It's the end of the year, and many are writing blogs and articles highlighting the top news of the year. I thought about that for a while, then decided that in a sense the most important present day news for Java/JVM developers is actually the current state of Java, compared with where we worried we might have been just a few years ago.
In the most recently completed Java.net poll, developers suggested that, yes, they're aware of "Big Data" and its implications, but overall they're not all that surprised at what they're seeing in that area. A plurality of votes went to "It was bound to happen, given today's powerful computers, it's no big surprise"...
JFrog's Bintray, Part 1: the Non-Trivial Problem of Developing an Infrastructure to Reliably Serve Software Binaries