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A little perspective

Posted by daniel on June 30, 2003 at 5:10 AM PDT

It's been a busy month. I've been to two conferences since JavaOne and am heading to OSCon in Portland next week. Good conferences can be overwhelming. Two thirds of the way into the O'Reilly Emerging Technology conference I was overloaded with new ideas and potential projects. You need time to decompress and look back. After Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference last week I was excited by the new hardware announcements and the developer preview of the next version of the operating system. This week as the hype fades, I'm still excited. That's a great sign.

There's sometimes a rush to cover an event the minute it's over. That kind of reporting is fun. You crank out a few thousand words that communicate the news and the atmosphere of an experience to people that couldn't attend. But there's also value in presenting an article a week or so later. Once the hype fades, you can see what is real. You have a chance to bounce ideas off of other people who were at the show and, as important, get to talk to those who weren't. In the Java Today feature "A look back at JavaOne", John Mitchell presents his view of the conference. You'll find a ton of references and John's irreverent take on the proceedings. Feel free to respond in the talkback with your thoughts on this year's conference.

In today's featured Weblogs James Gosling compares some development styles to a game of "Whack a Mole". In Whack a Mole you watch for a mole to pop out of a hole and then you whack it. He compares that to developers who identify a problem and solve it only to have another one pop up that they whack next. In "Bugs by moonlight", Amy Fowler deals with a different sort of bug. You also get a second chance to read Mike Loukides' piece "What do you want me to do?"

In Also Today, the Javapedia includes two helpful and very different articles on Synchronization. Both article styles are ideal for the wiki. One is a pointer to resources and the other is a short discussion of synchronization performance issues. Consider how you might add to the Javapedia with an article or two of your own or by joining the discussion on existing pages. The second feature in "Also Today" examines whether or not setting the serialVersionUID class field improves Java serialization performance.

Steve Mallett, the Java Today news editor has gathered the following Java Today News Headlines: "Sun Releases JDK 1.4.2, "EclipseSupport added to JXTA Project", "UN urges wi-fi for all", "Jaxor 3.2 Release", and "Jdawn 0.31 Release".

Once this page is no longer featured as the front page of Java Today it will be archived at http://today.java.net/today/archive/index_06302003.html. You can access other past issues by changing the address appropriately.