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Blog Archive for editor during April 2007

An accord on closures? The "closures debate" in the Java community -- recently summarized in a DeveloperWorks article by Brian Goetz -- is really a tangle of several debates. We might well be discussing three very different things: Whether to add closures to the Java language What specifically a closures proposal should address The specific syntax of a closures proposal Today's news is...
How realistic is small-party ME development? One of the books I've long thought someone should publish -- we occasionally kick it around among the O'Reilly editors, but have never found a suitable author -- is Java Deployment. The idea behind this book would be all about how to get your code up and running for your users. Probably the simplest case is all the EE spec-compliant webapp...
A big JavaOne crunch, or 50 little crunches? Those of you with big announcements to drop at JavaOne have it easy, I'm telling you. No, just kidding, of course -- I know people are crunching pretty hard to have their stuff ready for next week's show. But outside of the single-minded developer focus, for a lot of us involved with the show, the weeks leading up to JavaOne have been a series of...
There are other conferences, of course... One of the items on yesterday's front page that might have gotten overlooked is an announcement about the O'Reilly Open Source Convention 2007, and, in particular, its Java track. I think it's a huge improvement over last year's track, which was something of a debacle because of the conference organizers' failure to indicate that Java was one of the...
Interviewing cajo's founder One of the things we're trying to do on the content side is to further focus on the projects on java.net, the people behind them, and the communities they create. Some of the ways to get there involve our feature articles, which we're focusing on the core Java platforms themselves (ME, SE, and EE), since open-source reference implementations of each are now hosted...
...well I thought I was I grant that I have a pretty cavalier attitude about security, but frankly, I feel entitled to: I develop Java applications on Macs, and both Java and Mac OS X have well-thought-out, highly-regarded security schemes, particularly in comparison to the never-ending fiasco that is security on Windows. So imagine my surprise when security researchers finally found a...
What kind of transparency do you want from JSR expert groups? Yesterday's blog kicked off some discussion about what the right form a JSR expert group's work should take, whether it be completely private, or exposed to the public in some form as it develops. User robilad, better known to fans as Dalibor Topic, suggested this would make for a good poll, and that's a great idea. Putting it...
Is "open from the start" the right way to develop a JSR? So how should a JSR work anyways? More and more, this is becoming a hot topic for everyday Java developers, who want their concerns and desires incorporated early in the process, not late in the game when the final draft is being routinely approved, or after the fact. As the ideas for JDK 7 come together, we've already seen vigorous...
Are all these devices good or bad for us? Two of our bloggers today have very different perspectives on the benefits and effects of the kinds of electronic devices that we generally take for granted. Let's start with Qusay H. Mahmoud, whose blog Java ME and BlackBerry wireless devices in the classroom relates personal stories about projects for college programming courses, one of which was...
Catching up with phoneME I discovered the other day that the RSS based system I use to get updates from the various communities doesn't pick up everything from the mobile & embedded community page. I see a lot of that from other channels, notably the weblogs, but some things have been slipping through the cracks, so let's try to catch up with today's daily blog. Most significantly, Sun...