracting   Photo License My photos are licensed under Creative Commons License 2.5. You must include the license. You must attribute the source. You cannot use my work, the source for commercial activities. You cannot edit or derive […]

Where Are All The Black People in IT?

05 July 2014 3 comments

4 minutes

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Recently, I flicked through the faces of all of the presentations titles from Google I/O 2014 videos, I saw only one person who was black. She was from Ethiopia and was talking about a very worthy cause, solving the food shortage in Africa and making the cost of food production cheaper so that everyone could […]

Contractor Rates Don’t Track With Inflation

30 June 2014 2 comments

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Contractor rates have not been tracking inflation in the United Kingdom for the past decade from 2004 to 2014. I found some information from the IT Jobs Watch site to back this claim. Source data: IT Jobs Watch site on Java People complain about contractors being expensive, but we have to take care of our […]

Your Next PR Disaster is Inevitable When You Provide No Feedback

25 December 2012 Comments off

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This is a warning to the reader; your might feel at the end of this entry that it is all Dickens’s Christmas Carol and “Bah! Humbug!”. You would be rightfully semi-accurate in your analysis, of course. Quite simply, I hate when I go to an interview that is either face-to-face with a potential employer, or […]

JavaOne 2012 Report Part 1

11 October 2012 3 comments

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  JavaOne 2012 Conference was last week, as I travel around Southern California, it seems like it happened yesterday. I write this blog initially in Monterey Bay, and then I finish it somewhere near Paso Robles, may be Los Angeles, probably. I have to say, that this year the JavaOne conference was a blast, and […]

Installation of LibreOffice 3.6

25 August 2012 Comments off

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I recently had the pleasure of Installing Libre Office 3.6 on a recent Windows 64 bit system. First, I found it does install. If you have a previous Libre Office instance on the machine, the installer fails with a message like “stop the quickstarter before the installer can continue”. Can the installer not do this […]

From Large to Small

15 January 2012 Comments off

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About seven weeks ago now [Editor: 15 January 2012], I walked into to the office of IB Boost Limited. I surprised myself at the end of my journey. It was a new challenge and I was looking forward to it. When I left Lloyds Banking Group twelve months earlier or so, I knew that was […]

The Fundamental Business Case for Scala Web Presentation

10 March 2011 Comments off

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Here is screencast of a web presentation. It is called The Fundamental Business Case for Scala. I admit this was long overdue by three weeks or so. JavaPosse RoundUp and a new Bathroom installation were in my way and therefore my time was severly crunched.  This talk is aimed at non-technical staff in the organisation, […]

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