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Blog Archive for editor during February 2014

In the last-completed Java.net poll, the Java/JVM developer community indicated that, despite rumors that "the desktop" is disappearing into "the cloud," when it comes to hammering out code they prefer to work using a desktop-based Integrated Development Environment (IDE), and hope that the mid-term future evolution of IDEs is desktop-centric. The desktop may be becoming more specialized, used...
You may notice that our current Java.net poll and our last Java.net poll are both related to Java IDEs. The current poll ends this Friday, February 21, and I'd like the next several polls to remain on the topic of Java tools. So, here's your opportunity to help! We've already covered IDEs, so now it's time to move into different categories of tools. For example, there could be a poll about...
For years there has been a recognized "Big 3" with respect to IDEs used by Java/JVM developers. Each IDE has added new features along the way, and many of the improvements are great. But, truth be told, once a developer has invested significant time working with a particular tool, their efficiency is (at least temporarily) compromised if they decide to switch to a different tool. Not only does...
The January/February 2014 issue of Java Magazine came out recently. This issue focuses on Big Data, which for very good reasons is receiving lots of attention. Based on the several decades I've spent working on mathematical modeling software and scientific data analysis, I have absolutely no doubt that the combination of Big Data techniques on the one hand, and inexpensive sensors (think...