The last page on the latest issue of IEEE Spectrum attracted my attention since it was about the popularity of programming languages. The page was made of four pictures taken from langpop.com, which makes popularity figures out of multiple sources:
I've just left a meeting where the PM congratulated the team because the customer accepted a product release that was made with three weeks in advance of the original plan. First, thank to the developers' team. Second, thank to the good development process (people and process are always the important things, more than technology).
A number of things are being changed in the infrastructure of Tidalwave projects:
Geertjan Wielenga (Oracle) and Toni Eppleton (NetBeans Dream Team) are going to give a certified training course about the NetBeans Platform. Please have a look here for more information and online registration.
The past week Markus Eisele notified that on Aug 31 an new release of JDK 1.7.0 was released, fixing the bugs that caused so much noise a few months ago.
I'm an advocate of statically typed language since... the origin of times. You may agree or disagree. But this Tiobe graph clearly speaks to me:
I tried my first CMS circa 2004, when I created the first website for the blueMarine project. I remember that at the time I searched for a Java-based CMS, but the landscape was almost a desert; so I reverted to a PHP-based product, Mambo.
A few days ago Java 7 has been released and there has been some discussion about a few critical bugs discovered by the Lucene team. As usual, the thing got amplified by some other blogs and media, with titles such as "Don't use Java 7" or "Java 7 is buggy".
Lombok and AspectJ are two very powerful Java tools, working in a similar way for some respects. In fact, they operate on the bytecode (Lombok is an annotation processor, generating boilerplate code when some annotations are found and aspects are a way to add behaviour to classes).