Did you have a Black Friday that was record-setting and boring?

That was the report from one of the world’s largest e-commerce sites. They worked hard to make their holiday shopping season a success, and here’s what they reported after Black Friday 2016: “We had an awesome and a BORING holiday. Yes, I said BORING, which is what me and my team worked really hard for.

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20 Years Of Java Deprecation

I’m really not sure how I stumbled across this link, but it was a while ago and I put a reminder in my diary so I’d remember the twentieth anniversary of the unveiling of the @deprecated javadoc tag. As such I thought some reflections on this would make an interesting blog entry. When Java was

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Azul Systems Announces Zulu OpenJDK Support for Windows Server 2016

Earlier today we made the following announcement, aligned with the Windows Server 2016 launch at this week’s Microsoft Ignite. Highlights of the announcement: Azul’s Zulu Enterprise now includes 100% open source, certified builds of OpenJDK with support for Windows Server 2016 Ideal for organizations and developers that prefer open source and want the peace of

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Java: The No. 1 Platform For IoT Development

There were two interesting pieces of news this week related to the use of Java in embedded devices to help power the so-called “Internet of Things” (IoT). The first is the results of a survey carried out by the Eclipse Foundation, (there’s also a slide deck) asking IoT developers about what they’re doing and what

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Exceptional Exception Handling In JDK 8 Streams

In my last blog entry, I used a small piece of code I was working on to demonstrate how pre-JDK 8 code using external iteration could be converted to use streams with a powerful standard collector. I also highlighted the problem that can arise when exceptions can be thrown from within a Lambda expression used

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Zulu Embedded (OpenJDK) for ARM v7 and 32-bit v8 is ready for download

On July 28 we announced the general availability of Zulu Embedded (OpenJDK) for ARM v7 and 32-bit v8 designs. We also announced our embedded processor roadmap for the next 6 months, which includes ARM (32 and 64-bit), Intel X64 (32 and 64-bit), PowerPC and MIPS processors. Fully-supported Zulu Embedded builds of OpenJDK for 32-bit ARM

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Java Community: The Ghost In The Virtual Machine

  I’ve often heard the term, “Ghost in the machine” in the past, but never went to the trouble of finding out where it originated. According to Wikipedia the English philosopher, Gilbert Ryle, coined the phrase as a description of René Descartes’ mind-body dualism. “What does this have to do with Java?” I hear you

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