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Blog Archive for editor during November 2011

Geertjan Wielenga's recent post What is Happening vs. What is Interesting immediately caught my interest. The opening paragraph is: Devoxx 2011 was yet another confirmation that all development everywhere is either on the web or on mobile phones. Whether you looked at the conference schedule or attended sessions or talked to speakers at any point at all, it was very clear that no development...
I was pleased to be able to meet the JFrog team in the JavaOne 2011 Exhibition Hall. If you're not familiar with JFrog, and you're a member or leader of a Java development team, and you employ automated build tools, and regularly produce releases for your user community -- you probably should read on! JFrog won a Duke's Choice Award at last month's JavaOne for their Artifactory repository manager...
One indicator of the recent history of Java is the fact that four and a half years elapsed between the 7th edition of Herbert Schildt's "Java: The Complete Reference" and the 8th edition, which came out this past June. I've been browsing the new edition, which includes Java 7, and I'm finding doing so quite enjoyable! Herbert Schildt has written comprehensive guides to C, C++, and C# in...
Last night I browsed the just released November-December issue of Java Magazine from cover to cover. To say that I'm "impressed" would be a huge understatement. Now, it's true that I made some contributions (to the "Java Nation" section) -- but I still count myself an unbiased observor of the rest of the issue, which I was seeing for the first time. That's what really impresses me. The...
My previous "State of Java" posts highlighted JUG-AFRICA and the JCP's new openness. In this post, I talk about the new cooperation between JUGs and the JCP, which is exemplified by the Adopt-a-JSR initiative. Looking at Java's history, both the JCP and Java User Groups have been around for a very long time. Yet, active engagement between the two has only started to happen now. Why is this the...
At next week's DEVOXX conference, Henrik Ståhl and Cameron Purdy will be interviewed live. In case you don't recognize the names: Henrik Ståhl is a Senior Director of Product Management at Oracle, overseeing planning and strategy for the Java Platform; Cameron Purdy is Vice President of Development at Oracle, responsible for the Java EE platform, web server and application server products. If...
After the Monday keynote at JavaOne 2011, I attended a panel session titled "JCP and the Developer Community." I noted a simple statistic at the time, and this still signifies for me how the relationship of the JCP to the broader Java community is changing. The stat? The first 19 minutes of the one-hour session consisted of a brief presentation by JCP Chair Patrick Curran and introductory...
I was fortunate to be able to attend JavaOne this year. There I perceived a new energy, focus, and momentum within the Java community that hasn't been evident in many years. So, at JavaOne, I decided to write a series of blog posts describing what I was seeing. There's a lot to write about, and I'd like to give each element the coverage it deserves, so you can expect this to be a rather long...