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JavaOne Submission advice

Posted by daniel on January 4, 2005 at 7:55 AM PST

"Avoid Crappy Abstracts"

Casey Cameron has blogged with advice on href="http://blogs.sun.com/roller/page/caseyc/20050103#how_not_to_have_your">
How NOT to Have Your Talk Accepted for the JavaOne
Conference . Judging by the email we got after last year's
selections, many of you think the answer is: submit one.

Casey feels your pain and is trying to help you craft your
submission. She has asked the program committee for their advice and
it came down to the following common pitfalls:

  • Crappy Abstracts
  • Scattershot Submissions
  • Product Talks Positioned as "Learning"
  • Niche topics, not of general interest to most Java technology developers
  • Old and beaten-to-death topics with no new approaches

Also featured in Projects
and Communities
, TheServerSide is running a discussion based
on Allen Holub's piece href="http://www.sdtimes.com/cols/javawatch_116.htm">Do we really need
the JCP. Many of the href="http://www.theserverside.com/news/thread.tss?thread_id=30855">responses
in the forum effectively address point Holub raises in his
intentionally provocative piece.


In Also
in Java Today
Windows NT, 2000, 2003, and XP contain a
utility called the Performance Monitor that provides a rich array of
performance data on your hosts as well as the applications they
support. However, accessing this data from Java is challenging. The
JavaWorld article href="http://www.javaworld.com/javaworld/jw-11-2004/jw-1108-windowspm.html">
Access Windows Performance Monitor counters from Java, Part 1
summarizes a method to reliably access this data in real time using a
small but elegant Java API. A follow up to this article will describe
how you can integrate these statistics into a Java Management
Extensions (JMX) infrastructure and present the benefits that JMX
provides.

Rick Proctor writes that "One of the most basic network programming
tasks you'll likely face as a Java programmer is performing
socket functions [..] to create a network client that talks to a
server via a socket connection [ or ] to create a server that listens
for socket connections." In href="http://bdn.borland.com/article/0,1410,31995,00.html">Sockets:
Basic Client-Server Programming in Java he introduces you to
setting up a simple client and a simple server. Before you reach for
that high level abstraction, consider whether you might be better
served with a simple socket.


Mike Loukides has stirred up a discussion about the place for Java
and scripting languages in today's href="http://weblogs.java.net/"> Weblogs. In href="http://weblogs.java.net/blog/mikel/archive/2005/01/the_problem_wit.html">
The Problem with Scripting he writes about a programming incident
in which he was tempted to reach for a scripting language but instead
found he could easily knock it out using Java.

In href="http://weblogs.java.net/blog/rwinston/archive/2005/01/happy_new_year.html">
Happy New Year, Rory Winston makes some safe predictions for
2005. ", I'm looking forward to more developments on the rich client
side (a lot of competing technologies sprung up in 2004), the release
of Geronimo, more exposure for JDK 5.0, and finally taking a look at
EJB 3."


Should you use href="http://forums.java.net/jive/thread.jspa?messageID=9266&tstart=0#9266">
tools when learning a language? In today's href="http://forums.java.net/jive/index.jspa">
Forums, JWenting says "In my experience people using an IDE
to learn a programming language tend to end up learning mainly to use
the tool, not the language. When later tasked to use another tool (or
no tool) they don't know what to do."

Pitosalas writes that href="http://forums.java.net/jive/thread.jspa?messageID=9222&tstart=0#9222">
WebStart needs to be addressed and improved. "If we want to do
well on the desktop, then there is no other way but than to provide a
reliable and usable means for installing software. It is so
elementary, that it boggles the mind why this is not being addressed."


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