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Mustang Beta Blog Carnival!

Posted by mreinhold on February 16, 2006 at 8:45 AM PST

After nearly eighteen months of effort within Sun, the href="http://jcp.org/en/jsr/detail?id=270">Java Community Process, and the
wider JDK Community, the Mustang
Beta Release is now available.

In contrast to the source and binary
snapshots
that we’ve been shipping for over a year, the formal beta release
has been through many weeks of intensive testing—and a tiny little bit of
last-minute bug-fixing—in order to produce a release that’s somewhat more
polished. If you’ve chosen to avoid the riskier snapshot builds then now is
the perfect time to have a look at Mustang, make sure your existing code still
compiles and runs, and try out the new features. Please do href="http://bugs.sun.com/services/bugreport/index.jsp">let us know what you
think or—even better— href="http://mustang.dev.java.net/collaborate.html">get involved and help
us make Mustang a great release for the entire community!

To help celebrate the beta release I’m hosting a “blog carnival” right here
on this page. Over the next couple of days many members of the Java SE
development community will post blog entries about the work they’ve been doing
for the Mustang release. As entries are posted I’ll add them here for
convenient reference; alternatively you can get the very latest blog entries
via Planet JDK, which also provides RSS
and Atom syndication feeds.

Step right
up, ladies and gentlemen…

  • href="http://weblogs.java.net/blog/chet/archive/2006/02/these_are_some.html">Chet
    Haase channels Julie
    Andrews
    and waxes poetic about his favorite Mustang features.

  • href="http://blogs.sun.com/roller/page/briand?entry=what_s_in_a_name">Brian
    Doherty reflects on the meaning of the word “beta” in this modern age of
    continuous integration and snapshot releases, and talks about some of the
    performance improvements—and pitfalls—in the release.

  • href="http://blogs.sun.com/roller/page/chegar?entry=http_keep_alive_improvements">Chris
    Hegarty explains how he fixed a href="http://bugs.sun.com/bugdatabase/top25_bugs.do">high-vote bug in the
    HTTP
    keep-alive implementation
    .

  • href="http://blogs.sun.com/roller/page/sundararajan?entry=mixed_mode_stack_traces_on">Sundar
    shows how to use href="http://www.sun.com/bigadmin/content/dtrace">DTrace on Solaris to
    generate a mixed-mode stack trace whenever an exception is thrown.

  • href="http://blogs.sun.com/roller/page/jaya_hangal?entry=new_bytes_in_the_mustang">Jaya
    Hangal talks about LDAP timeouts and connection pooling in
    JNDI.

  • href="http://weblogs.java.net/blog/zixle/archive/2006/02/mustang_the_lit.html">Scott
    Violet takes a break from big-picture application architecture to
    highlight some of the smaller UI features in Mustang.

  • href="http://blogs.sun.com/roller/page/ahe?entry=mustang_beta">Peter von der
    Ah

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