Q: What is/are your specialist tech area(s)?
A B Vijay: Cloud Native Technologies, IOT, Microservices, Architecture, AIOps, DevSecOps, Kubernetes, iOS, Mobile application development.
Q: How did you become an author for Packt? Tell us about your journey. What was your motivation for writing this book?
A B Vijay: Packt reached out to me to write a book on GraalVM, based on the blog posts I did in DZone.
Q: What kind of research did you do, and how long did you spend researching before beginning the book?
A B Vijay: I went through various videos, documents, manuals about GraalVM. I also downloaded and went through the GraalVM source code (OpenSource) to understand how it works internally.
Q: Did you face any challenges during the writing process? How did you overcome them?
A B Vijay: Yes, there were very limited documentation on details on inner working of GraalVM. I had to go through the source code, and reach out to the founders of GraalVM to gain more inner insights.
Q: What’s your take on the technologies discussed in the book? Where do you see these technologies heading in the future?
A B Vijay: This will transform the way we do Java Microservices on Cloud, as it provides the most optimized runtime.
Q: Why should readers choose this book over others already on the market? How would you differentiate your book from its competition?
A B Vijay: There are no books (at the time of releasing this book) on GraalVM, that go into detailed architecture and hands-on coding.
Q: What are the key takeaways you want readers to come away from the book with?
A B Vijay: Readers will gain detailed understanding of the inner workings of GraalVM, and how to build optimum code to run on Cloud.
Q: What advice would you give to readers learning tech? Do you have any top tips?
A B Vijay: The book provides a lot of simple hands-on examples. Readers should really use that to understand the inner workings of GraalVM and then use that knowledge to build more complex applications.
Q: Do you have a blog that readers can follow?
A B Vijay: Yes, https://abvijaykumar.medium.com/
Q. What is that one writing tip that you found most crucial and would like to share with aspiring authors?
A B Vijay: Outlining the topics, and organizing the thoughts is important. I first create a mind map of how I want to organize and use that mind map to fill the contents of the book. I always try to write it the content the way I would love to it. I think like a reader.
Q. How would you describe your author journey with Packt? Would you recommend Packt to aspiring authors?
A B Vijay: Researching and writing a book on a topic that is emerging, was really a great experience. I personally learnt a lot and enjoyed it.
Q. What are your favorite tech journals? How do you keep yourself up to date on tech?
Q. How did you organize, plan, and prioritize your work and write the book?
A B Vijay: I normally spend time early mornings and weekends on writing the book, as I need complete focus while writing it.
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