Java and Linux, Joined at the Hip for Java Newbies
First, some housekeeping:
1000th Java.net project:
jBob pointed out that the 1000th java.net project was approved a few days ago. It is part of the linux.java.net project community, and can be found here:
jBob's log about it can be found here: http://weblogs.java.net/pub/wlg/1450
We should be running a Linux on Java BOF there, but the more I thought about this, the more I realized that the last Java on Linux BOF at Linuxworld in New York quickly became a Java Newbie bof. I found this pretty interesting. As I mentioned before I am also new to Java and thought, honestly, with the exception of those new to coding that I was pretty much the last person to start using it. But that BOF dispelled me of that notion.
In talking with a friend on mine at Sun a few weeks ago, we struck on the idea that Linux is a way that many people introduce themselves to Java programming on UNIX like systems. Yes, banal and obvious for you long time users of Java, but new to me and a useful bit of knowledge I picked up at our LinuxWorld BOF.
So it is my intention to sign up the BOF as "Java newbies/Java on Linux", which I think the BOF will turn into anyhow. Anyhow, please comment in the comment section if you think I'm foolish or if you plan on attending. Additionally, there is no good reason that the linux.java.net community can't become a fun place for newcomers to Java to learn the trade and chat amongst ourselves about what we are learning. Let me know what you think about this idea, and try to show up!
Also, jbob has asked that we try to draw attention to the java.net fairness board elections, as it is important.