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

Founder

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.

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Certified Kubernetes Application Developer (CKAD) Study Guide

Certified Kubernetes Application Developer (CKAD) Study Guide

This study guide walks you through all the topics you need to fully prepare for the Certified Kubernetes Application Developer (CKAD) exam. Author Benjamin Muschko also shares his personal experience with preparing for all aspects of the exam.

"Ben wrangles the wide-gamut of Kubernetes skills and masterfully distills the essentials for that little quiz. You've got this."

  • Jonathan Johnson, Dijure LLC

"This book is all you need to clear the CKAD."

  • Michael Hausenblas, AWS
97 Things Every Java Programmer Should Know

97 Things Every Java Programmer Should Know

If you want to push your Java skills to the next level, this book provides expert advice from Java leaders and practitioners. You'll be encouraged to look at problems in new ways, take broader responsibility for your work, stretch yourself by learning new techniques, and become as good at the entire craft of development as you possibly can.

97 Things Every Java Programmer Should Know reflects lifetimes of experience writing Java software and living with the process of software development. Contributor to this great collection of wisdom that helps you rethink Java practices, whether working with legacy code or incorporating changes since Java 8.

Getting Started with Bazel

Getting Started with Bazel

One of the newer players in the build tool field is Bazel, the open source variant of Google’s powerful internal build tool Blaze. After years of refinement, the first production-ready version, Bazel 1.0, was released in October 2019. Is this tool right for your organization? This report explores the use cases, features, and usability concerns of Bazel, including its benefits and shortcomings.

This quick start reference uses concrete Java-based examples to give you a first taste of Bazel’s syntax and functionality. The report also covers advanced features like remote caching and execution. You’ll be able to determine hands-on if Bazel is a good fit for your organization and come away with the knowledge and resources to start using this versatile, polyglot build tool for your project.

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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