Checking our logs, many people check in with java.net each day by checking this daily RSS feed. You can subscribe in your newsreader using the Orange and Grey box in the left nav of our front page. Users asked if we could provide direct links to the stories, blogs, and pages referenced in this "What's Happening in Java Today" feed. The short answer is, yes. Starting today we link directly to the items being referenced.
So what's the long answer? Well, we often feature articles that are hosted on other sites. If we link directly to articles on JavaWorld , developerWorks , Artima then they get page hits and we don't. The discussion with our team took less than a minute. The answer was "so what". We're linking to interesting content that lives on another site, why make our readers jump through hoops to get to that content.
Why didn't we launch our site with this functionality? There was no subtext or secret plot -- we just didn't think of it. Many of you use our site differently than we do. As you come up with some tweak that would make your experience better, send me an email. Most of our post-launch enhancements have started with a reader request.
In today's featured Weblogs Sue Spielman's Nice JUGs urges you to find and join a local Java User Group. She says "JUGs, no matter how big or small, are a great way to network as well as expand your knowledge and skills." She also adds, "As with anything else, if you don't have a JUG in your area yet, make it happen yourself. There is no reason why a couple of folks can't get together and start a group. You'll be surprised how fast the group will probably grow."
In Also Today, if you are from India and looking for a Java User Group, start with the India Java User Group's java.net project. Although Sue Spielman's blog suggests attending meetings, projects such as IJUG allow you to virtually participate in a community of Java developers. If there is no JUG in your neighborhood, consider forming a virtual JUG to get things started. Our other featured article today is Allen Holub's article on Date Selection using a Decorator from JavaWorld magazine. He presents a code example of creating a date selection tool but spends much more time exploring the decorator pattern.
Steve Mallett, the Java Today news editor has gathered the following Java Today News Headlines: "BEA Releases XMLBeans to open source", "JBoss Server to be embedded in Panther Server", ".Net: 3 Years of the 'Vision' Thing", and "JNIWrapper 1.3 and WinPack 1.0 released".
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