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Sharat Chander, JavaOne Community Chairperson, began Thursday's Community Keynote. As part of the morning’s theme of "By the Community, For the Community," Chander noted that 60% of the material at the 2012 JavaOne conference was presented by Java Community members. "So next year, when the call for papers starts, put-in your submissions," he urged...

[10/05/2012]

As I noted last week, I’ll be moderating a “Role of Java in Innovation” panel during the community keynote. It’s on Thursday at 9am... Here are some questions I’m considering asking – I would love to hear any suggestions on questions or themes you’d like to see covered...

[10/03/2012]

The 2012 Duke's Choice Awards winners and their creative, Java-based technologies and Java community contributions were honored after the Sunday night JavaOne keynotes. Sharat Chander, Group Director for Java Technology Outreach, presented the awards. "Having the community participate directly in both submission and selection truly shows how we are driving exposure of the innovation happening in the Java community"...

[10/02/2012]

In the past Sunday used to be a more relaxing day with ‘just’ some JavaOne activities going on. Sunday used to be a soft day to prepare yourself for an exhausting week. This is now over as JavaOne is expanding; Sunday is now an integral part of the conference...

[10/01/2012]

It’s here. Tomorrow (Sunday), JavaOne kicks off. Followed on Wednesday by Java Embedded @ JavaOne. As I mentioned in my previous post, 2012 sees a big focus on embedded Java topics leading up to the show as well as throughout the conference. Last week was the announcement of two new embedded products: Oracle Java ME Embedded 3.2 and Java Embedded Server 7.0...

[09/30/2012]

Following the tradition of JavaOne Latin America 2011, a gorgeous day in San Francisco marked the beginning of JavaOne 2012 with another Geek Bike Ride. About 50 Java developers got together this morning at Fisherman's Wharf and rode a bike along Marina, Crissy Field, Fort Mason, Golden Gate Bridge, and ultimately finishing in Sausalito...

[09/29/2012]

JSR 310, Date and Time API, has published an Early Draft Review 2. This review closes 14 October. JSR 353, Java API for JSON Processing, has published an Early Draft Review... The EC Nominations are now open until 11 October. Any JCP Member may nominate themselves for the 2 open seats in the 2012 EC Elections.

[09/29/2012]

According to Dutch research firm Tiobe in terms of overall popularity, Java ranked 5th in 1997, 1st in 2007 and 2nd in Sept 2012. At the time of writing there are over 2,000 Java progamming books on Amazon in English and there are almost 300,000 threads on Stackoverflow related to Java. As George Orwell once said: "Whoever is winning at the moment will always seem to be invincible". But...

[09/25/2012]

I re­cently pro­posed to defer Pro­ject Jig­saw from Java 8 to Java 9. Feed­back on the pro­posal was about evenly di­vided as to whether Java 8 should be de­layed for Jig­saw, Jig­saw should be de­ferred to Java 9, or some other, usu­ally less-re­al­is­tic, op­tion should be taken. The ul­ti­mate de­ci­sion...

[09/22/2012]

The 2012 JVM Language Summit is an open technical collaboration among language designers, compiler writers, tool builders, runtime engineers, and VM architects. In 2012, it convened at Oracle's Santa Clara, Calif., campus on July 30–August 1. You can watch now or download to watch at your convenience...

[09/18/2012]

The winners of the 2012 JAX Innovation Awards were announced in early July. These awards, given by S&S Media Group, aim to, "Reward those technologies, companies, organizations and individuals that make outstanding contributions to Java." The awards fall into three categories: Most Innovative Java Technology, Most Innovative Java Company, and Top Java Ambassador. In addition...

[09/18/2012]

17th JavaOne is just around the corner, less than 3 weeks away! If you are still thinking about registering for the conference, here are my top 25 reasons to attend: Biggest gathering of Java geeks in the world; Latest and greatest content with 475 technical sessions/Birds of Feathers/Hands-on labs sessions...

[09/11/2012]

One more to go until my "Heroes of Java" series reaches 20. No 19 is reserved for "Mr.Time and Date"- Stephen Colebourne, who is nominated for this year's annual JCP Awards as "Member of the Year". He is a member of Technical Staff at OpenGamma, and widely known for his work in open source and his blog. He created Joda-Time...

[09/09/2012]

The nomination period of the 2012 Annual JCP EC Elections will begin at the end of September 2012. The JCP will be accept self-nominations for 2 seats on on what will become the merged JCP EC, starting 28 September, with the nomination period ending on Thursday, 11 October. JCP Members (JSPA 2 primary contacts) will receive messages with instructions for nominating and their login credentials via email...

[09/04/2012]

Join us for a full day dedicated to all things NetBeans. Find out what's new in the IDE and Platform, and how a wide range of companies are using NetBeans technology to deliver innovative applications. The event is also a community public forum-- interact with other developers, as well as members of the NetBeans team, and discover what great things lie ahead for the NetBeans project. Free to registered JavaOne conference attendees. Sunday, Sept. 30...

[09/03/2012]

I recently proposed, to the Java community in general and to the SE 8 (JSR 337) Expert Group in particular, to defer Project Jigsaw from Java 8 to Java 9. I also proposed to aim explicitly for a regular two-year release cycle going forward. Herewith a summary of the key questions I’ve seen in reaction to these proposals, along with answers...

[08/29/2012]

Jfokus will consist of three full days 4-6 Feb 2013. The first day will be a university day with half-day presentations (3.5 hours) and 5-6 February will be regular conference days. Here you can propose a presentation for Jfokus 2013. We will get back to you as soon as we have decided which presentations will be accepted. Last day for submitting proposals is October 1...

[08/28/2012]

JSR 355, JCP EC Merge, passed the JCP EC Final Approval Ballot on 13 August 2012, with 14 Yes votes, 1 abstain (1 member did not vote) on the SE/EE EC, and 12 yes votes (2 members were not eligible to vote) on the ME EC. JSR 355 posted a Final Release this week, moving the JCP program version to JCP 2.9. The transition to a merged EC will happen after the 2012 EC Elections, as defined in the Appendix B of the JCP (pasted below)...

[08/26/2012]

Interview with Java Champion Johan Vos, who started to work with Java in 1995. He was part of the Blackdown team helping port Java to Linux. With LodgON, the company he co-founded, he is mainly working on Java based solutions for social networking software. Because he can't make a choice between embedded development and enterprise development...

[08/21/2012]

The "Heroes of Java" series has a run these days. Sacha took some of his precious time and joined as no. 19. Most of you know him from his JBoss time. He founded the European headquarters for JBoss and, as GM for Europe, led the strategy and partnerships. In 2005, he was appointed CTO of JBoss, Inc. and as such, oversaw all of the JBoss engineering activities...

[08/19/2012]

I created this basic Java desktop infrastructure with Arabic display texts in about 15 minutes, though the RTL parts took a bit longer to get exactly right in the end, but were solved thanks to two sources discussed further down in this blog entry... Notice that the application has a window system with undockable components, as well as a menu bar and a toolbar...

[08/16/2012]

With this release, Oracle is providing full availability of Java SE 7 Update 6 on Mac OS X, including the Java Runtime Environment (JRE) and the Java Development Kit (JDK), as well as the JavaFX 2.2 rich client platform and JavaFX Scene Builder...

[08/15/2012]

Today I have an interview with Daniel Zwolenski, a developer who has been involved with JavaFX, both from a commercial point of view, and as part of the open source community. He is active in openjfx-dev mailing list discussions, as well as running a very popular blog on using JavaFX in enterprise environments...

[08/12/2012]

Brian Goetz has just published a one question survey where you can indicate your preference on the syntax to be used for default methods in Java 8. Default methods will be used to allow an interface method to provide an implementation used as default in the event that no concrete class provides an implementation for that method. The choice presented is fairly subtle...

[08/08/2012]

Staying strong, the "Heroes of Java" series reaches the 18th edition. This time it is about Çağatay Çivici who is the inventor and lead developer of my favorite JSF component library Primefaces, a member of JavaServer Faces Expert Group, and PMC member of open source JSF implementation Apache MyFaces...

[08/06/2012]

Here's your chance to be in the Java Music Video for 2012! With your webcam, phone or camera, film yourself doing walks, spins, or drinking (ahem) Java. Watch this video to see samples and where to upload... Now show us what you got and FREESTYLE!

[08/01/2012]

The "Heroes of Java" series continues. Interview 17 came a long way from the tropical island of Curaçao. Bauke Scholtz (more commonly known under his nickname "BalusC") took the time to answer my questions and I am happy to have him joining the series! With nearly 12k answers on stackoverflow.com and a quite impressive contribution to the JSF community whenever possible...

[07/31/2012]

OSCON was an interesting conference again this year. Unlike last year there was no Java sub-conference. Instead, there was a Java/JVM track as part of the main conference. I thought this worked out better; it felt like part of something bigger. This year the emphasis was on open source community...

[07/29/2012]

The JavaOne conference brings together Java experts and enthusiasts for an extraordinary week of learning and networking focused entirely on all things Java. With more than 400 sessions covering topics that span the breadth of the Java universe, you can't afford to miss it! September 30 - October 4, 2012, San Francisco. Register now! With a full conference pass, you get...

[07/26/2012]

NetBeans IDE 7.2 provides a significantly improved performance and coding experience, with new static code analysis capabilities in the Java Editor and smarter project scanning. The release also includes notable features such as integration with Scene Builder for visually creating JavaFX forms; support for multiple PHP frameworks; updated Groovy support; and many other enhancements...

[07/24/2012]