New series and podcasts, and a virtual shootout
JenniAloi 120000JEBE Visits (1946)
Hi Java enthusiasts. Long time, no write. I've been occupied with my day job, but I wanted to share some newsworthy items that you may have overlooked on the Java zone.
First, after far too long a hiatus, Brian Goetz, Oracle's Java Language Architect, returns to dW with a new series, Language designer's notebook. With each quarterly installment, Brian will explore the issues that present challenges in the evolution of the Java language. This first article explores how real-world data can be used to inform and influence decisions. Long time readers of the dW Java zone will remember Brian's original series, Java theory and practice, which ran for more than five years. The vast majority of the topics he discussed is still relevant and applicable, and his special skill comes in distilling complex topics. I'm sure this new series will be no exception, and I'm delighted to have Brian back in the fold.
We've also been burning through a backlog of Java technical podcasts. If you've not checked in lately, Season 2 has some excellent interviews. You'll hear from Jason Huggins and Simon Stewart on Selenium 2, Andres Almiray on Griffon, Ryan McGeary on CoffeeScript, and more. We'll be posting at least one new podcast weekly to catch up, so bookmark that page.
Finally, back in February, I took a trip to Austin to meet with some members of the Austin JUG. During our mini roundtable, we discussed a number of topics, including mobile, PaaS, healthcare, others. This past week, two articles that were a direct result of that discussion, appeared on our virtual pages, both by Michael Yuan. Michael is an engaging person, and his enthusiasm for his work is clear. His "Java PaaS shootout" has been very well received, and his look into how Watson (yes, that Watson) could revolutionize clinical decision support with its natural language processing and semantic search. Michael's definitely a keeper, and you'll be seeing his work more frequently on our virtual pages.