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It is conference season for the "Heroes of Java" and a good time to publish another entry. This time I am celebrating the 20th edition of the series with Angelika Langer, an independent instructor, coach, and author on C++ and Java. She works worldwide, mainly in Europe and North America. Her areas of expertise include advanced C++ and Java programming, concurrent programming and performance issues. She is the author of the Java Generics FAQ and...

[10/23/2012]

The JCP Public Executive Committee (EC) Face-to-Face Meeting launched the week's activities. The ECs gathered and discussed directional and strategic issues in the grand Clift Hotel. Since the EC had met three weeks prior in Prague for a Face-to-Face Meeting, no surprises were expected during the week. Last year at JavaOne, the EC answered questions from over 50 Java developers, but this year most Java developers seem to be satisfied with the progress the JCP EC is making with the JCP.Next effort. Therefore...

[10/22/2012]

Yesterday the JCP hosted a Meet the EC Candidates call for Java Community members. The recording and materials are now available on the JCP multimedia page. (Audio only file.) All nominee information is available on JCP.org. The 2012 EC Election ballot will remain open until 29 October at midnight PDT...

[10/21/2012]

Few developers have done more to move and shake the Java community in recent years than Martijn Verburg. He was voted by his peers as a JavaOne Rock Star for his "Diabolical Developer" session at the JavaOne 2011 conference... He is co-leader of the thriving London Java Community, and leads the global effort for "Adopt a JSR" and "Adopt OpenJDK" programs...

[10/18/2012]

If you weren't able to attend JavaOne 2012 in San Francisco, one of the high points was the Community Keynote on the last day. It was by the community and for the community. It included a visit from James Gosling, demos, and community members describing what they've been up to. You can watch highlights... or watch the full keynote...

[10/17/2012]

WebSocket provides a full-duplex and bi-directional communication protocol over a single TCP connection. JSR 356 is defining a standard API for creating WebSocket applications in the Java EE 7 Platform. This Tip Of The Day (TOTD) will provide an introduction to WebSocket and how the JSR is evolving to support the programming model. First, a little primer on WebSocket...

[10/16/2012]

The Nominations period for the 2012 JCP EC Elections closes tomorrow, 11 October at midnight pacific time. Eligible JCP Members (all current JSPA 2 signers) may nominate themselves. You will need your Elections credentials to complete the nomination, which were sent to the primary contacts of all eligible JCP Members via email last week...

[10/15/2012]

After five days of non-stop keynotes, technology sessions, hands-on labs, panel discussions, BOFs, networking, and nighttime club/music crawls, many JavaOne attendees are probably still just catching their breath. They're back at their workplaces now—heads filled with cutting-edge new concepts, technologies, possibilities, business contacts...

[10/14/2012]

We have a build of an Applet that will assist in the removal of older versions of the JRE. The Applet is available for testing on http://java.com/uninstall-tool . At this stage the Applet only targets the Windows platform, as it represents the largest installed base and the need for platform specific elements made Windows the logical starting point....

[10/11/2012]

Community activity surrounding JavaFX has been steadily growing, with tweets, blog posts, and projects increasing in number. I'm pleased to announce that there is now a JavaFX community site on Java.net at the following URL: javafxcommunity.com. The main purpose of this site is to provide a focal point for the JavaFX community, where...

[10/10/2012]

During the JavaOne™ 2012 Strategy Keynote, AMD (NYSE: AMD) announced its participation in OpenJDK™ Project “Sumatra” in collaboration with Oracle and other members of the OpenJDK community to help bring heterogeneous computing capabilities to Java™ for server and cloud environments...

[10/10/2012]

On Wednesday, Ed Burns, Consulting Staff Member at Oracle, presented a session, CON3870 -- “What’s New in JSF: A Complete Tour of JSF 2.2,” in which he provided an update on recent developments in JavaServer Faces 2.2. He began by emphasizing that, “JavaServer Faces 2.2 continues the evolution of the Java EE standard user interface technology..."

[10/10/2012]

I am starting this particular blog post as I sit the the San Francisco International Airport waiting to board an airplane to head home after another satisfying but tiring JavaOne (2012) experience. It is difficult to write another blog post after having frantically written ~30 blog posts on the conference since the keynotes on last Sunday, but I want to record some of my observations and impressions of the conference...

[10/07/2012]

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]