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Taking the leap

One and a half years ago, I had this thought:

I can develop products, I have some ideas and the money I get from my freelance activity would be enough to work on my own projects in parallel. What is stopping me from building my own minimum viable products, release them into the market and see how it goes?

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Home server on demand

Having an home server is great. It can be used as a NAS, as a print server, you can have some virtual machines for whatever purpose you may need and you can host some services there. I’m using it for all of the mentioned reasons, including software development and testing, with a Gitlab and Gitlab-CI services running on premises. I’m also hosting some web applications I developed for my own usage. I needed some of this services to be accessed externally, so I have NAT (Network Address Translation) configured on my Fritz!Box to point some ports to the server.

And it has been great so far! Except, I don’t need it to be running and spending electricity all the time. Additionally, the sound of the fans doesn’t please much the person I’m living with: my girlfriend.

So, how did I make it better?

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Java 8

Source: http://docs.oracle.com/javase/specs/

Recently, Oracle released a new Java version, Java 8. According to Brian Goetz (Java Language Architect), it has been in development for over 4 years and it’s development started before the launch of the former version, Java 7 [1]. This is the release with the most added features since the first Java version.
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