The building blocks of Mustang
First off, your eyes / glasses / contact lenses are not fooling you: the colors on java.net have changed. The new look is meant to help distinguish java.net as an independent site, which it is, as well as be attractive in its own right. Let us know what you think in the talkbacks below.
Re-appreciating Java style and conventions
So I'm working on a project that will eventually be open-sourced here on java.net if I can get the time to get enough interesting code working... no, I don't want to give away too much yet... and it involves working with straight C, so I can expose some stuff to Java.
Perl? Java? Yes!
Perl and Java seem like unlikely bedfellows. If you measure lines of code, I think Java gets interesting right about the point that Perl stops being manageable. As always with these generalizations, your mileage may vary. Still, that's one of the reasons we have many different languages, each with their own sweet spots of functionality.
Apple offered two surprise BoF's at JavaOne - a "surprise" because they hadn't previously been announced or expected and just appeared in the addendum and corrections to the JavaOne show schedule. Still, about a hundred developers managed to find their way over to the Marriott to see the show.