A few days ago, I received my email announcing that the premiere edition of Java Magazine is now available. The magazine is published bi-monthly in digital and mobile formats, and subscriptions are free...
A few days ago, I received my email announcing that the premiere edition of Java Magazine  is now available. The magazine is published bi-monthly in digital and mobile formats, and subscriptions  are free.
I wasn't entirely sure what to expect from Java Magazine. I contributed some of the community-related content in the "Java Nation" section, but I didn't have any inside information on what the rest of the magazine was going to be like.
Over the decades, I had subscribed to a great many technology-related magazines in print format, many of them for free (provided that I updated my professional information once a year or so). But I slowly let most of those subscriptions drop away, as the internet became a more prominent and convenient source of technology information and news. So, initially, Java Magazine sounded to me like it might be a new incarnation of something that had had a hey-day when technology magazines were still published primarily in print form. Having perused the first issue, I can report that Java Magazine is much more than that.
The role of all print media, and even of online newspapers and magazines, is changing rapidly. A question is: do we need any of it in an age where news and links of interest are transmitted rapidly across the world through 140-character tweets?
My answer is a resounding yes! And, in my opinion, the need becomes more substantial with each passing day.
Firing off a dozen tweets containing your latest momentary thoughts is not the same thing as sitting back, thinking about a topic, thinking about the various aspects that are relevant, and those which are not, trying to inspect the evidence, learn something new, and express that in the form of a reasoned blog post.
So, getting back to Java Magazine: it attempts exactly that type of stepping back from the information blur, looking at what's happening from an above-the-fray viewpoint, seeing the broader strokes of what's happening, and analyzing or portraying a view of the significance of it all. I think O'Reilly Radar  has a similar objective, though across a broader technology spectrum.
If you're a professional, or a beginner, and you'd like to take a look at what's happening in the Java/JVM universe in the same way you might pick up your Kindle or Nook or iPad, sit back on a couch, relax, and find out what all the fuss is over The Tiger's Wife: A Novel  -- if Java and programming technology are your "cup of tea" as opposed to fiction, relaxing as you browse Java Magazine  on a Sunday afternoon is something you should consider.
What's in the first issue? I'll duplicate the Table of Contents, so you can see in broad strokes what you'll get if you subscribe.
To me, that's an impressive, broad, relevant set of topics. It's not news that will be relevant only for the next couple hours. It's a presentation of topics that Java/JVM developers on all platforms need to be thinking about as they move their projects--and their careers--forward at this point in technology history.
So, yes, it's Sunday, it's afternoon in Europe and Africa as I write this, it will be afternoon in the Americas soon -- grab a Java Magazine subscription , sit back, put on the the 2014 World Cup draw, or the Red Sox (what I'll be doing), and start perusing. And for my friends for whom it's already Monday, when you have a break and a chance to relax, consider doing something similar.
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