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Blog Archive for editor during November 2007

Friends and relations join the OpenJDK effort So what is OpenJDK? Increasingly, it's not just the effort behind the GPL Java 7, but a collection of related projects working around that GPL code base. A few months back, Red Hat started the Iced Tea project to take the existing OpenJDK source and work through the encumbrances through the use of free software from GNU Classspath. So that's a...
The nitty-gritty on buildng the JDK After a long hiatus, The Open Road, our series on the open-source development of the next version on Java, continues today with a very practical question: just how the heck do you build this thing? The answer, for now anyways, is "with a lot of patience and effort." Author and Café au Lait founder Elliotte Rusty Harold took a whack at checking...
Tomorrow's chat in Second Life I got a brief note from the java.sun.com people about a virtual event to be held tomorrow in Second Life, so I finally got around to signing up for an account and downloading the software. And that's why this blog is late this morning -- it took a while to create my avatar (that's "Invalidname Schism" to you) and to make him properly reflect my weight and lack...
Help the beginners figure out autoboxing Sometimes the "Not-So-Stupid" question is a discussion-starter, with lots of ways the question can be answered. But other times, there really is something of a "correct" answer, and the existence of the question gets at the idea of why this answer isn't easier to find. Consider today's not-so-stupid question, presented as our Feature Article, (Not So...
Will your code outlive you? First off, if you didn't check the page yesterday, perhaps because of the Thanksgiving holiday in the U.S., then go back to the archive and read up on the early draft of JSR-294 (superpackages) and a Java-compatible runtime running on the iPhone. Now, as for today. Talking with some former colleagues, I was surprised to find that stuff I'd written years ago was...
Yes, we're still around on a US holiday It's Thanksgiving in the United States, but business as usual pretty much everywhere else, so on occasions like these, we still like to keep the editorial parts of the site updated as usual. It's not like we turn off Subversion and say "go watch parades and football", so why do the same with the front page? Pity, though, that any Americans who don't...
Java 6 for Mac, but not from Apple? Coming out of all the anger and disappointment of Apple shipping Leopard without Java 6 were several cries of "maybe the open source community should just take over." This was an option on a poll we did on the topic, and 11.6% of respondents preferred the open source community over Apple and Sun as their Java providers. Well, with an Apple-developed...
Short week for US members One of the long-standing in-house rules that I observe for the editorial side of the site is something that Daniel Steinberg was doing as the original editor of the site, and that is that we don't shut down for U.S.-only holidays. One of them, Thanksgiving, is this coming Thursday, and despite that, you can still look forward to a regularly updated page that day,...