Throughout the years, we've developed a tendency to use a lot of annotations, rely on frameworks, and fear writing public static void main(...) by hand. That's not without a cause; as a direct or side-effect software development in Java improved a lot. But is that it? Or can we do better? First of all, we'll explore what are the problems of the status quo, such as limited discoverability due to over-use of annotations or lack of certainty on what exactly happens when our program starts up. Secondly: what's the next step? It might be surprising: "just" using the base language. Both Java, JVM languages and our understanding of programming paradigms evolved significantly. Time to leverage what we now know: let's use code to describe our classes, methods and express meta-data and let's bring back main() its proper role in our programs.

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