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Blog Archive for editor during November 2009

The surprise announcement at Devoxx that closures will be included in Java 7 has dominated most discussion related to the conference. However, in My Devoxx Discoveries of the Year, Sebastien Arbogast focuses on some of the other interesting happenings at this year's conference. So, I've made his post this week's java.net Spotlight feature. Sebastien is a long-time Devoxx attendee, and he...
Slightly more than half of respondants to last week's java.net poll believe that closures will improve Java. A total of 365 votes were cast. The exact poll question and results were: What do you think about closures in JDK 7? 51% (185 votes) - Closures will improve Java 12% (44 votes) - I was/am opposed to closures in Java 14% (50 votes) - Where was the community process in this decision? 9...
You may have noticed a new item in the "Get Involved" section at the upper left of the java.net home page: Java.net Enhancements. This is a new feature that's been added as a way to enable the broader java.net community to identify potential enhancements to java.net that are most important. The Java.net Future Enhancements provides many different ways of looking at enhancements that are being...
I was surprised to read, in Mark Reinhold's post "There's not a moment to lose!", that the primary objective, or use case, behind Sun's sudden desire to add closures to Java is multi-core processors. I mean, it's not like multi-core processors are a brand new development, a stunning revolutionary technology that has popped up out of nowhere! Mark cites Herb Sutter's March 2005 Dr. Dobb's...
In Java Today, we highlight Stephen Colebourne's new blog post, More detail on Closures in JDK 7. In this informative post, Stephen talks about the announcement by Sun's Mark Reinhold at Devoxx last week (closures will be included in JDK 7) and "subsequent information that has become apparent." Stephen speaks with authority on this topic, as he is co-author of one of the major Java closures...
Terrence Barr highlights the Java Card 3.0 Connected Edition in this week's java.net Spotlight: Java Card 3.0 was released a couple of months ago - and the second update (version 3.0.2) is scheduled for December. If you haven't paid much attention to Java on smart cards because you thought it's not "real" Java - well, look again. Terrence points out that the limitations in Java Card 2 are in...
This past week's poll suggests that Java User Groups have a substantial impact and play an important organizational role within the Java developer community. A total of 293 votes were cast in the poll. Here are the exact question and the results: Do you belong to a Java User Group? 22% (65 votes) - Yes, and I actively participate 26% (75 votes) - Yes 5% (15 votes) - No, but I sometimes...
Conferences typically include some surprise announcements, usually by corporate sponsors of the conference. But a great many developers were astonished by the unexpected news from DEVOXX '09 that JDK 7 will include closures. Here's an image (resized smaller) that I found in Alex Miller's post Closures after all? Mark Reinhold at Devoxx: Closures in JDK 7 Alex isn't at DEVOXX, but I think he...
Today's java.net home page features two Java Today items and one java.net blog that cover different aspects of Java EE. Adam Bien writes about the current state of adoption of EJB 3 / Java EE; peligri covers the JavaEE 6 specs that have been submitted to the Executive Committee; and Masoud Kalili provides an overview on the state of open source Java EE app servers. At this past JavaOne, I...
As you can see in Java Today, the Java Tools Community is providing Devoxx live coverage! via http://twitter.com/javatools. Twitter coverage of conferences seems to be overtaking blogging, at least for as-it-happens coverage. If you go to the DEVOXX 2009 home page, you see "#Devoxx Tweets" prominently occupying the left column of the page. Meanwhile, a search for Devoxx posts at Technorati or...