Is An Agile Java Standard Possible?

  This week we had one of the three face-to-face meetings that the JCP executive committee (EC) has each year. This is only my second meeting of this format; despite my long history with Java it’s interesting to see the way things work from this perspective. Since the minutes of the meeting have not yet

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Using Java? Keep Calm And Carry On

An article was published recently in The Register, that has raised concerns about the licensing implications of using Oracle’s Java offerings. Many end-users have expressed concerns about whether they need to pay to use Java. To help resolve some of this confusion Oracle’s Java Platform Group, Product Management team posted a blog entry describing their

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Java Performance Mythbusters

Java is the most popular application development platform on the planet, but that doesn’t always mean its simple to understand. Certainly not from the point of view of performance. Unlike most other platforms there is the Java Virtual Machine (JVM) that introduces an additional layer between your application code and the physical machine on which

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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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