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Project Coin Enters For Future Consideration Phase

Posted by editor on April 2, 2009 at 6:56 AM PDT

Project Coin reached an important milestone this week as the Call for Proposals phase came to a close. Joseph Darcy reports that nearly 70 proposals were submitted, with 19 proposals coming in the last two days of the call for proposals period. In addition, more than 1100 messages were posted on the coin-dev mailing list, discussing submitted proposals and related topics.

Joseph made a graph of when the proposals were received, and noted: "nothing like an impending deadline to focus the mind!" In that same post, he provides a list of all the proposals that were submitted in the fourth week of the call for proposals phase, with links to the actual proposals.

As our former editor Chris Adamson reported last week, Joe Darcy earlier provided Project Coin call for proposal week 1, week 2, and week 3 updates as the proposals were received.

The process of winnowing out the proposals was underway even during the call for proposals phase. In last week's post Project Coin: For further consideration, Joseph reported that, out of more than two dozen of the proposals that were first submitted during the call period, six had been selected for further consideration:

Joseph concluded that post by noting that "The final list will only have around five items so it is possible not all the changes above will be on the eventual final list." So, with a barrage of new proposals submitted in the last week of the call period, there is clearly a lot of work to be done before the final list will be determined.

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In Java Today, Joseph Darcy reports the latest Project Coin news: Project Coin: The Call for Proposals Phase is Over: "Thirty four days long, the proposal period included nearly 70 proposals being sent to the mailing list, 19 coming in over the last two days, and over 1100 messages on the list discussing those proposals and related topics. With the flurry of pre-deadline activity over, the more deliberative task of finishing reviewing and evaluating the proposals awaits."

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In today's Weblogs, Sebastien Dionne writes about a New Grizzly enhancement : Servlet AutoDeployer: "You don't need a AppServer or WebServer to deploy your servlet. The Servlet AutoDeployer will deploy your applications on a powerful Asynchronous IO server : GrizzlyWebServer."

Tim Boudreau wonders Are constructors the enemy? in reacting to a friend's post on the same topic: "My friend Jon writes an interesting blog on the problem of constructors, and how a language might improve on them - and comes to a fairly startling solution. The major problems with constructors as I see it are..."

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In today's Forums, spiroid asks for help with a Glassfish problem in Glassfish v3 embedded: "I have deployed a web application using glassfish embedded from a java unit test. Glassfish embedded is starting and the web application successfully deployed. But when I call a webservice of the application I get an exception due to the wrong version of a lib being used (commons-collections). The same web application deployed on a standalone installation of glassfish is working as expected."

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And rwillie6 provides an update of the CPU issues he's encountered in Re: Debugging Glassfish CPU usage: "Hi JF, I'm still having the intermittent spikes that were the original reason for the post and, because of increasing traffic, they've increased in frequency to every 24 hours or so. They are easy to see coming, because of increases in CPU and Interrupts / Context-Switches in my munin graphs, and can be remedied by restarting the app server. But, without a restart, the situation does not resolve itself. Eventually, the spikes go even higher and the server becomes non-responsive."

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