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Poll Result: A Mix of Views on Java Fragmentation

Posted by editor on September 6, 2010 at 9:22 AM PDT

This past week's java.net poll asked "What threat does further fragmentation of the Java language pose?" The results were somewhat surprising to me. A total of 182 votes were cast, with the following results:

  • 19% (34 votes) - It will destroy Java
  • 27% (49 votes) - It's not good, but Java will survive
  • 12% (21 votes) - Java has so large an installed base that it doesn't matter
  • 28% (51 votes) - Having different Java/JVM flavors is a good thing
  • 13% (24 votes) - I don't know
  • 2% (3 votes) - Other

What surprises me about this is the option that received the most votes, "Having different Java/JVM flavors is a good thing." I did not expect that option to receive many votes. Of course, at only 28%, it's not like anywhere near a majority of the voters expressed this view. In fact, 46% of the voters consider fragmentation a problem (summing the "It will destroy Java" votes and the "It's not good, but Java will survive" votes).

New Poll: "Corporate" feel at JavaOne?

Our new poll asks about people's expectations for the "feel" of this year's JavaOne, now that it's being run by Oracle rather than by Sun. The poll asks: Compared with past JavaOnes, will this year's JavaOne have a greater or lesser "corporate" feel? Voting will be open for the next week.

Java Today

Dustin Marx considers the fact that it's A Fortnight to JavaOne 2010:

With two weeks to JavaOne 2010, the frequency of blog posts related to JavaOne is rising as excitement for the coming conference builds.  In this post, I reference and summarize several of these.  I also begin what I hope is a once-per day (until JavaOne begins) focus on a JavaOne 2010 abstract that seems particularly interesting to me. For today, that will be at the end of this post. Several people with long experience with Java development and with JavaOne conferences have recognized this year's JavaOne's focus on core and fundamental Java technologies...

Adam Bien posted JavaOne Sessions Schedule Completed - First Impression, Some Criticism:

Last week I managed to schedule sessions I would like to attend. The topics are interesting and technical - really looking forward to it. Product pitches are not existent - at least I didn't found any. From the topic / session perspective - I really looking forward to this conference. From the content perspective it should be at least as good as the previous ones. (I will miss, however, the "Xtreme GUI Makeover")...

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Jean-Francois Arcand announces Async Http Client 1.1.0 Released:

After months of collecting feedback and adding new features, I’m happy to announce the availability of the Async Http Client Library version 1.1.0! We also promoted the project to it’s own github organization (since I’m now working for Sonatype :-) )...


Poll

Our current java.net poll asks Compared with past JavaOnes, will this year's JavaOne have a greater or lesser "corporate" feel? Voting will be open until next Monday.


Spotlights

Our new java.net Spotlight is from the JavaOne Conference Blog, JavaOne Preview on TechCast Live! (Tues., Sept. 7, 10am PT):

You've read the blogs, you've consumed the tweets and Facebook updates. Now how about hearing from some live humans? Next Tuesday morning (Sept. 7, 10am PT), Oracle Technology Network offers you a JavaOne preview via a live video chat with Sharat Chandar and Tori Wieldt, two people intimately familiar with the content and community aspects of the conference. You'll get insights into the content contribution process, hear about particularly interesting technical sessions and BOFs, and get a sneak peek of the contents of the Mason St. tent, where Oracle Technology Network will host the community in all its glory...

We're also still highlighting java.net Community Manager Sonya Barry's JavaOne Conference Blog post Java.net Activities at JavaOne:

I'm excited about JavaOne this year.  It's going to be different in a lot of ways, but we are doing our best to ensure that the Java.net presence for the community is just as good if not better then previous years.  In years past Java.net has had a "community corner" booth in the JavaOne pavilion at Moscone... This time we'll be housed in the Mason Street tent, which will be a large comfortable space for people from all of the technology communities to hang out, pick up swag, watch the videocasts, and see some live events too..,


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