Author: Karsten Silz
May 31, 2021   |  updated Jun 4, 2021 4 min read


W-JAX Munich 2021: "Pick Technologies & Tools Faster with JHipster"

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W-JAX Munich is a hybrid conference for Java, architecture and software innovation, taking place November 8-12, 2021. Most talks are in German. Here is the full schedule.

If you buy a ticket now, it will be cheaper!


I’m excited to give a session at W-JAX Munich: “Pick Technologies & Tools Faster with JHipster” (“Technologien und Tools mit JHipster schneller auswählen” in German). I’ll discuss why we Java developers need to pick more tools more often, the challenges that come with that, and how generating code with JHipster can help picking technologies & tools faster.

I put my second JHipster applications into production in May 2021. I gave earlier versions of this talk to the London Java Community and the CinJUG (no video).

Abstract (German)

Unsere Java-Projekte werden heute von Technologien wie Microservices, Container, Cloud, DevOps und Apps bestimmt, die sich rasant weiterentwickeln. Deshalb wählen wir Java-Entwickler heute mehr Technologien als je zuvor aus – und auch noch häufiger. Wie können wir also zuerst einmal die richtigen Technologien auswählen? Und wie können wir dann technologisch auf dem Laufenden bleiben?

Ich werde typische Herausforderungen bei der Auswahl von Technologien und Tools diskutieren. Dann stelle ich JHipster vor, einen Open-Source-Anwendungsgenerator mit 170.000 monatlichen Downloads. JHipster hat keine proprietären Schichten und erzeugt produktionsreifen Code. Mit JHipster können wir einfach die gleiche Anwendung mit unterschiedlichen Technologien generieren: Monolith und Microservices, Backend mit NoSQL und SQL, Spring Boot und Micronaut und Node.js und .NET, Frontend mit React und Angular und Vue.js. Wir können diese Anwendungen dann mit unseren Daten in unserer Umgebung verändern, testen, debuggen, in Betrieb nehmen und zur Laufzeit überwachen. Wir lernen also Technologien und Tools, indem wir Code ausführen! Das ist viel besser, als aus veralteten Artikeln mit „Spielzeugbeispielen“ zu lernen, die unsere Umgebungen und Daten gar nicht kennen können!

Während des Vortrages werde ich live demonstrieren, wie man mit JHipster eine Anwendung generiert.

Abstract (English)

Technologies like cloud, microservices, containers, DevOps, and apps drive Java projects today. And they also evolve at a rapid pace. That’s why we Java developers pick more technologies more often than ever before. So how can we pick the right ones? And how can we stay up-to-date?

I’ll discuss typical challenges when picking technologies & tools. Then I’ll introduce JHipster , an open-source application generator with 170k monthly downloads. With JHipster, we can generate the same application with different technologies. Examples are monolith vs microservice, NoSQL vs SQL back-end, Spring Boot vs Micronaut vs NodeJS vs dot.NET, or React vs Angular vs Vue front-end. We can build, test, debug, deploy and run these applications in our environment with our data. So we learn technologies & tools by running code! That’s much better than learning from outdated articles with toy examples that don’t apply to our environment and our data!

I will also show live how to generate an application with JHipster.

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After the talk, you’ll get an opportunity here to rate my talk and tell me what I should do better next time.


The slides will be posted shortly before the event.


The link to the video will probably be available here after the talk. It may be behind a paywall.

Getting Started with JHipster

For the latest information, please always go to the JHipster site.

My Tutorial

If you want to get started with JHipster, then my three-part tutorial on JHipster is just what you need:

  • The first part is optional. It tells the story of how JHipster and Docker saved my first Angular Java project.
  • The second part helps with installing JHipster. We then generate our first JHipster application and explore the UI for administration and our entities.
  • In the third and final part, we look at the JHipster code. We configure Eclipse/Intellij, import the project, and then inspect the code.


Plugins change the code that JHipster generates. They are optional. JHipster calls them “blueprints”.

Here are the officially supported blueprints:

In principle, we can use multiple blueprints at the same time. But it seems that at least the Kotlin blueprint doesn’t go together with other blueprints.

The JHipster site has a list of all blueprints. That’s where we can find the Quarkus blueprint, for instance.

Part 7 of 10 in the Conference Talks series.
« W-JAX Munich 2021: "How to Show Version Histories in Java Application Front-Ends?" | JAX London 2021: "How Should Java Developers Build Front-Ends for Web, Mobile & Desktop Today?" » | Start: Java Forum Stuttgart 2019: "When Using the Application Generator Jhipster Is Worth It - and When Not"

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