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Extreme Programming

There are a great many sessions at JavaOne 2013 that feature JavaFX. But only one of them dared people to attend the session. That session would be No Guts, No Glory! A Deep Dive into the Internals of JavaFX [BOF5802], presented by Steve Northover, Kevin Rushforth, and Richard Bair (all of Oracle). At first, I was wondering if the challenge would mean I'd arrive at the session, only to find...
on Sep 25, 2013

Programming

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

Performance

In some earlier posts, I've talked about Java threads, Java Thread Overhead, and Amdahl's Law and Parallel Processing Speed-Up. My next investigation in this series is Java 7's new Fork/Join Framework. I plan to spend quite a lot of time in this particular investigation. For one, Java Threads have been around for a long time, and undoubtedly there are many resources available that discuss them;...
on Apr 16, 2012