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Favorite Entries from Early July

Posted by gsporar on July 20, 2005 at 5:44 PM PDT

Long ago (say, 2000 or so) when I returned from a vacation I would have to catch up on lots of email. I still have to do that. But now I also have to read lots of blog entries.

There is no blog roll displayed on this page, but that does not mean I don't read other bloggers. I just have not found an easy way to display a blog roll with the software used here at

So I want to take this opportunity to share the "best of" July 2nd through 17th. These are the blog entries that I found to be the most interesting. I set the bar for this fairly high, so not every blogger I read made the list.

The first entry is from Bruce Eckel: Collection overused as an argument in Java libraries? The first Java book I ever read was the original version of Eckel's Thinking in Java. Even when I do not agree with him, I enjoy reading what he writes.

Next up: Generics Considered Harmful? Nope, by Tor Norbye. Be sure to read through the comments on this one - the first one was pretty compelling to me. But in general I still side with Norbye on this. Note also that Eckel weighs in on the same topic here.

Rich Unger has a nice entry with Eclipse vs. NetBeans *yawn*.

Since I'm into proxy issues, I had to include this entry from Charles Beckham.

While I was out Geertjan really got going on doing Wicket development with NetBeans. That trail starts here.

And finally, last but certainly not least, Roumen Strobl scores another hit with Quick Tip #9 - Better Responsiveness of Error Marks and Hints. It is a must-read for anyone who (like me) gets frustrated waiting for NetBeans to update those little red Xs in the left margin.