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Blog Archive for editor during September 2007

Tuned in to the perpetual back-channel conversation It seems there's plenty of places to turn for information about technology, and Java in particular, but how do you filter out the junk -- the ads, the cross-posts, the calls for help from people who are in hopelessly over their heads -- and just find the good stuff? Social networks help, knowing who you're talking to and assessing their...
How to reduce the gap between your interests and our activities So, Josh Marinacci did something remarkably open and democratic a few weeks back. In a blog, he said, you vote for your favorite article and I'll write it. Today, he's back and reports that The votes are in: Before I get to the results themselves I must say that I was quite surprised by the response. 34 comments with some...
Busy day in the forums We used to run two items a day from the forums on the front page, and last year, I decided to experiment with putting three up there, to see if it improved traffic or the variety of posts. Now that's a very subjective topic, but I did think that after a while, it got easier to find three good posts to use, messages that had interesting short excerpts, weren't...
On not judging books by their covers Friday's blog about coding versus writing was in part responsible for the current poll, which asks "Which factor is most important in choosing a book on a Java topic?" Unintentionally or not, all the factors I chose as responses are external in nature, things you could know without actually opening the book (though the "what people are saying about it"...
Can good programmers be good writers, and vice versa? JRuby co-lead developer Charles Nutter has kicked up a contentious discussion with a recent blog wondering Are Authors Technological Poseurs? His argument, in a nutshell, rests on his assertion that "good authors do not have time to be good developers": What brings me to this conclusion is the growing realization that working on a...
Why program in one language when you can use two? Presumably, by this point, everyone's sufficiently comfortable with the idea of running scripting languages in Java, as formalized by Java SE 6's javax.script package, that we can all look beyond the novelty of running a scripting language on the JVM and get into the bigger question of what you can do with this ability. It's one thing to...
Java on devices other than phones, PCs, and servers We're all so used to the success stories of Java on phones and servers that we sometimes overlook other places where the JVM could provide some value. Lots of devices need custom software, which could be written in any appropriate bytecode, but if you get into issues where the devices start to communicate, or you want equivalent behavior...
GlassFish v2 and NetBeans 6 beta make their debuts As expected, GlassFish and the NetBeans 6.0 beta were released yesterday. At the moment, there seems to be a little more talk about the GlassFish release, as it's a final (as opposed to a beta) and because there's just so much stuff in this release. A GlassFish v2 Launch Roundup page collects links from all over the web: technical and...
Awaiting the debuts of GlassFish v2 and NetBeans 6 beta After a long time in development, and an escalating series of pre-releases, this looks to be the week that we see major releases from the GlassFish and NetBeans projects. Everything's vapor until it ships, of course, but even the major industry magazines like eWeek are spotlighting the anticipated release of GlassFish v2 and the...