My name is Henning Blohm. I am co-found and co-owner of a small software startup, ZFabrik Software, located near Heidelberg in Germany.
Previously I spent a significant part of my life at SAP AG, mostly working on Java topics. SAP does not do as much Java as some people may believe – I learned a lot by working in an environment where Java was more in a defending position rather than the champion. By far, most of the code SAP customers get to enjoy is written in ABAP, SAP’s proprietary programming language. Arguably an old-fashioned, hardly beautiful language. But don’t be fooled: It’s not about the language. It’s all about the software engineering approaches behind it.
A common tune of this blog will be just that: Things that suck in “Java-style” software engineering vs. other approaches.
One tangible result of my learnings at SAP is the z2-Environment: A “System Centric” approach to Java development (w/o breaking Java’s neck). I am sure that will play a big role in this blog.
Some other technologies that we use heavily in projects will certainly play a role. Most notably Hadoop/HBase and the Vaadin UI toolkit.
It was about time. Wanted to get started on this a long time back: A blog about all things “z”.