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Time to Move On

Monday November 11, 2013

Time seems to be increasingly scarce these days so it's time for me to move on from the Java site.

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Java SE 7 Update 45 Released

Thursday October 17, 2013

Java 7 Update 45 has been released and the JDK is available to download from Oracle's Java download page.

The release notes show this to be a security fix release. There are 51 new security fixes as outlined in the Oracle Critical Patch Update Advisory for October.

The Adopt OpenJDK Program

Thursday October 10, 2013

Last week I mentioned the Adopt a JSR program but there is another JUG led initiative which is also working hard to make Java the best programming language it can be. The Adopt OpenJDK program aims to get the Java community involved in the process of creating the JDK itself.

From the Adopt OpenJDK team:

"As of Java 7, OpenJDK is the Reference Implementation (RI) for Java. In essence, the OpenJDK is the Java we use every day! With legal and technical barriers become smaller every day, it is now more possible than ever to get involved in the language and VM that we all love."

The main goals of the OpenJDK program are :

  • Lower the technical barriers to allow developers, JUGs and organisations to get involved in OpenJDK
  • Improve the Java, the language and the platform
  • To promote OpenJDK in the wider Java community
  • Broaden the base of contributors to OpenJDK

If you want to involved in the ongoing development of Java and learn some new skills at the same time, check out the Adopt OpenJDK program and the projects they're currently working on.

Related Articles:
Adopt a JSR
What Is a JUG?

Still Building Java Robots

Sunday October 6, 2013

I just saw an old favorite, Robocode, has released another update for the programming learning game. Robots in Robocode have been battling away since 2001 and it's not likely that they'll stop anytime soon. If you've not come across Robocode before, it's a fun way to learn how to program in Java.

Sometimes when you're learning a programming language, you need a project to get your teeth into to keep you interested. What better way than to build a robot that blows up other robots? If you're squeamish, don't worry, as all the robots get put back together before there's any chance of them being blown up all over again.

Related Articles:
What Is Robocode?
Exercise: Build a Simple Robocode Robot

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