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I was fortunate to be able to attend JavaOne this year. There I perceived a new energy, focus, and momentum within the Java community that hasn't been evident in many years. So, at JavaOne, I decided to write a series of blog posts describing what I was seeing. There's a lot to write about, and I'd like to give each element the coverage it deserves, so you can expect this to be a rather long...
on Nov 2, 2011
The very last thing JUG-AFRICA founder Max Bonbhel did at JavaOne 2011 was to spend a few moments with me chatting about Java User Groups in Africa and the unique problems they, and African developers in general, face. Despite the obstacles, growth of the Java community in Africa is surging. Check out the video: Immediately after that last scene, Max was literally running to where he had...
on Oct 6, 2011
The end of JavaOne 2011 is approaching. Yes, officially only 2 days of a 4 day conference have been completed -- but it feels like most of the headline news has already broken. Then also, some of us have been here since late last week (the Community Leads meeting was on Saturday, Oracle ACEs had events before that, etc.). Today is my last full day at JavaOne, I'll be printing my...
on Oct 5, 2011
Tuesday morning at JavaOne, I spoke with London Java Community leader Martijn Verburg about the LJC's decision to seek a position on the JCP's Executive Committee, the (JSR 348) effort, the outlook for JUGs and the JCP, JavaOne, Java, ... all this in under 3 minutes! Check out the Oracle Media Network for more JavaOne 2011 videos (click on the "Newest" tab). More Java One News...
on Oct 4, 2011
If you regularly visit's Java news tab, you'll be accustomed to seeing blog posts by Dustin Marx featured there. Dustin is here at JavaOne 2011, and he's putting together an excellent collection of what this year's JavaOne is all about (in its core aspects) on his blog, Inspired by Actual Events. As I write this, Dustin has already posted 13 JavaOne 2011 entries (several of which I've...
on Oct 4, 2011
The blur phase of JavaOne 2011 has started for me. I quickly realized this morning how brief 30 minutes between sessions is, when during that time I want to check out the best JavaOne related blog posts on and elsewhere, update the site, and post some blogs of my own. It's simply not possible. That said, JavaOne 2011 thus far is very interesting, very good, in my opinion. I...
on Oct 3, 2011
You may have noticed that our home page suddenly looks different: the centerpiece is a long column of JavaOne-related blog posts. This is a JavaOne tradition that dates back I don't know exactly how far -- but I have the feeling it was in place for at least several JavaOne's that preceded my first as editor (2009). With JavaOne 2011 rapidly accelerating into full...
on Oct 2, 2011
With JavaOne 2011 imminent, we have a new poll that provides you the opportunity to predict what the most important news from JavaOne will be (if you vote beforehand), or voice your opinion on what the most important news was (if you vote after the conference ends). The poll options were selected with reference to the description of Monday morning's JavaOne Technical Keynote. So, what...
on Oct 1, 2011


Java Champion Alan Williamson posted "A Simple Java class for Amazon SimpleSQS": "With such a beautiful service such as the Amazon Simple Queue Service, it shouldn't be wrapped up with a lot of complicated layers of classes for utilizing. That is why I developed the simple POJO, single class method for utilising Amazon SQS from within Java..."
on Aug 31, 2009


Tony Epple posted Simplest possible Drag&Drop implementation for Visual Library: Two days ago I blogged about how to create a new ExplorerView by Combining ListView and ChoiceView. Today I'll show you how to use this view as a palette for a Visual Library scene. It's very simple, AbstractNodes already implement everything needed for this. In the NestedListView -as in any ListView- dragging...
on Aug 28, 2009