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Blog Archive for editor during October 2007

Will you make your voice heard in the JCP? Our current poll suggests that most of the java.net community isn't following the 2007 Java Community Process elections very closely. And that's too bad, because some of the same people who aren't paying attention will probably complain if they don't agree with what the JCP produces in terms of a properties API or a closures proposal for Java 7....
Real world verus pretty architecture, guess who wins? Reading Eoin Woods' Avoiding the Icebergs: Top 10 Software Architecture Mistakes was like a flashback movie for me, of decisions and oversights I'd love to have back. Whether you read the whole two part article (1, 2) or just the InfoQ summary, I'll bet you'll feel the same way. For example, I read point 4, "Box and Line Descriptions...
James Gosling ends his Mac-using era Cited on an Apple PR page for his use and evangelism of Mac OS X, and having written that he "tend[s] to think of OSX and Linux with QA and Taste", James Gosling says he's moving on. His latest blog compares Solaris and OSX, and he explains why he's now chosen the former over the latter. I loved Tom Yeager's article The next best thing to OS X. As...
New movement on Java alternatives running on the JVM Wow, the stuff I'm getting through the back channel lately. Earlier in the week, Dalibor Topic (aka, robilad), sent me an interesting link from the OpenJDK project's announcements list, basically proposing a formal effort to prototype better support for non-Java languages as part of the HotSpot project. Specifically, in Project proposal...
When am I supposed to be able to listen to all these Java podcasts? From the Problems You'd Like To Have file, I think there may now be more good Java podcasts than it is actually possible to keep up with. Certainly for me, since I don't have a daily commute and I find I can't work on words (i.e., I can't edit or write) while listening to spoken-word podcasts. Almost makes me wish I drove a...
Can the community get Java on the One Laptop Per Child computer? In a new editorial, Java, the OLPC, and community responsibility, Javalobby founder Rick Ross seeks to rally the troops to help get Java on the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) computer, the low-cost laptop targeted at the developing world. "It doesn't already have Java?", you might ask, even given that the OLPC is Linux-based and...
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Who's running for the JCP seats, and will you join them? I was listening to the Java Posse last night, and I think they got a key point on the JCP 2007 Elections wrong when they speculated about the nature of this week's ratified voting, speculating that this voting is for the individuals who represent certain organizations and companies. Well, I just cast my votes for the ratified phase,...
Open governance updates from NetBeans and OpenJDK One of the things that didn't get a great deal of attention alongside the GPL'ing of Sun's Java implementation (in the form of the OpenJDK project), was the formation of a governance board of two Sun employees and three outsiders, who were charged with drafting a constitution for the OpenJDK community. This formal process is backed up with a...
From the lowest-level language to one of the highest Understand and believe that when articles are proposed, I do make the author justify "why it matters" to readers, so that you don't see 2,000-word treatises on concepts of purely academic interest with little or no practical application. I bring this up because the premise of today's new article -- calling Java from assembly language --...
Slashdot founder reveals why he hates Java Oh sure, it's cool to hate Slashdot, but I read it every day, and so do many people in our field. I indulged one of their tenth anniversary stories the other day, largely interested in how the site's story tracks back to founder Rob "CmdrTaco" Malda's days at Hope College, my wife's alma mater. In A Brief History of Slashdot Part 1, Chips &...