About Us

Automated Ascent is a boutique technology consultancy that delivers software solutions to help our customers succeed. We specialize in the areas of project automation, containers and Continuous Delivery. Through our unique mentoring methodology, we will train and guide your team on the best practices for building flexible and efficient software.

Benjamin Muschko


Benjamin Muschko is a software engineer on the JVM, consultant and trainer with over 15 years of experience in the industry. He’s passionate about project automation, testing and Continuous Delivery. Ben is the author of Gradle in Action, published by Manning Publications. He is a frequent speaker at conferences and is an avid Open Source advocate.

What's New in Java 12?

What's New in Java 12?

New Java releases continue to arrive at a rapid pace. The community now receives a new Java version with features and bug fixes about every two months. The latest edition of this ebook examines many added and removed items in Java 12, including a new preview feature that lets you try out functionality not yet ready for production.

This quick start reference uses code examples to explore new features such as the teeing collector, the string indentation and transformation APIs, and support for Unicode 11. With this ebook, you can determine whether it’s worthwhile to upgrade now or wait until the next Java release.

What's New in Java 11?

What's New in Java 11?

The Java release train is moving faster than ever. Beginning with Java 9 in 2017, the platform’s one-to-three year release cycle accelerated to every six months, ensuring that timely new features and fixes would reach developers quickly. But as this ebook explains, Java 11 is more than just another incremental release.

This quick start reference examines the many changes in Java 11, including several new features and the removal or deprecation of some older ones. You’ll also learn the intricate differences between the Oracle JDK and other open source JDK distributions when it comes to licensing terms and patch update availability.

Gradle in Action

Gradle in Action

Gradle in Action is a comprehensive guide to end-to-end project automation with Gradle. Starting with the basics, this practical, easy-to-read book discusses how to build a full-fledged, real-world project. Along the way, it touches on advanced topics like testing, continuous integration, and monitoring code quality. You'll also explore tasks like setting up your target environment and deploying your software.

"The best Gradle reference ever! Full of real-world examples."

  • Wellington R. Pinheiro, Walmart eCommerce Brazil

"The missing book to help make Gradle accessible to any developer."

  • Samuel Brown, Blackboard, Inc.

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