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Blog Archive for editor during December 2006

Holiday Pictures 2006 For technical reasons related to Wednesday's crash, we weren't able to produce the "Holiday Pictures 2006" as a feature article, like we've done in the past, so I'm going to use the last blog of 2006 to share the various contributions. Daniel López is thankful this holiday season for the open-sourcing of the Java platform. So he sent in "a quick shot inside the...
Let's pretend yesterday never happened Depending on when you looked at the front page yesterday, you may have seen new content in the center column, or Tuesday's items, or some stuff from June. Sorry about that. What happened is that coincident to a CollabNet maintenance window, and apparently unrelated to it, our app server and database had a bad crash. Rebuilding the db left us with no...
Fun goings-on at end-of-year conferences As much as we've been talking about JavaOne 2007 because of last week's proposal deadline, it's easy to forget there are some December conferences to close the book on 2006. Last week was the JavaPolis conference in Antwerp, overlapping in its last days with the beginning of The Spring Experience in Hollywood, Florida. We're highlighting some blogs...
Are you ready to start using closures? If there's one thing we've learned from the generics argument, it's that when language changes are being discussed, you pretty much have to take a side. If you don't like a library, you can just choose not to use it, but with new syntax, sooner or later you're going to be expected to use, or at least maintain it. The problem with the generics...
Deadline for JavaOne 2007 Call For Papers Well, if you're planning on speaking at JavaOne 2007, and you haven't submitted your proposal, today is officially crunch time. The Call for Papers closes tonight... lucky for you that Sun tends to set its deadlines by Pacific Time, which is pretty much behind everyone else, so you'll get a few extra hours just from that. I sent my angry little BoF...
Running late again... OK, late blog today... sorry about that. It's been a weird week, getting ready for the holidays and wrapping up work for the year. O'Reilly accounting naturally wants to close their books before the company's holiday break, so all us editors have to resolve all our billable business this week. Add to that the deadline for JavaOne proposals (more on this in a minute),...
How would you like your web service served up? I've seen a couple of pieces go by related to Apache Axis, and I think one of the really nice and potentially reusable ideas in there is how is handles message-exchange patterns. Just getting your head around the abstract concepts of blocking on a reply, handling the response asynchronously (e.g., by registering a callback routine), or ignoring...
Actually, Sun is waiting for your JavaOne proposal OK, cutting to the chase because we don't have much time left in what, by historical standards, is a pretty short proposal period: the JavaOne 2007 Call for Papers closes this Friday. Speaking at the big show can be a great way to call attention to your project or area of expertise, to meet people with similar interests and exchange ideas...
Java SE 6 goes final Two years ago, Java SE 6 was in about the same stage that Java SE 7 is today: it existed as a code-base, with ongoing development to existing features, and major features yet to be decided. Meeting with some of the engineers, it struck me that there was this thing that would be called Java SE 6 (actually we called it something else back then), and we didn't even know...
Who will be the next JavaOne rock stars? There's one week left before the deadline for the JavaOne Call for Papers closes. And even if you're not going to submit a session or BoF proposal, you can still help to steer the conference content. Annette Vernon put out a call for a JavaOne Wish List to collect your ideas, suggestions, and preferences for next years conference. To further that...