Some time ago, I got an invitation from Heinz Kabutz (the man behind the Java Specialists newsletter, to which you should subscribe right away if you haven't already), to join the JCrete conference. ♦
It's been almost twenty years that Gary Cornell contacted me to tell me “Cay, we're going to write a book on Java.” Those were simpler times. The Java 1.0 API had 211 classes/interfaces. And Unicode was a 16-bit code. ♦
One of the joys of programming with a dynamic language such as Lisp or Python is the instant feedback you get from the interpreter. You try out a thing or two, something starts working, you move on to the next issue, and before you know it, your task is done. Technically, the program that reads and evaluates the language statements is called a REPL, for “read-evaluate-print loop”.
After all these years, Java 8 is finally available. Of course, I have used it for about a year, while writing my book Java SE 8 for the Really Impatient. But I switched
JAVA_HOME and the
PATH whenever I worked on the book.
When Sun Microsystems introduced Java in 1995, applets were considered the killer feature for the business success of Java. Don’t believe it? Check out this article.
In my French class, we are reading Marcel Pagnol’s “La gloire de mon père”. It never ceases to amaze me how much more complex and arbitrary human languages are compared to programming languages. Could you imagine a programming language with irregular verbs or the subjunctive mood?
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?
Summary: In these unhappy days where Oracle is working hard to regain the trust of users, it seems a staggeringly bad idea that the Java updater installs the Ask toolbar by default. It's plainly bad for Java and can't possibly be worth the few clams in additional revenue. If you agree, please sign the petition
The final version of Scala 2.10 was released on January 4, 2013. Martin Christensen, a visiting scholar in our department, and myself have been playing with some of the new features, and I'll be blogging about some of our discoveries in my copious spare time.