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Goodbye again, JavaWorld

Posted by daniel on January 13, 2004 at 7:04 AM PST

The recent increase in JavaWorld magazine published articles isn't a sign of life, but instead of death. They have cleared out their queue, published all that remained, and closed the doors.

As I wrote in October, "JavaWorld was the gold standard. It was the publication to read. In the early days of Java, it's where we learned about the technology from the early adopters." It's sad. I hate to lose a valued member of the Java media family.

After the last post, people wrote to me that JavaWorld had lost much of its value in recent years. Although partially true, they had had lost much of their financial support. Don't remember JavaWorld as it appeared at the end when it had lost the vitality of its youth. By then, it barely had the strength to perform the necessary day to day tasks. I think of JavaWorld as it was in the beginning. I remember it at its height when there were five editors and plenty of money. I remember it as the place to go for the best authors and articles that were timely and deep. We produce with one and a half editor positions. I can only imagine what we could do with more but I certainly feel for the once great magazine that ended its life with one editor doing everything.

We exchanged worried email yesterday when the ServerSide site was down. We hoped it was just a technical problem and that we hadn't lost yet another member of the family. At we think of these sites that we feature in "Also in Java Today" as valued members of a Java ecology that we have only recently joined. The good news (as you can see today) is that The ServerSide is back up and running with a new UI and Slogan. They've also just launched TheServerSide.NET with sponsorship from Borland, Microsoft, and developMentor.

In Also in Java Today we link to the final two articles published by JavaWorld magazine. In Isolate server includes' runtime context, Borislav Iordanov writes "Server-side Java Web development technologies offer several means to decompose an application into reusable units. But encapsulating and reusing frontend logic remains one of the most challenging aspects of Web application design." He explains the limitations of custom tags and instead recommends using server side includes for " treating JSP pages and servlets as self-contained, reusable presentation modules."

The magazine does not exactly go out with a bang. Humphrey Sheil's In pursuit of perfection is a light piece on what he considers the strengths and weaknesses of Java. Sheil offers his suggestions on how to strengthen the platform.

In Projects and Communities, you will find Elliotte Rusty Harold's XOM project in the Java Web Services and XML community. XOM is a "tree-based API for processing XML with Java that simultaneously supports streaming. In many use-cases, XOM can process arbitrarily large documents with effectively constant memory sizes. XOM strives for correctness, simplicity, and performance, in that order."

The seventh Jini Community meeting is scheduled for March 23-25 in Cambridge, MA and the call for papers is open until February 17. The organizers suggest that you look at last year's abstracts to get an idea of what might be appropriate.

In today's Weblogs , John Mitchell posts a link in Lego kills Mindstorms that "Lego is supposedly going to kill off its Mindstorms product line."

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