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Can you believe it? I know I certainly can't. This column is officially celebrating its twelfth issue, and being the mathematical genius that I am ­ and since this joyous magazine is printed on a monthly schedule ­ I can safely deduce that our first year anniversary is upon us. Fantastic. Experts reckon that most marriages break up in the first year, so I guess we've successfully made it past the hardest part. On that note I think we'll take a whistlestop tour of what I've been ranting about over the last year and look at any changes that make the arguments posed in the last 12 months seem silly now. Updates I've looked at a variety of issues that touch most of us in the Java world. As regulars know, this column isn't afraid to walk on the ice of controversy. It's been known for us to name names, and to make some of the bigger names accountable for their actions. A r... (more)

JDJ's Exclusive JavaOne Coverage

Where were you in mid-June 1999, between the 15th and the 18th? I know where at least 20,000 of you were: Moscone Center, San Francisco. San Francisco was host to this year's JavaOne conference - the ultimate show for anyone involved in the Java universe. If you didn't manage to make it out to the West Coast, lend me your eyes for a wee while and I'll take you through some of the things you missed. If you did manage to go, let me hopefully jog some happy memories as I take you behind the scenes. Most people's JavaOne experience begins with the queue for their regulation JavaOne ba... (more)

Java 1.4 and the Rest!

Guess what? It’s JavaOne month. That came around fast – and don’t panic if you’re sitting there wondering where the year went; it hasn’t, well not yet anyway. JavaOne is earlier this year, with only a nine-month gap from the previous one. It’s moved back to its old March time slot, which makes traveling and staying in San Francisco a little cheaper. Early reports indicate that attendance will be down this year, but I think that’s a good thing – it was getting too big. Never enough time for all the sessions you want to attend or to talk to the people you want to meet. We’ll report... (more)

Open Source "Spying" On Open Source: The CIA Project

LinuxWorld.com recently had the pleasure to interview Micah Dowty, founder and principal contributor to a rather unique project aptly named CIA (http://cia.navi.cx/).  CIA is a project that monitors a wide range of open source projects in real time tracking changes, building statistics, and alerting through a number of channels on events. [LW] Tell us a brief history of yourself and how you came up with the idea for CIA.  What were you trying to solve? [MT] CIA is really the survivor in a chain of failed projects. It started with the Kiwi, my attempt at building a very inexpensiv... (more)

The JavaStation vs. NetPC

Sun and Oracle caused a stir with their introduction of the network computer (NC) this past spring. Their idea is that the total cost of ownership of today's PCs is too high, opening the door for a low-cost, low-maintenance data appliance. So strong was the reaction of the industry that Microsoft and Intel were forced to quickly pull together a rapid counteroffensive - the NetPC. How does this battle affect the Java developer? First, let's take a closer look at what the fuss is all about. Sun and Oracle have each come out with their own versions of the network computer. Sun's ne... (more)