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Blog Archive for editor during January 2011

Have you voted in the current java.net poll yet? The poll asks Which area of Java/JVM technology most desperately needs serious attention in 2011? There has been plenty of recent discussion about new directions and areas of focus for Java platform development for the coming year and beyond. But, are the areas that are being discussed the areas that developers consider to need the most...
This past week's poll asked developers to complete the sentence "Java's Best Days Are..." The voting did not produce a clear result. A total of 277 votes were cast, with the following results: Java's Best Days Are... 26% (73 votes) - Ahead of it 22% (61 votes) - Right now 36% (101 votes) - Behind it 15% (42 votes) - I don't know While 36% of voters say Java's best days are behind it, 48%...
I just registered for CodeFest '11, the international coding festival organized by the Department of Computer Engineering, at the Institude of Technology, Banaras Hindu University (IT-BHU, located in Varanasi,India). This is the second annual CodeFest. Last year's edition brought 2345 registrations, including 128 professions (most of the registrants are college students). CodeFest '11 as planned...
Last night, at the Portland Java User Group's first meeting of the new year, Merlyn Albery-Speyer was scheduled to speak about Gradle, the project automation tool. Or, rather than speak, Merlyn's plan was to engage the audience in live experimentation with Gradle. In the preview for his visit, Merlyn wrote: For this session, there won't be any slides. I'm also not going to stand up and talk at...
Despite all the commotion and publicly displayed displeasure regarding recent events in the Java world, developers who participated in last week's java.net poll overwhelmingly recommend learning Java to developers who are seeking to add a language to their programming repertoire. A total of 331 votes were cast, with the following results: Would you recommend learning Java to today's college...
While the HotSpot JVM provides developers with a powerful set of JVM options, the documentation that's provided for the options is, in the words of Zahid Qureshi, "criminally short and non-comprehensive." However, Zahid isn't one to simply complain and walk away. Instead, he took the time to thoroughly investigate the HotSpot JVM options, and he presents the results of his study and analysis in...
A plurality of voters in last week's poll considered the completion of Oracle's acquisition of Sun Microsystems the most significant Java-related news of 2010. But other news items also attracted considerable numbers of votes; and news that was not among the poll options was also posted in the comments section. A total of 269 votes were cast, and three comments were posted. The exact question...
On Friday, Harold Ogle of the JCP announced new activity in JSR 302 (Safety Critical JavaTM Technology) and JSR 315 (JavaTM Servlet 3.0 Specification). The blog post "JSR 302: Early Draft Review - Safety Critical Java Technology" announces that the JSR 302 Expert Group: has published a draft specification for Early Draft Review (also removing the Inactive status flag). The review is scheduled...
If the voting in last week's java.net poll are indicative of what the broader Java developer community is thinking (the poll, of course, is not scientific), then the events of 2010 didn't ally much of the concern developers have regarding Java's future. A total of 339 votes were cast, and 5 comments, expressing a variety of views, were posted. Here's the exact poll question and results: Are...
Josh Marinacci has announced that a new version of Leonardo Sketch is now available: Ruby Red Remixed. Leonardo is: an open source vector drawing program named after the 15th century painter, but aimed for the 21st century user. It focuses on common tasks like mockups, prototyping, quick vector sketches, and presentations with a clean and consistent user interface. Leo is designed to be...