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Spotlight: Java Developer Center on the Oracle Technology Network

Posted by editor on April 19, 2010 at 9:29 AM PDT

This week's java.net Spotlight is the Java Developer Center on the Oracle Technology Network (OTN). Java has long been a core technology for Oracle. But with the 2008 acquisition of BEA and this year's acquisition of Sun, Oracle becomes the most significant vendor of Java-centric products globally.

Here's the updated introduction on the OTN Java Developer Center:

Java is one of the computer industry's best known brands and most widely deployed technologies. Oracle Fusion Middleware is built on Java technology in support of applications and services written in the Java language. With the acquisition of Sun, Oracle will drive continued innovation and investment in Java technology for the benefit of customers and the Java community.

The OTN Java Developer Center includes a What's New feed; links to information on Java focus areas (for example, JavaSE, JDBC / Java in the Database, JavaFX, and Eclipse); technical articles and how-tos; Oracle's Java Bloggers; and forum discussions.

I've visited the OTN intermittently in the past, scanning for interesting Java articles, etc., that I might point people to in our java.net Java Today section. The enhanced Java Developer Center is a much richer resource for Java developers than what Oracle offered as recently as six months age. The "Oracle's Java Bloggers" list is particularly interesting to me. There I see many bloggers whose blogs I already subscribe to; but a few quick clicks on bloggers I wasn't familiar with brought me to some very interesting blogs. I'll be subscribing to these, and will spread the news in Java Today and my own blogs when I see very interesting new posts.

If you haven't looked for Java information on the Oracle Technology Network recently, you may find it worth your time to pay a visit to the OTN's Java Developer Center. It's a resource I'll certainly be utilizing going forward.


In Java Today, James Gosling poses the question Next??, and discusses a few of the possibilities he's considering:

The couple of weeks that have passed since I resigned have been amazing. All the touching comments on my blog, emails, facebook and linkedin messages have been wonderful. It was an incredible community of people that together did great things and had a lot of fun. I've spent an awful lot of time reading these messages and answering as many as I could...

Geertjan Wielenga writes about training/workship he and Toni Epple recently gave in Norwegian Wood:

Today Toni Epple and I completed the delivery of the training/workshop at the Institute of Marine Research (IMR) in Bergen, Norway. It can definitely be seen as a successful adventure. The first three days were spent doing the NetBeans Platform Certified Training, focusing on all the main themes of the NetBeans Platform (module system, window system, lookup, filesystem, nodes, explorer views, and visual library)...

Michael Huttermann talks about his upcoming book Fragile Agile:

My German book "Fragile Agile" has a face now, i.e. a cover. The book is published by Hanser. This has the effect that we may win the nobel prize with this book 2011, as Hanser did this year with another book. In contrast to this other book, our book here is more for a mass market....


In the Weblogs, Fabrizio Giudici posted blueBill Mobile goes Android:

blueBill Mobile has been initially developed for JavaFX and has been blogged about a bit in the past. I already anticipated that a version in JME was in the pipeline; in the meantime, since unfortunately there hasn't been any announce from Oracle about JavaFX for Android phones, I started the development of a specific Android version. It is important also for start involving some users, as I've been unlucky in finding a good number of them able to test JavaFX Mobile applications...

Alexander Schunk posted his first java.net blog since early 2008, JMath a Java API for doing math:

Hello. I would like to introduce JMath project. JMath is math API for doing serious math with Java. With JMath you can do linear algebra, set calculations, general math calculations such as arithmetics, fractions and the like. Also, with JMath you will be able to do serious statistics. Origin of JMath is the former LinAlg API. LinAlg API is part of JMath is now being developed by SysConsult IT Consulting Company...

Joshua Marinacci talks about Palm's webOS, the OS Built From the Web, Puts Users and Developers First:

There's been a ton of talk lately about several mobile operating systems and their problems, such as language restrictions, fragmentation, and anti-competitive practices. It's never a good idea to talk bad about your competition, so I'll take this opportunity to simply say a few things about the webOS (the OS that powers Palm's Pre and Pixi phones) that you might not know...


In the Forums, in the LWUIT forum, sanchitgupta wants to know How to set command listner for specific label: Hi, I am creating a Java ME applictaion with help of LWUIT. I have to associate each label with a particular command. Please help me. I am a beginner in mobile programming...

In the GlassFish forum, ido_ran has an issue involving Deploy Update war: Hi, I have a web application deployed on several machines. I update this web application every few days and I would like to know what possible ways exist to deploy the update to the exists machines? Currently I either do it manually...

In the Java SE forum, syrenity has a problem where the JVM hangs beyond recovery: Hi. I hit a possible deadlock in JVM, which causes my JNI application to hang. It happens usually on start-up, and the JVM just stuck, jstack and other tools are not working and the only option is to get a threads dump via GDB...


Our Spotlight this week is the Java Developer Center on the Oracle Technology Network:

Java is one of the computer industry's best known brands and most widely deployed technologies. Oracle Fusion Middleware is built on Java technology in support of applications and services written in the Java language. With the acquisition of Sun, Oracle will drive continued innovation and investment in Java technology for the benefit of customers and the Java community.


This week's java.net Poll asks What's your reaction to the new cross-platform compiler restrictions in the iPhone Developer Agreement? The poll will be open until Friday.


Our latest Feature Article is Dibyendu Roy's Rethinking Multi-Threaded Design Principles, Part 2, which provides guidance on how to harness the processing powere of next generation multicore processors. We're also featuring HTML5 Server-Push Technologies, Part 1 by Gregor Roth; this two-part series explains the new Server-Sent Events and WebSockets API in HTML5. And we're featuring Flexible Swing Reporting Using JIDE Aggregate and Pivot Tables, by Malcolm Davis (in which you learn about a Swing report alternative that provides 90% of the solution with 10% of the effort).


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