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The Font of All Knowledge About Java and Fonts

Around the middle of the 15th century, Johannes Gutenberg introduced the metal movable-type printing press. I think it would be easy to argue that this was one of the most significant inventions in history for enabling widespread access to information; something today we take very much for granted. The metal type pieces of Gutenberg’s press…

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Updated Choices For Java Updates

Last month was of particular significance to both Java developers and users. The reason was the release of update 202 of Oracle JDK 8, which was the final public update (for commercial users) of JDK 8 from Oracle. Users now need to think carefully about their strategy for updating the Java runtime in the future….

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Focusing on Java at Jfokus

Last week was the annual Jfokus conference held, as usual, at the Waterfront Conference Centre in Stockholm. Looking at the Jfokus archives, the conference started back in 2007 and attracted about 450 people (an impressive achievement for a new conference). This year was the thirteenth edition, and there were over 2,000 people in attendance. When…

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Mountains, Molluscs and Java

I’ve been in the IT industry for quite along time now.  In fact, if you count from when I first started working as a programmer during my degree, it’s a little over 34 years.  During that time I’ve seen quite a few changes, one of which is how much space it takes to install an…

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Oracle Code One Afterglow

Earlier this year, Oracle announced that it was “enhancing” the traditional JavaOne conference. Personally, I found this a rather odd way of describing the changes that they had planned. Essentially, Oracle had decided to abandon the Java-only aspect of the conference and add content on several other languages (like Python and Javascript) as well as…

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Measuring Up Java Usage

Today saw the publication of “the largest survey ever of Java developers”, run by Simon Maple of Snyk and Andrew Binstock, Editor of the Java Magazine. As the first of a four-part series this set of results covers which JDK the 10,200 respondents make use of for their main projects. Unsurprisingly, the vast majority are…

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Java: Still In the Zone

This week was the JavaZone conference in Oslo, which I was fortunate to attend again. Looking back, this is the seventh time I’ve presented at this conference. As with other Java conferences that have been running for many years, the organisation has become flawless. That said, I know the organisers put in an incredible amount…

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What Comes After JDK 8?

As the Azul alternate representative on the JCP Executive Committee (EC), I get to attend all the EC meetings and take part in the various discussions. One topic that the EC has been devoting a lot of energy to recently is the adoption of the Java platform, post-JDK 8. Ordinarily, this would be a discussion…

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Eliminating Java Update Confusion

It has become clear to me, having spoken to many developers at many different events and seen recent postings on sites like Reddit, that there is still a lot of confusion about how the JDK will be delivered and updated in the future. In this post, I’ll clarify, as concisely as possible, with references to…

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