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London Java Community leader and technical evangelist Simon Maple has created a Meetup called vJUG, with aim toward connecting Java Developers in the virtual world. The aim for vJUG is: Get technical leaders from around the world to present to the vJUG members (without travel cost concerns!). Work with local JUGs to provide worldwide content to their members and...

[10/28/2013]

On 30 August 2013, Lovely Professional University (LPU) Jalandhar organized an All India Oracle User Group (AIOUG) TechDay event on Oracle and Java. This was a full day event with various sessions on J2EE 6, Java Concurrency, NoSQL, MongoDB, Oracle 12c, Oracle ADF etc. It was an overwhelming response from students...

[10/27/2013]

Much of what you do in Java is to define classes that package data and functionality together by concept to represent the desired problem-space element. When you instantiate a class, you create an object that has it's own piece of memory made up of other objects. Java has a peculiar means of manipulating these elements in memory. This is to say even though you treat everything as an object, you do not manipulate these objects directly. On the contrary...

[10/25/2013]

NetBeans IDE 7.4 extends the advanced HTML5 development support introduced in NetBeans IDE 7.3 to Java EE and PHP applications, while offering new support for mobile web development on the Android and iOS platforms, including support for the Cordova framework. Additional highlights include...

[10/23/2013]

It's easy to forget the value of any given technology once its buzz has arced across our collective consciousness and died a fiery death beyond the hype horizon. Before we forget Java's many vital contributions to computing and its role today, here are 12 definitive reasons why Java is not only surviving but actively thriving in its post-buzz existence. In other words: Don't call it a comeback; Java's been here, dominating, all along.

[10/22/2013]

In order to increase Oracle’s touch with Java developers worldwide, we are shifting our focus from a flagship JavaOne event followed by regional JavaOne conferences, to a new outreach model which continues with the JavaOne flagship event, as well as a mix of online content, regional Java Tours, and regional 3rd party event participation... Oracle will continue to invest in JavaOne as a unique stand-alone event for the Java community...

[10/21/2013]

I can not miss the opportunity to express my exciting and appreciation for this year JavaOne 2013... This is the fourth time attending and the second time speaking at JavaOne 2013. This year the conference sessions, events, demos, sponsors, people, speakers, JCP was rocking out, suffice to say that this conference has been the most diverse of the Oracle JavaOne conferences that I have ever attended... I delved into all JCP sessions and events, and a lot of java SE 8 session incredibly relevant to my adopt-OpenJDK work and future use...

[10/20/2013]

A handful of JSRs have been making progress in the JCP program--Java SE, Java ME and Java EE JSRs. More to come in the next few weeks! Highlights and links to JSR material below. JSR 337, Java SE 8 Release Contents, published an Early Draft Review. JSR 351, Java Identity API, published an Early Draft Review. JSR 360, Connected Limited Device Configuration (CLDC) 8, passed the EC Public Review Ballot with...

[10/17/2013]

This week I’m pleased to have an interview with Eugene Ryzhikov, a long time Java desktop developer and open source contributor. I’ve been working with him for many months on ControlsFX, where he has been contributing large amounts of code and many of the features you see in ControlsFX are directly due to his hard work. A graduate of Kaunas Technology University with a Masters in Computer Engineering, Eugene shares his programming time between Java and Scala...

[10/16/2013]

The Java Community Process (JCP) program Executive Committee Election ballot is now open. The elections give JCP Members the opportunity to determine the EC members while continuing to help shape the future of Java technology. The candidates' profiles and positioning statements are available, as well as the recording of the "Meet the Executive Committee Candidates" call recording to assist and inform voting selections. The ballot will be open until 28 October, with results available on 29 October...

[10/15/2013]

On Thursday, 10 October, the JCP hosted a Meet the EC Candidates call for Java Community members. The recording and materials are now available on JCP.org (audio file); all nominee information is available on the JCP.org 2013 EC Nominees page to follow along with the recording. As you may recall from the previous blog entry, this year...

[10/14/2013]

When the Java Community Process (JCP) set out four years ago to take advantage of the Oracle acquisition to implement some much needed reforms, the Java standards organization started with what JCP Chair Patrick Curran referred to as the "low-hanging fruit." That first Java Specification Request, JSR 348, was all about transparency, participation, agility and governance...

[10/13/2013]

Help us define how to serve your training and certification needs for Java EE 7. Oracle Certification and Server Technologies Curriculum Development are working to build two new Java EE 7 Certification exams and surrounding courses. We are looking to you to help validate our definition of the job roles identified for the Java EE 7 certification...
We are asking Java practitioners, hiring managers and recruiters to spend 10-15 minutes to complete this survey to help define the scope of the new certification...

[10/10/2013]

Silicon Valley Code Camp v8.0 concluded over the weekend. I've attended each code camp since the introduction of Java. The code camp has stuck to its three core principles from the beginning: By and for the developer community (no product or marketing pitches); No charge to attendees; Never occurs during work hours. The code camp has shown constant growth over its lifespan... This year I also volunteered to coordinate a new track focused on enabling future generation of developers. It was astounding to see kids from elementary school, middle school, and early high school learning programming skills...

[10/09/2013]

JSF component providers provide components with semantic meaning like e.g. navigation bar, header, footer or panel. Future JSF releases could use HTML 5 logical page structure to enforce the semantic output in the spec. e.g. instead of generating the navigation bar in a div container, a component provider could generate a navigation component within a nav . Currently (Java EE7) component providers can generate whatever markup they like: even nested HTML tables would be still perfectly fine. Structuring the page logically and not visually would open the door for JSF for...

[10/08/2013]

The thread of Java Embedded and Internet of Things was woven into all aspects of JavaOne this year and very prominent at OpenWorld as well. The 3rd IT Revolution is happening fast, and there is no doubt Oracle and Partners are throwing their muscle behind it. Watch the keynotes to recap...

[10/07/2013]

PrimeFaces 4 has been released. The PrimeFaces Push components has been updated to use some of the cool new features of Atmosphere 2.0! To name a few: Atmosphere’s Protocol now enabled by default; Atmosphere’s Hear Beat now turned on by default; Atmosphere’s tracking message length enabled by default; Significant Performance improvement of the MetaBroadcaster; JSR356 supports...

[10/06/2013]

The latest issue of Java Magazine, which takes as its theme “Seize the Cloud,” has an article by IndicThreads founder Harshad Oak, titled “Hands on with Oracle Java Cloud Service, Part One,” that provides an introduction to Oracle’s platform-as-a-service (PaaS) Java offerings. PaaS is about renting a software platform and running a custom business application on it, thus enabling developers to focus on the business application and...

[10/03/2013]

The Java Embedded Challenge for Raspberry Pi this year was a first at JavaOne. For 3 days, attendees built Java Embedded applications using sensors, Raspberry Pis, Arduinos, a Gemalto board, and a Beagle board. With limited or no prior Java Embedded experience, attendees created seven amazing and very different projects...

[10/02/2013]

The biggest change coming in Java 8 is Project Lambda (JSR 335), which supports programming in multicore environments by adding closures and related features to the language. Reinhold called it the single largest upgrade to the programming model, ever -- larger even than generics. "It's the first time since the beginning of Java that we've done a carefully coordinated co-evolution of the virtual machine, the language, and the libraries all together," he said. "And yet the result still feels like Java"...

[10/01/2013]

This year JavaOne started like in the old years- in the Moscone Center. Sunday's keynote consisted of two parts: strategy and technology. The main message of the strategy part was "the same programming model with Java 8 everywhere". The technology part was interesting, relevant and entertaining. Either I was extremely fortunate, or the advisory board did a great job this year... All sessions I attended were really good. I learned a lot, enjoyed the time. I think it was the best JavaOne under "Oracle's Stewardship" so far...

[09/30/2013]

The September/October 2013 edition of Java Magazine honors this year's Duke Choice Award winners... NetBeans Platform projects that won this year are: GEONS Ground Support System, National Aeronautics and Space Administration; OpenSim, The National Institutes of Health Center for Biomedical Computation and National Center for Simulation in Rehabilitation Research; Jessikommand, Robotswim; and Neuroph, University of Belgrade’s Faculty of Organizational Sciences. Read all about it after subscribing for free to the Java Magazine (http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/java/javamagazine/index.html).

[09/29/2013]

Here are my impressions from the 18th Java One. Java SE 8 is around the corner, Java EE 7 was just released, and both are a joy to use. NetBeans 7.4 is awesome. And yet, people were strangely blasé at the conference. I still remember how much excitement there was at Java One when Java was in its infancy, and the promises greatly exceeded the reality. (Do you remember Jini? Or the original Java EE?) Nowadays...

[09/26/2013]

Ed Burns, Consulting Member of Technical Staff, and Kinman Chung, Principle Member of Technical Staff, both at Oracle, presented a session on Monday in which they described new features in JSR 341, Expression Language (EL) 3.0. They discussed the APIs for the use of EL in standalone environments and EL syntax for new operators, plus lambda expressions, and...

[09/25/2013]

Adam Bien, who is not only a Java Champion and JavaOne Rock Star, but was named in 2010 as Oracle Magazine’s Java Developer of the Year, spoke to an enthusiastic crowd where he addressed some core issues about Java EE. He encouraged questions – “The more heretical or offensive the better.” It was obvious that Bien loves to think about and code in Java...

[09/25/2013]

On Tuesday, Oracle Technology Evangelist Simon Ritter presented a session that demonstrated how a simple Raspberry Pi computer could be connected to an Audi to access far more information about the inner workings of the Audi than is currently available. Ritter, a great showman who has entertained thousands of JavaOne attendees over the years with his Java tricks, communicated his contagious passion for gadgets – and...

[09/25/2013]

On Tuesday afternoon, noted Java EE authors Arun Gupta and Antonio Goncalves offered a whirlwind tour of new features in “Java EE 7: Fifty New Features of Java EE 7 in 50 Minutes”. Gupta is legendary at Oracle for his hard work and astute grasp of the Java EE platform. Goncalves is one of the most highly regarded writers on EE anywhere and...

[09/25/2013]

Government... Isn't interacting with it your favorite social pastime? What? It's not? OK, so what don't you like about it? What? You're saying that, in your country, you can't just log into your favorite government sites and experience speedy, reliable, secure services? I'll guess, then, that you must not live in Ecuador... Poor you! ...

[09/25/2013]

Chip maker Freescale and Oracle are announcing an initiative to create standards for gateways that can deal with a flood of data from devices associated with the “Internet of things”... Many chip makers are preparing for the big semiconductor market that will materialize as companies deploy their networks for the Internet of things. Rivals such as...

[09/25/2013]

Mark Reinhold, Oracle’s Chief Architect, the Java Platform Group, took the stage to kick off Sunday’s technical keynote at the Moscone Center. He began by quoting “father of Java” James Gosling. For Java to thrive, it must maintain what Gosling called the “feel of Java”. In other words, it must retain the key values of readability, simplicity, and universality...

[09/25/2013]