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Blog Archive for johnm during December 2003

Rather than being forced to register at JavaLobby to be able to get access to the release, you can download the Java 2 SDK, Standard Edition v1.5.0 alpha release directly from Sun. People interested in the JSR-166 Concurrency additions should note that the Tiger alpha release does not contain the latest version of the package. You can get the latest version from the JSR 166 resources web site.
Check out my Artima blog entry, Deconstructing the Cmabirgde Uinervtisy Rschereach Sramlcbe, wherein the wild meme: Aoccdrnig to a rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it deosn't mttaer in waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, the olny iprmoetnt tihng is taht the frist and lsat ltteer be at the rghit pclae. The rset can be a toatl mses and you can sitll raed it wouthit porbelm. Tihs is bcuseae...
Greg Wilkins, creator of the open-source Jetty servlet engine, spouts off in his blog about why he thinks that Servlets must DIE! Slowly!! It's hard to argue that the servlet specification isn't full of cruft and that the servlet expert group of the JCP should take a major refactoring approach for the 3.0 version of the Servlets specification. However, does Greg's notion of "Contentlets" make...
Jim Cushing talks about three phases in his Personal Progress blog today: Inquisitive, Complacent, and Emboldened. I often find it more productive to look at the stages of personal progress via the classic growth cycle of childhood, adolescence, adulthood, and senescence. Alas, when I look at things that way, I sometimes get sad since I see that (all too many people and organizations in) our...
Philip Brittan blogs about his various articles dealing with Security Strategies. State is the second worst thing in distributed computing. No state is the worst. --John Ousterhout
Erik Hatcher writes Velocity: Fast Track to Templating -- a nice and quick introduction to the Apache Group's Velocity Templating engine.
Here are a couple of recent articles with recommendations of Java exception handling practices... From onjava.com, Gunjan Doshi gives us his Best Practices for Exception Handling. From java.net, Jim Cushing gives us hisThree Rules for Effective Exception Handling. The questions of what, where, and why are spot on.
The Hibernate project has released version 2.1 of their open-source (LGPL) object/relational persistence system. Hibernate v2.1's claims to fame are Query-by-Criteria, Query-by-Example, and pluggable high-level caching support.
Earlier this week, I blogged about Microsoft phasing out products which depend on Java. Well, the agile marketing arm of Microsoft has flexed its muscles again with... Microsoft Clarifies Intentions to Retire JVM-Based Products. Basically, all they have done is pushed the drop dead date back one measely week and are more precise about which products are getting whacked. Yawn.
There's a big thread over on /. about the "Java Desktop System". Note clearly that the thread contains the typically low signal-to-noise ratio that /. is so famous for. You have been warned! :-)