Type inference: Friend or foe?

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Java 10 has local variable type inference, but type inference is not new in Java. Is type inference good or is it bad? Are there challenges to use them? When is a good time to use type inference? What are some of the limitations to using it?

This presentation includes the details of Java 10 type inference but certainly will not limit to it. We will step back and discuss type inference from the programmer's point of view and work through the benefits and caveats. At the end of this presentation, you will be able to decide when to use it and where to avoid it.



Speaker(s)

Venkat Subramaniam
Agile Developer, Inc.

Dr. Venkat Subramaniam is an award-winning author, founder of Agile Developer, Inc., creator of agilelearner.com, co-founder of the devdotnext software conference, and an instructional professor at the University of Houston. He has trained and mentored thousands of software developers in the US, Canada, Europe, and Asia, and is a regularly-invited speaker at several international conferences. Venkat helps his clients effectively apply and succeed with sustainable agile practices on their software projects.

Venkat is a (co)author of multiple technical books, including the 2007 Jolt Productivity award winning book Practices of an Agile Developer. You can find a list of his books at agiledeveloper.com. You can reach him by email at venkats@agiledeveloper.com or on twitter at @venkat_s.