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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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November 2010

November 30, 2010

Alan Bateman: file paths and file URIs

A brief summary of some improvements to the handling of file URIs in JDK 7.

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November 29, 2010

Kelly OHair: JDK7: EA Java vendor properties have changed

A few months back I tried to give a heads up on the so called rebranding efforts in JDK7 where the patterns Sun Microsystems, Inc. were being changed to Oracle Corporation. Well, with a little sadness in my heart, the bulk of these rebranding chang...

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November 28, 2010

Mark Wielaard: Moving Java forward through the JCP?

Mark Reinhold recently pointed out that he, Joe Darcy and Brian Goetz had submitted their OpenJDK work on features for JDK7 and JDK8 to the JCP for standardization. Normally I am somewhat sceptical about the JCP. I dont believe the JCP fosters a tru...

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November 24, 2010

Cay Horstmann: A Report from the Sewer Hole: Cygwin, JLine, rxvt, and the Scala REPL

I have students running Windows, Linux, and Mac OS X, and I like to encourage students to choose whatever platform makes them most productive. But I also like to be able to give out one set of instructions, grading scripts, etc. to everyone. Fortuna...

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November 24, 2010

Andrew Hughes: IcedTea6 1.7.6, 1.8.3 and 1.9.2 Released!

We are pleased to announce a new set of security releases, IcedTea6 1.7.6, IcedTea6 1.8.3 and IcedTea6 1.9.2. This update contains the following security updates: RH645843, CVE-2010-3860: IcedTea System property information leak via public static ...

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November 22, 2010

Cay Horstmann: A Condensed Monospaced Font

When the time comes for my graduate students to write their project reports, I give them a long checklist of do's and don'ts. One of the more vexing issues is the code font. I am astonished how many people who have been programming for years are una...

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November 21, 2010

Jeroen Frijters: How to Detect if a Method is Overridden

Suppose you want to know if (the class of) a particular object overrides a virtual method. For an example of this see OpenJDK's Thread.isCCLOverriden() (line 1573).

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November 20, 2010

Stephen Colebourne: Devoxx whiteboard votes 2010

As usual at Devoxx, there were a number of Whiteboard polls. These aim to capture the sense of the community and are of course only semi-scientific!

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November 16, 2010

Joe Darcy: Project Coin: JSR Filed!

Keeping with the plan of Plan B for JDK 7 and 8, a Java Specification Request (JSR) proposal has been submitted to the JCP covering the language features explored by Project Coin. The proposal for Small Language Changes to Enhance Productivity is...

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November 16, 2010

Mark Reinhold: A JSR Quartet

Allegro, allegretto, adagio, presto

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