Last night I browsed the just released November-December issue of Java Magazine from cover to cover. To say that I'm "impressed" would be a huge understatement. Now, it's true that I made some contributions (to the "Java Nation" section) -- but I still count myself an unbiased observor of the rest of the issue, which I was seeing for the first time...
Last night I browsed the just released November-December issue of Java Magazine  from cover to cover. To say that I'm "impressed" would be a huge understatement. Now, it's true that I made some contributions (to the "Java Nation" section) -- but I still count myself an unbiased observor of the rest of the issue, which I was seeing for the first time. That's what really impresses me.
The organizing forces behind Java Magazine are Senior Managing Editor Caroline Kvitka and Oracle Technology Network leader Justin Kestelyn . For issue 2 (the first issue came out around the time of Java 7's release), they've put together a selection of news items and technical articles that covers the breadth of the Java realm (from mobile devices to the enterprise), and also speaks to the broad range of Java/JVM developers (from beginners to highly-experienced architects). The November-December 2011 Java Magazine is only 58 pages long (PDF), but it's chock full of substantive content.
A quick look at the roster of authors and the articles they contributed illustrates my point:
Do you see what I mean? No matter what your area of fundamental interest in Java and the JVM is, there's some very interesting content in the Nov-Dec Java Magazine  awaiting you. And, beyond your area of fundamental interest, the magazine provides an opportunity to keep up on other regions within the Java/JVM global realm.
I'm quite impressed! (Oh, did I say that already?)
I'm sure some developers had negative thoughts when they first heard about Java Magazine. "Oh, Oracle's making a Java magazine to try to make us like them, and manipulate us into ..." Sure, Java Magazine is a slick publication. But it's also one of the most professionally rendered content-dense developer-centric technology magazines I've ever seen -- and I've been around, subscribing to magazines aimed at software engineers, beyond 3 decades now (I remember the early issues of Byte ).
If you're a Java/JVM developer, I don't think it makes sense not to be a Java Magazine  subscriber. As they say, the train has left the station, and in the case of Java Magazine, it's carrying successful Java start-ups, Java Champions, the Spec Leads who are leading Java's forward evolution... Make your own choice, but I'm glad I subscribe.
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Our latest java.net href="http://www.java.net/archive/spotlight">Spotlight is the November-December issue of Java Magazine :
You can subscribe to Java Magazine  for free. The November/December 2011 issue features Java Nation (news, events, happenings), articles by Max Bonbhel, Michael Huettermann, Adam Bien, Alex Buckley, Vikram Goyal, and more...
Before that, we featured Markus Eisele'sThe Heroes of Java: Michael Hüttermann :
Michael Hüttermann is a developer and coach on Java/JEE, SCM/ALM, SDLC-Tooling and agile software development. A Java Champion, he is certified as SCJA, SCJP, SCJD and SCWCD, a member of the JCP and Agile Alliance, java.net JUGs Community Leader and founder of the Cologne Java User Group...
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