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Blog Archive for editor during February 2010

Developers who posted comments to last week's java.net poll are sending a clear warning to the hierarchy that is deciding how and where to allocate future resources and effort for developing and enhancing Java. The poll (ostensibly about Java 7 objectives) attracted considerable attention from the java.net community: a total of 518 votes were cast; furthermore, six thoughtful comments were...
Web 2.0 is a title that has been used to describe the generation of the World Wide Web that began with sites such as Flickr, MySpace, and Digg, and web technologies like web services, blogging, RSS syndication, and wikis. A defining aspect of Web 2.0 versus Web 1.0 is an increased level of participation by community members, and increased interaction between the authors of web pages and the...
As the final day of JAX London nears its close, it seems like a good time to browse the jaxlondon tweets to see what people have considered notable and quotable about the conference. Unfortunately, I was not able to be in live attendance. I really hope to be able to go to more conferences in the future. Someone has to resurrect the nearly lost art of "live blogging" at conferences -- and it...
Prior to a few days ago, when I thought about JDBC, I thought I was thinking about a problem that has been solved. Our latest java.net article, Has JDBC Kept up with Enterprise Requirements? by Jesse Davis, has eliminated that kind of thinking for me. It shouldn't be a surprise that, as technology advances, problems that were "solved" may eventually become new unsolved problems. But......
Can grid computing save the world? The mere fact that grid computing exists will not be sufficient in itself. However, Choo Jun Tan, founder of the java.net Mobile Desktop Grid (MDG) project, believes that harnessing available global clustered computing resources, so that they can be effectively utilized by researchers and engineers, is a major step in the right direction. The MDG project...
This past Tuesday, Justin Kestelyn of the Oracle Technology Network interviewed Mark Reinhold about Java 7, in a live Tech Cast (see my Wednesday Editor's blog for a brief summary). In the interview, Mark cited four areas of improvement / enhancement that Java 7 is intended to address: Modularity Multilingual support Language productivity Performance The new java.net poll asks your opinion...
Joe Darcy has announced OpenJDK 6: b18 Source Bundle Published. This is the first release that implements the new delivery model for JAXP and JAX-WS, which Joe wrote about a couple weeks ago and last August. In his August entry, Joe explained the problem that was driving the switch to a new component delivery model: The JDK includes many logically distinct sets of APIs. Some of the APIs...
Yesterday, in a live Tech Cast event on the Oracle Technology Network (OTN), Justin Kestelyn interviewed Mark Reinhold. The interview is currently available in full bandwidth, and it will be available in Brightcove and audio-only versions within the next few days. [Note: a lower bandwidth edition is now available at https://channelsun.sun.com/media/show/15028.] If you are familiar with Mark's...
We've just published a java.net new article, in our Java Tech series: Web Service Simulation Using Servlets, by Adhir Mehta. In this article, Adhir demonstrates the concept of using servlets during the project development stage to simulate the responses that a live web service would provide. Adhir explains: Web service simulation is a growing need for every web service based assignment. Many of...
In this week's java.net Spotlight, we're highlighting Aaron Tersteeg's Parallel Programming Talk show, which is broadcast every Tuesday at 8:00 AM US Pacific Time (16:00 GMT). This past week's show featured Dr. Danny Dig of the University of Illinois. The topic of discussion was "Refactoring (Parallelizing) Java Applications." A few weeks ago, Paul Guermonprez was Aaron's guest, with the topic...