Joonas Lehtinen, creator of the Vaadin framework and CEO of the company that goes by the framework's name, is always a popular personality with TheServerSide readership. When we caught up with Lehtinen at EclipseCon 2014, we managed to pick his brains on the subject of Lambdas and Java 8, a topic he is eager to talk about. Of course, he's also quick to point out that the new Lambda syntax that everyone is fawning over has been a staple for Vaadin developers for years. "We have been supporting Lambdas for two years, so you can basically write everything using Lambdas in Vaadin today," said Lehtinen.
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Listen to the accompanying interview to hear Lehtinen's take on these questions:
- What is the most popular IDE in use with Vaadin today?
- When IDEs like Eclipse and NetBeans are freely available, why is it that so many developers are still willing to pay good money for IntelliJ IDEA?
- Why is it so important to the Java ecosystem for big vendors to contribute to the development of open source IDEs like Eclipse?
- What do you think are the most important new features in Java 8?
- Everyone talks about Lambdas in terms of collections classes, but how is Lambda changing the way UI developers work with inner classes and other verbose Java constructs?
If you want to keep up with Lehtinen, you can follow him on twitter @joonaslehtinen.