Our top 5 technical articles of 2017

This year we have posted a number of technical articles on our blog. There have been quite a lot of them, so here I have collected together 5 of the best from 2017.

1. Java 9 Modularity Explained in 5 minutes

java 9Java 9 was released in September this year, so we wrote a series of articles covering the key features. Modularity was the biggest change to the language in the new release, so we wrote a post which explains it in 5 minutes.

2. 4 Hidden Features in Java 9

As well as explaining the main features, we also took a look at some of the important parts of the release that you might have missed. It had been more than 3 years since the previous release, so there are a lot of smaller but important changes that are easy to pass over.

3. Improved Shape Rendering with Soft Clipping

In the August release of JPedal, our Java PDF library SDK, we added a new option to improve the rendering of shapes. This article explained the difference between hard and soft clipping, and the differences between how Adobe, JPedal and Java handle clipping.

4. What is new in PDF Spec 2.0?

 

September this year not only saw a new release of Java, but also a new release of the PDF spec. It had been 8 years since the previous specification was released. In this post we give a brief overview of the changes.

 

5. Making a Simple Basecamp Chatbot with Node.js

Last month we published a simple step-by-step tutorial on how to build a chatbot for Basecamp using Node.js. This is a fun way to integrate external tool functionality into Basecamp.

We hope you have enjoyed the blog in 2017 and will join us again in 2018. What were your favourite articles? What would you like us to write about in 2018?

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Bethan Palmer

Developer at IDR Solutions
Bethan is a Java developer at IDR Solutions and was a speaker at JavaOne 2016. She has a degree in English Literature and in her spare time enjoys sports including running and handball.
Bethan

About Bethan Palmer

Bethan is a Java developer at IDR Solutions and was a speaker at JavaOne 2016. She has a degree in English Literature and in her spare time enjoys sports including running and handball.

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