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More Cost Effective Support for Java on the Desktop

Although Java started life targeted at desktops, its popularity has really grown to dominate the server and subsequently cloud spaces. Many people would dismiss Java on the desktop, but you would be surprised at the number of people and organisations still using it. The reality of “Write once, run anywhere” dramatically simplifies the deployment of…

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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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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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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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