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Forums join the frontpage

Posted by daniel on April 27, 2004 at 5:17 AM PDT

Now that recent Forum postings have been moved to the center column of the home page, our latest site change is complete.

Now that the big changes to our look and feel are done, let's take a quick tour of the home page. Of course, things will change. We will roll new features out as soon as they are ready and not wait until some magic release date. You'll notice, for example, that we have just added a forums section to the front page to make it easier for you to follow the discussions.

The center column of the homepage
is where you will find all of the items that are refreshed each weekday. For a quick look at the items of the day you can subscribe to a daily or weekly newsletter or to an RSS summary of the front page. Details on subscribing are always found at the end of this daily blog. Here is what you will currently find in the center column:

  • Editor's Notebook: this daily site summary that is also served up as RSS
  • Projects and Communities: snippets and links to new and interesting projects hosted on and to news and features that our communities are talking about
  • Weblogs: featured weblogs of interest to Java developers
  • Forums: highlighted posts from our current active discussions
  • Also in Java Today: links to feature articles published on other fine sites for Java developers
  • Java News Headlines: technology news items gathered daily

The right column is where you will find the items that remain on the site for about a week. This includes:

  • Featured articles: original content on various areas of Java development
  • Polls: a lighthearted way of taking the pulse of our readers on issues of various levels of import
  • Spotlight: there are so many interesting things happening in the projects and communities that it is tough to choose - but each week or so we feature one of them

In the left column you will find links to people, pages, events, ...

  • Get Involved: submit content for many of the different sections in, request a project, scan or submit a project help wanted ad
  • Get Informed: link to many of the sections from the front page to find archived articles, more details about the news items, the complete events listings, and all of the weblogs.
  • Get Connected: interaction is featured in these items - link to the forums, the wiki, the Javapedia, people pages, JUGs, other organizations and subscribe to the newsletters or rss feeds
  • Weekly Stats: track the number of projects and membership for the site
  • Upcoming events: these are events - for the entire event listings look at "Get Informed"
  • Related links: some of our sister sites

While you are looking around the page, be sure to check out the top and bottom. The top of the page has been standardized across the site with easy navigation tabs on the top left and login on the top right.

In Forums today, the Mythical Man Month discussion looks at Surgical Teams: Tools vs. People. Tackline writes "Almost certainly you will have programmers of different experiences/abilities. The technical buck has to stop with someone - the surgeon. [...] Keeping the administration split from technical areas is necessary for efficiency. Hopefully things don't get bureaucratic enough for secretaries, however you don't want to waste valuable human resources on trivial matters."

In Java Audio, mattbolton asks is Sound recording and encoding difficult or imposible? Help him understand his "realistic choices with encoding sound in Java".

In today's Weblogs , James Gosling stresses that you should also view Netbeans as a platform. He writes "One of the cooler aspects of netBeans is that it can be used as a platform for building applications, not just as an IDE. By this I mean that if you look under the hood at the implementation of netBeans, you'll find that, just like any other Java application".

Joshua Marinacci has pulled some provocative quotes from a recent slashdot thread. Although he thinks it is undeserved, he asks Does Java have a bad reputation?

John O'Conner wonders what's in a name. He writes that he could never bring himself to buy a "for dummies" book because of the title and that he is similarly affected by the name "Groovy". In Groovy? Are you serious? he writes that there are a lot of good things about Groovy and the underlying concept but " Doesn't the name put you off just a little? Can serious professionals use something that sounds so silly?" Hmmm - maybe next week's poll question.

Also in Java Today
, in the OTN's Monitor, Control, and Extend with JMX, Cameron O'Rourke introduces "a simple management component that can be monitored and controlled from any other program, including any JMX management console. The JMX MBean Server can instantiate any number of MBeans, so we can have several SiteMonitors running simultaneously.
The fact that our component is exposed to the outside world and that it can be configured at runtime greatly increases its value. If an MBean is coded correctly, it can run continuously without ever having to be restarted."

Richard Hightower shows you how to develop a transactional persistence layer using Hibernate and Spring in the developerWorks article Object-relation mapping without the container. "Hibernate is a leading OR mapping tool and Spring is an AOP framework and IOC container. Together, the two technologies allow developers to write code that is database-vendor agnostic, and that can run inside of a J2EE container or run standalone."

In today's Projects and Communities , the Spiritbot project is an " irc based bot started from PIRC-bot and will focus on generating code using chat." Look at the conversation between a developer and the bot.

The Java Desktop community has updated their Component Suites listings with Singleton Labs' MonarchCharts and MonarchGraph for data visualization.

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