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February 01, 2011

Mark Wielaard: New GPG key. Finally created a new GPG key using gnupg. The old one was a DSA/1024 bits one and 8 years old. The new one is a RSA/2048 bits one. I will use the new one in the future to sign any release tarballs I might create. pub 2048R/57816A6A 2011-01-29 Key f...

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February 01, 2011

Andrew Hughes: [SECURITY] IcedTea6 1.7.8, 1.8.5, 1.9.5 Released!. We are pleased to announce a new set of security releases, IcedTea6 1.7.8, IcedTea6 1.8.5 and IcedTea6 1.9.5. This update contains the following security updates: The IcedTea project provides a harness to build the source code from OpenJDK6 u...

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My First Java Post

My first experience with software development took place when I was 12 years old. I can still recall my mom taking me to my first software programming course. The year was 1982. I was still a child. The course took place in De-Shalit high school (Rehovot, Israel) in a class equipped with big black and white TVs connected with Sinclair ZX-81, the first personal computer in the world, equipped with 1K RAM memory. Basic was the first programming language I learned. My first program was a racing car game. Given the limited Sinclair ZX-81, it was based on big black rectangles that represented the cars. In 1983 I started to attend youth software programming courses delivered in Weizmann Institute of Science (Rehovot, Israel). I believe it was those courses that set the seeds for turning software development hobby into profession.   I can still recall those green monitors we had in Weizmann Institute labs, where the courses took place. The courses focused on the Pascal programming language and they served as a great path for learning beautiful software development topics, such as recursion, data structures and sophisticated algorithms.     My second personal computer was General 64B, an Apple II E compatible desktop. It cost $1000 and it had 64K. I can still recall buying a special card that enabled Cobol programming. The years passed, and when I reached hig...

Date: September, 12 2010

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