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Welcome to the 3rd newsletter for my upcoming book "Developer on the Stage"! In the last weeks, a lot has been going on. Here are the most important facts and plans:


The very good news is that I finished the first version of the book, had it proof-read by some readers, finished the layout for ebook and print version and setup everything in Kindle Direct Publishing. So, I am indeed ready to hit the big button ("publish" that is)!

I plan to release the book on Saturday 5th of June 2021. That is 3 days from now.

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Welcome to the second newsletter for my upcoming book “Developer on the Stage” that will guide software developers to their first successful talk.

In the last newsletter (which you can read 

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I’m not a marketing guy. Actually, there are some issues involving me that would qualify as anti-marketing. However, I know some awesome things I perceive as great marketing. Here is a list of four of them, in no particular order, without being complete.

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Kind of sneakily, I mentioned before that I'm about to publish a book. It is called "Developer on the Stage". This book will guide you through your very first talk as a developer. It will help you find the right idea, structure your thoughts and build a talk that is both instructive and built on your individual experiences. You will learn about the different types of conferences and talks as well as how to get a speaking slot at an event that supports your first talk. A lot of small but important habits for the situation on stage will help you be well-prepared.

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Recently, I bought a Moonlander keyboard. Since then, I'm trying to learn how to type again. :D Although I had a rough time working with the new ortholinear setup and also defining "my" layout with the awesome software oryx, it's a blast. If you are typing professionally, for example as a programmer or writer, do yourself a favor and buy some professional gear like this keyboard.

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Recently, I finished reading "Friend of a Friend" by David Burkus. In this article, I highlight what was new or important to me. This text is not a complete summary of the book; instead, I recommend reading it yourself.

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I'm a huge fan of Spring MVC Tests and already wrote some articles about this topic. If you are new to the topic, here's the official Spring documentation. A coworker discovered a features previously unknown to me that allows to test for the size of JSON objects returned by an endpoint like this:

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ArchUnit can be used to test dependencies between packages in Java. I use it to test that application slices do not depend on each other, but are disjunct:

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This article is about why annotating the Spring application class with @ComponentScan may cause problems when also using Spring Web MVC Test.

The code can be found here.

General Setup

The demo application is a simple Spring Boot application with a component scan directly in the application class:

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This is a guide on how to approach me regarding job offers.


Currently, I'm not actively searching for a new job. This article is meant to be a guide for people who are offering extraordinary jobs that I would be a perfect fit for.

Stevens priorities

From most important to less important:

1. Content.

I want to do something useful,
contribute to something great and
add value
while having a positive ecological and sociological impact.