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Up till now, changes to Java have been pretty much constrained to APIs and the inner workings of the Java 2 platform. All of this will change once the JDK 1.5 has been released. The extent of these changes was revealed in a recent interview with Joshua Bloch (http://java.sun.com/features/ 2003/05/bloch_qa.html). As illuminating as the interview was, it left me with a number of questions, so I started to search for answers by reading JSR 201. If you read this JSR, you'll find that it doesn't include a critical discussion of the proposed changes, nor is there any supporting documentation that includes a record of such a discussion. In fact, I was unable to find a public record of any critical discussion. Surely those discussions took place. What alternatives were proposed and why were they ultimately rejected? Do the proposed changes represent a direction for the evolu... (more)

No Fluff, Just Stuff: A Just In Time Conference

Last year I was introduced to the No Fluff, Just Stuff (NFJS) Software symposium (www.nofluffjuststuff.com) in Atlanta. It was a high-quality experience in every aspect. The speakers delivered more than technical information, they delivered an insight into what was happening in our industry. The Dallas edition of NFJS (Lone Star Software Symposium) maintained (if not exceeded) this high standard and it too delivered on the promise of a small and very personal experience where participants and presenters mix throughout the three-day event. NFJS was organized by Jay Zimmerman in 2... (more)

JDJ Meets Sun's JCP 2.6 Maestro, Aaron Williams

In a very brief 8 months Aaron Williams, spec lead for the largest expert group currently functioning in the JCP, guided the group to a consensus on the next version of the JCP. Highlights of the next-generation JCP include processes to increase transparency, encourage broader participation, and improve overall efficiency of the process while support specification leads. In addition, it offers resources to reduce the burden on the spec leads. "We want to involve more people sooner" said Williams in a recent interview. This version of the JCP opens up the first review period to all... (more)

The Commercialization of Open Source

We've all heard the news: JBoss has received $10 million in funding and now it's time to sit back and mull it over. Without a doubt this infusion of capital is a signal of confidence for JBoss Group. But is this investment a good thing for open source? Not an unimportant question for those of us who have decided to use open source in our enterprise applications. If organizations are just now deciding to use open source, this announcement could cause them to rethink their decision and weigh the possibility that their choice may not be so open as it has been. We do have a few exemp... (more)

Yet Another IDE War

To view our full selection of recent Eclipse stories click here Well, you may have seen the Java Industry Newsletter's hot story, "Eclipse versus NetBeans." As an editor of this fine publication, it's my privilege to see all of our feedback arriving at my inbox. My first reaction was, oh please, not another IDE war. But I dutifully suppressed the urge to delete the e-mails and started to read them. Most of the posts tried to be helpful by offering advice like, "Eclipse rocks, its user interface feels more natural and is very snappy." There were other comments like "NetBeans rocks,... (more)