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What happens if you configure a Hadoop-centric scalable big data infrastructure running on the Amazon EC2 cloud, that's programmed to perform some very basic processing on delimited ASCII data records (about 30 characters in each record), and you feed it a single data record? How quickly do you think that massively powerful system would process that teensy, trivial input data set? Milliseconds?...
on Sep 26, 2013
At the JavaOne 2013 Java Technical Keynote, there was a series of demos of software that enables two people to play chess, using some of Java's latest features, including Java EE 7 Websockets, many variations of Java 8 (recent weekly builds), Lambda Expressions, Java ME, Embedded Java, ... It was an impressive demo of many of Java's recently-released and not-yet-finally-released capabilities,...
on Sep 23, 2013
"The multicore challenge" is the challenge to developers of software products to write code that effectively utilizes modern multi-core / multi-processor computers. Two years ago, I wondered if the multicore challenge was still relevant. In part, I was thinking about how applications were moving from the desktop into the cloud. So, if the apps people are running are running in a browser, does it...
on Dec 21, 2011


One of my favorite sessions at Jfokus 2013 was presented by Typesafe co-founder and Java Champion Jonas Bonér. I always enjoy discussions about how technology evolves over the decades, how we break away from concepts, then sometimes weave our way back via the latest and greatest thing, which can sometimes appear strikingly similar to something that was very much in vogue a decade or so earlier....
on Mar 18, 2013
The results of the latest completed poll indicate that, in general, developers consider the addition of Lambda Expressions (closures) to Java (which will happen in Java 8) to be a good idea. However, opinion is not universally in this direction. A total of 401 votes were cast in the poll. The exact question and results were: Is adding Lambda Expressions (closures) to Java a good idea...
on Jun 12, 2012
Brian Goetz recently provided new details on the status of JSR 335 in his OpenJDK document State of the Lambda: Libraries Edition. Project Lambda is a fundamentally important enhancement to Java 8. And, based on the response of developers in our recent poll asking how Lambda Expressions in Java 8 will affect their programming, the Java community is excited by the prospect of being able to...
on May 2, 2012
Recently, I've been investigating the methods Java provides for developing desktop applications that efficiently utilize multicore processors. Java 7's Fork/Join Framework is the current focus of my investigation. But, Brian Goetz has just provided an update on the State of the Lambda: Libraries Edition, which tells us lots about the current status of what's coming up in Java 8, where Project...
on Apr 25, 2012
A few nights ago, I was browsing the chapters about concurrent programming in Herbert Schildt's excellent Java: The Complete Reference, 8th Edition, and I was struck by the evolution of concurrency in Java over the years, from threads, through the richness of Java 5's Concurrency Utilities, and on to Java 7's Fork/Join Framework. The Java language truly has grown, adapted to the changing world,...
on Apr 22, 2012
With the advent of multicore processors on everything from desktop computers to tablets, pads, and even mobile phones, parallel processing is gaining increasing attention. This is at least in part what's behind the release of the Fork/Join Framework in Java 7, and the inclusion of Lambda Expressions (aka "closures," JSR 335) in the upcoming Java 8. While the "do-it-yourself" approach to...
on Apr 9, 2012
Note to the Java 8 development team (and the JCP): the latest completed poll indicates that Java developers overwhelmingly advocate the inclusion of JSR 310 in Java 8. Not only did the poll draw a large volume of voting, but the votes were unusually strongly skewed toward one of the six voting options. A total of 891 votes were cast, and three comments were posted as well. The actual...
on Mar 18, 2012
In my previous blog post, I did some experimentation with simultaneous execution of multiple threads. Since the threads were all doing relatively large chunks of work, the overhead from thread creation and management was almost irrelevant. In this post, I take a look at the overhead that launching a series of threads can have on an application. The starting point is a modified version of the...
on Feb 29, 2012
Our lead Java Today story is JAX-RS with Jersey: An Introduction, by Dustin Marx. I found this intersting, because a few weeks ago I spent some time studing Jersey, as I thought about resurrecting an old project of mine, and redeploying it using GlassFish, Jersey, and other current Java technologies. Dustin begins his introduction with: The JAX-RS (JSR 311: The Java API for RESTful Web...
on Feb 11, 2010


This is the first edition of a new column I'll be writing each weekend titled " the Week in Review." In the column, I'll present all of the previous week's Java Today news items, a selection of blog posts, polls, and spotlights. I'll organize the presentation by categorizing the featured news items, so if, for example, your interest is JavaEE and GlassFish, you'll be...
on May 1, 2010