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Blog Archive for editor during April 2010

This past week's java.net poll and the poll that preceded it asked people about the number of desktop computers and Internet-capable portable devices they own, respectively. The results were surprisingly similar. I plan to re-ask these questions periodically so we can observe the trends over time. 328 votes were cast in last week's poll. The exact question and results were: How many desktop...
Jean-Francois Arcand informs us that the new Atlassian JIRA Studio Activity Bar is powered by the Atmosphere Framework. Atmosphere is a java.net project that Jean-Francois has frequently written about in the past, as he has been a major contributor to the project. Jean-Francois tells us: Last week Atlassian released their new JIRA Studio, which is a hosted software development suite that...
We've just published a new article by Dibyendu Roy, Rethinking Multi-Threaded Design Principles, Part 2. In this article, Dibyendu presents and overview of the laws and principles that relate to application speed-up due to multithreading, then he talks about locks and non-blocking operations and their impact. If you've worked with multithreaded development, your probably familiar with Amdahl's...
James Gosling has left Oracle, saying it's time to move on... A whole lot of people have left Sun since the acquisition by Oracle was announced. Some of those people left Sun out of fear that their jobs would be eliminated (one supposedly expert financial analyst warned that 50% of Sun employees would lose their jobs -- that type of "news" will make people want to pack up and leave a company)....
This week's java.net Spotlight is Replays for GlassFish Roadmap Now Available, which was recently posted by Eduardo Pelegri-Llopart on TheAquarium blog: The replays from our presentation on the GlassFish Roadmap are now available in different formats, including SlideCast (Slides with synchronized audio): • PDF and FAQ • Direct PDF link • SlideCast English, French, Spanish...
The results of last week's java.net poll produced a Poisson-like distribution -- which suggests that perhaps the results of the non-scientific survey have some legitimacy, since we'd expect the actual number of Internet-capable devices that developers own to follow a Poisson-like distribution (that makes sense to me, anyway). A total of 284 votes were cast. Here's the exact question and the...
Stephen Chin has announced the release of JFXtras 0.6 Final. JFXtras, the largest third party JavaFX add-ons library, is an open source project hosted at Google Code. There is also a JFXtras Community Site, a central location where people can gather to "develop, discuss, and extend the JavaFX platform." Stephen opens his JFXtras 0.6 announcement with: I am pleased to announce the 0.6 release...
In my situation (30+ years into a software engineering career), one thing I plan for is reduced income in the future. Because of that, I've taken up gardening in recent years. I figure that as my income drops, I can replace some of the lost dollars by purchasing seeds and working the land (we're fortunate to own some acres of it) to produce vegetables and fruit, rather than having to pay for...
Arun Gupta has reached the Number 125 milestone in his Tip Of The Day (TOTD) series. The new entry is titled TOTD #125: Creating an OSGi bundles using NetBeans and deploying in GlassFish. Arun begins his discussion by noting similarities between NetBeans modules (NBM) and OSGi (aka "the dynamic module system for Java): NetBeans has a modular architecture where each module is created as an NBM...
Our java.net spotlight this week is Ed Burnette's interview with former JCP Executive Committee member Tony de la Lama. The topic of the interview is "What does the future hold for the Java Community Process (JCP)?" Recently, I discussed the topic with Tony de la Lama, senior vice president of research and development, at Embarcadero Technologies. Tony was a JCP founding executive...