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Who are these people?

Posted by daniel on December 17, 2003 at 11:31 AM PST

You read a talkback to an article or you are considering joining a project and you take a look at the list of current members and you wonder - who are these people?

In Projects and Communities, we announce the debut of the People Wiki . This is the place we're providing for pages about members. Stop by and add your own page or take a look at how others would like to describe themself.

The page introduction says that "The People Wiki is intended to be a place where people can tell the community a little about themselves. Whether you are looking for help with your project or just someone with similar interests to spark a Java discussion, the People Wiki is the right place to introduce yourself to the community. Simply start your own page, or use the search function to find whom your looking for."

Members of the Java Games community should consider submitting a paper to the Journal of Game Development. The Journal has issued a call for papers for their June issue and expresses particular interest in the following topics: " "Graphics (real-time).Networking, Audio, Simulation and Visualization, Robotics, Interactive Entertainment, Mathematics, Physics, [and] Artificial Intelligence."

Ken Arnold leads off today's Weblogs with Culture clash on the platform. His blog points to a recent article by Joel Spolsky that reviews Eric Raymond's "The Art of Unix Programming" along with links to Ken's comments on Joel's review of Eric's book, an online version of Eric's book, and the Amazon Lite website.

Richard Monson-Haefel weighs in on Explicit vs. Implicit Programming Models for J2EE. Richard thinks there is more of a need for programming models that hide the complexity of the underlying system. This contrasts with explicit models that give programmers precise fine-grained control. He is looking for a compromise of sorts and says that he "would like to see all of the J2EE components and APIs offer a simpler, optional, programming model. One that can be easily mastered by novices but allows users to incrementally leverage more sophisticated features as needed. Although ease-of-development is already influencing my work on the EJB 3.0 specification, I'm considered submitting a new JSR that addresses this need for the entire J2EE platform."

John Reynolds is feeling the spirit of the holidays in his blog entry on">Community values, community strength. He writes that "give us an opportunity to influence the outcome. Whether we work in the United States or in Europe or in India or anywhere on the planet we can bring our own values to our work, and we can make a difference. Write good code, share what you’ve learned, and make it obvious to your management that you’ll go elsewhere unless they respect your values. We all profit when we share."

In Also in Java Today the JCP is hosting an article looking back at their five year history subtitled Evolution of Process and Platform. The article covers the events that led up to the creation of the JCP (at least one version) as well as thoughts on what led to revisions in the process. The article explains that "JCP 2.0 was designed 'to soothe some of Sun's disgruntled licensees by addressing their fears.' Onno Kluyt explains that 'The changes we made in JCP 2.5, especially towards members like Apache and other open source environments, make it possible for them to fully collaborate in the process.' Kluyt describes the reasons for the changes coming in JCP 2.6 resulted from the realization that 'Most JSRs get the majority of their feedback during public review, but by that time it was already cast in stone.'"

John Zukowski's Core Java Tech Tip Multithreading in Swing addresses the mishandling of threads in Swing programming "that could result in deadlocks or other related threading issues."John's advice is simple: " don't show a frame on the main thread. You can still do all the GUI creation code there. However, when it's time to make the window visible, do it on the event dispatch thread. This ensures that, at most, only one thread will be initializing the Swing components." His before and after code examples make the fix completely clear.

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