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The other stuff

Posted by daniel on August 1, 2003 at 6:56 AM PDT

The editorial mission for java.net is pretty simple. We look to include content of interest to Java developers. Not all of the content has to be Java specific and not all of it will interest you.

We try to keep this mix broad enough to include articles about coding, communities, usability, process, and so on without going over the edge. Paul Erdos is quoted as defining a mathematician as "a machine for turning coffee into theorems." Following in that tradition, Java developers certainly spend much of the day and night turning caffeine into code. Coffee is certainly important to Java developers but it isn't, in itself, interesting to them in their role of Java developer.

Even though we ask our bloggers to keep Java developers in mind, every once in a while one of them has to blog about something really important to them. We can't always feature these entries on the front page so please follow the links and check out the blogs we can't feature. This past week, James Gosling posted a brief entry titled A brutal ending. Following his link for more details about a horrific end to a successful science experiment with peaceful, human trusting bears.

Today's featured Weblogs include another entry by Gosling. In Flying at Mach 1 he responds to an email that includes inflammatory remarks such as "[Gosling] designed java so marginally capable developers could have a job. [...] He finds it too limiting to use himself." Eitan Suez is Reporting from Texas - Our July JUG Meeting. The Austin JUG is an active group whose monthly meeting features a technotizer and the main presentation. Philip Brittan asks Why is my cell phone so much more powerful and easy to use than my desktop phone.

In the Also Today section, Cliff Sharples recommends tuning for performance as you code. This seems to fly in the face of conventional wisdom, but in this DevX article he explains Continuous Performance: A Best Practice to Ensure Faster Code. We also point to a Javapedia entry DefaultVersusNoArgumentConstructor that argues that we be more careful in the use of the terms default constructor and no argument constructor.

From the Java Today News Page, news editor Steve Mallett, has gathered the following News Headlines .

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