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It's Oh So Quiet

Posted by editor on August 1, 2006 at 6:51 AM PDT

Life's not fun when you can't get the answers you need

You've got your forums, your forums, project mailing lists, wiki's, feature articles, websites, and pretty much any other venue for sharing Java development information you could think of.

So why is it sometimes so hard to get a good answer?

Surely for every time each of us has had to endure someone posting a question in the obviously wrong place (we get basic Java language questions submitted as news items at least once a week), there's probably also been a time when you had a question for which you couldn't find anyone to give you a right answer.

This is the topic addressed by today's Feature Article, the latest in our series of "not-so-stupid" questions.
(Not So) Stupid Questions 11: Guidance asks "I have a question about a Java feature. Who do I ask?". It's not as simple as you might think. The author writes: "I have been asking this question [about JPA] on several forums for some time, and each time I get the response, 'Good question, go ask...' Is there a place I can ask questions and not get redirected? Is there a place where the buck stops?"

Do you think there's an ideal place to get answers? Does it depend on the topic? Does it concern you that it's so hard to find the right place to ask? Please visit this not-so-stupid question and contribute your thoughts on the matter.

David Van Couvering covers Security, AJAX, and Java in today's Weblogs. "Another serious security hole is found with JavaScript. Maybe there is value in running Java in the browser environment after all?"

John O'Conner isn't impressed with a recent feature article, which prompted him to blog AOP and I18n: Why would I want to do that?
"After reading the 'Aspect Oriented Programming and Internationalization' article on, I'm still wondering why I would want to do that..."

Evenly Divided?, Masood Mortazavi writes:
"The poll results on Java DB inclusion in Mustang edge slightly in favor of the inclusion."

In Java Today,

Version 1.0.1 of the JAudiotagger project fixes 15 issues with the audio-file tagging library. JAudiotagger's goal is to provide thorough support for metadata in multiple audio file formats, including but not limited to the ID3 standard used in most MP3's, though ID3 is the focus of current development. In the long run, the use of a "virtual intermediate format" will allow the mappging of any format to any other format.

Over on Artima, Frank Sommers has kicked off a discussion of The Impact of Multi-Core CPUs on Developers: "Advances in compiler design have insulated most developers from changes in CPU architectures, and Java developers enjoyed the additional benefit of a fairly homogeneous execution environment offered by the JVM. Multi-core CPUs, however, will make parallelism explicit, presenting three challenges that few developers have experience with, according to James Reinders, a director with Intel's software development program."

Mustang's support for using scripting languages, as defined by JSR 223, is one of the Java platform's most intriguing new features. In the SDN article Scripting for the Java Platform, John O'Conner looks at how to embed scripting environments within Java applications: "Using scripting from the Java platform is easy because the API is relatively small. You can quickly add scripting support to your application using only a handful of interfaces and classes in the javax.script package."

rbair reveals a SwingX evaltuation in JXErrorDialog Review notes posted part of today's Forums.
"The first review notes for JXErrorDialog have been posted: I have some more API work to do, and then another internal review. If you have any input on the last review notes, please let me know in this thread. I'll try to incorporate all feedback into another round of review."

rtiernay has an interesting JAXB request in
XmlAdapter and xjc:javaType:
"Using an of the current JAXB releases, is there any way for one to generate an XmlAdapter from an XSD or bindings customization file so that modifying the source code isn't a requirment? For instance, in my XSD I have an type that should best be represented as a map in java. In order to acheive this effect, I would have thought that the following proprietary vendor customization should work..."

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