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(Don’t Fear) the Java

  There was an interesting discussion on the Java Champions alias recently under the title, “Fear of Java”. The initial post was related to a University faculty that was evaluating which version of Java to use. Given the issue that it brought up, I thought it was worth discussing in a blog post. I’ll quote…

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Twenty Years of Speakjava

It occurred to me recently that I had just passed a substantial milestone in my career. I started working for Sun Microsystems in February 1996 but, at that time, with Java being so new my role was to help drive adoption of Solaris on Intel with major ISVs like Oracle, Informix and Lotus Notes (hands…

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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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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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Java’s Magic Sauce

Or should I say, Java’s Magic Source? If we go all the way back to JDK 1.0, there were 211 classes in the public API. Out of interest, I created a graph showing the growth in public classes over time. To extract my data I used the API documentation and copied the list of all…

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