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Blog Archive for editor during March 2011

The Java SE 7 Developer Preview Release came out a few weeks ago. The development team was hopeful that people would download and test the release on their favorite apps, and try out some of the new features. Our current java.net poll asks if you chose to do so. Specifically, the poll asks: To what extent have you worked with the Java SE 7 Developer Preview Release? The poll went live this...
I've been in contact with quite a few people recently regarding upcoming conferences (see the java.net Events Calendar for near-term events). There are major conferences and events that will take place in the next few months around the world. It seems to me that, in terms of conferences, Java is spreading out across the world, compared with what was the case just a few years ago. We no longer...
At the recent OTN Java Developer Day in Boston (US), during his presentation "Java SE - The road forward, 2011 edition," Danny Coward took some time to talk about the new scripting features in Java SE 7. In a little demonstration, he showed a code snippet that begins with import javax.script.x and continues with creating a script engine (for example, for Javascript). The objective of the new API...
A few weeks ago I attended a Java-centric OTN Developer Day in Boston, MA (US). As I said in my initial blog about this, I found the sessions very interesting and took lots of notes. I hadn't really thought much about the relationships between Java SE, the OpenJDK project, and the JCP in the past. Or, perhaps it's more correct to say that I had some vague notions, but had never taken the time...
The latest two java.net polls ask developers about the Java language enhancements that are part of Java 7 (the Java SE 7 Developer Preview is available for download now; the formal release will come in just a few months). Last week's poll asked What's the most important Java 7 enhancement for the work you do? The majority voted for Project Coin (JSR 334). As a result, the current poll follows up...
I received an email a few days ago about this year's Open Source Convention (OSCON), and was surprised to see some new additions to this year's conference: the OSCON Data and OSCON Java co-conferences! I only attended OSCON once -- back in 2008 when, working with O'Reilly and Intel, I participated as editor/blogger for the new ThreadingBuildingBlocks open source project -- but even based on...
Two weeks ago, the Java SE 7 Developer Preview was released. This release is feature-complete, stable, and ready for testing. As Mark Reinhold noted, the Java 7 team is seeking input from the Java community regarding the Developer Preview release. While the release has been well-exercised by the development team, exposing it to the much broader world of global Java apps is sure to point out...
Our new poll originates from the "Java SE - the Road Forward, 2011 Edition" presentation at last week's OTN Java Developer Day in Boston, MA (US). The presentation, given by Danny Coward, highlighted four areas of significant enhancement in Java 7: Project Coin (JSR 334) InvokeDynamic (JSR 292) Lightweight Fork/Join Framework (JSR 166y) More New I/O (JSR 203) Our new poll provides these as...
This week I'm featuring news from the Columbia Maryland JUG, the LA JUG, the London Java Community, the Silicon Valley Web JUG, and Java User Group Latvia. First and foremost, the Columbia, Maryland (US) JUG is looking for a speaker/presenter for their next meeting. JUG leader Edward Moffatt says: Folks, I'm trying to find someone to speak at the next Columbia, Maryland Java User Group. The...
This morning I got up much earlier than usual, because I wanted to get to the OTN Java Developer Day in Boston (MA, US) in time to hear the keynote. I ended up spending much more time in my car than I'd hoped -- but the trip was very much worth the effort! I got to see the end of the keynote address, I attended two of the morning sessions, had a quick lunch, then had to run. I took copious notes...