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Posted by editor on January 2, 2006 at 8:05 AM PST

Kicking off 2006

Some people have or are taking today off as a weekend-bumped New Year's Day holiday. In the U.S., this will be our day for the traditional college football "bowl" games that we usually wake up late for after a night of revelry, but your front page is back for a new year of collaboration, community, and code.

Speaking of revelry... there's been activity throughout the site while some of you were away for the holidays. We've gotten a lot of blurbs about new projects, old projects with new releases, new event listings, forum postings, a bunch of weblogs, and more. Right now, our database is packed with items to catch up on, which we'll be rolling out as "Projects and Communities" ( and "Also in Java Today" (off-site) blurbs all week.

"But," you say, "what about my project? What do I have to do to get on the front page?" I'm glad you rhretorically asked. Check out the "Publicize Your Project" and "Submit Content" links on the left nav for ways to get the word out about your activities. Here's a quick summary of the available links:

To get the word out, you can also send an e-mail to your community leader. is a community of communities and every community has a home page with items of interest to that community, including project news, off-site items of interest, weblogs, and more.

The new year before us is teeming with possibilities. Have some fun, write some code, meet some people and make the most of 2006.

Kicking off today's Weblogs
Gregg Sporar wishes you a
A Happy New NetBeans Year:
"There are many things that I like about my job, but if I had to pick just one favorite thing, it would be the people that I get to meet."

Konstantin I. Boudnik's blog series continues in
Java. Quality. Metrics (part 5):
"A introduction to a cool technology we had developed with my colleagues. It can do a really good job, predicting buggy spots in your source code."

Kirill Grouchnikov reminds us of
NetBeans look and feel competition - a low-hanging iPod:
"If you haven't heard already, here's your chance to win and iPod (or half-Eclipse bashing t-shirt) by sending a screenshot of NetBeans in action."

In Projects and
the JAXB project has released early access 3 of their 2.0 reference implementation. In Kohsuke Kawaguchi's blog about the release, he says "I expect this to be our last EA toward EA3. The next release hopefully will be the FCS (or 'first customer ship'), which means the spec is finalized and the RI passes all the TCK tests."

Sun, as one of the three partners behind, is interested in hearing the community's feedback on its products and developer programs. To participate, please visit the General Sun Feedback survey. As an incentive, one participant will receive a six-month subscription to Safari Online Books

In Also in
Java Today
published just after went on holiday break, The Java SE 6 (Mustang) Holiday Quiz from the Sun Developer Network offers a challenging collection of questions related to the contents of the the next major Java SE release. If you think you really know what's in Mustang, and why it matters, take your best shot at this quiz and see how you do.

2005 didn't see a new version of Java SE or EE, but it was a momentous
year as developers continued to grow the Java universe. This was the year
that Java displaced C++ as the top language for projects on SourceForge,
and the year that AJAX became a big deal for the client side. Hibernate,
Spring, and Eclipse were big news this year, and even Ant proved to have
some new tricks up its sleeve. ONJava: 2005 in Review looks at the developments in Java through the most popular articles published on the site in 2005.

This week's Spotlight is on FeedPod: "Don't have time to offer a podcast version of your blog? Not to worry. The FeedPod project offers "a Text-To-Speech RSS/ATOM Newsfeed reader." This means that "You can use FeedPod as a personal feed reader. [Or] you can integrate FeedPod into you Portal site and offer audio subscriptions and 'Listen Now' links. You can use FeedPod on your site to offer a PodCast of your blog." FeedPod is packaged as a pair of two WAR files that you deploy to your servlet container, and has been tested on Win32, Fedora Core 3, and Solaris 10."

In today's Forums,
snakajima wants to see
Pervasive Computing at JavaOne:
"I think we should have a discussion about Pervasive Computing (or Ubiquitous Computing). This is slightly too generic topic for JavaOne conference, but I think it is better to have this kind of general topic, and discuss (1) what we want to achieve, and (2) what kind of roles Java can play to achieve such a vision."

Wrapping up the language comparisons in the "Beyond Java" Book Club discussion, an anonymous contributor writes, in
Re: Chapter 9: The Contenders,
"I have seen some big Perl apps, and one might argue that dynamic language could do well, but I think the GREAT advantage of Java is the standard platform and tools, and that is unmatchable. Changing a little bit of the subject, for ease of maintaining piece of software, I'd go for Java any time. Thank God I'm paid to think, not to type. Saving keystrokes, the same way Perl does, is not exactly the route to maintainable code."

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Kicking off 2006