Many readers ask how we do it and what it takes to bring each
issue of JDJ together every month.
I am fortunate to be part of a great team at JDJ. We hang out
regularly in an IRC chat room, exchanging ideas and thoughts, and
helping each other. Most of the magazine is constructed and planned
from this "infamous" chat room; while we are strewn all over the
globe, each of us in separate time zones, in our heads we're all
sitting around the same "virtual" table. When a story breaks, we're
available to react immediately. It's a different sense of community
than you get from e-mail - a lot more personal and not as cold.
Our respective employers are getting the benefit of a global
support team should any of us get stuck with a problem. It's a
beautiful thing and if you're part of a small engineering team, you
should get into a chat room and open up your horizons and exchange
We all follow different areas of the Java spectrum and if
there's something that has caught our attention, we share it and
dissect it. We read and comment on many blogs and forums, and it's a
great honor for us that one of the more famed bloggers, Hani
Suleiman, has written this month's Viewpoint. I urge you to read
Hani's editorial and then check out his blog site, which is a little
more animated. He treads where others dare not.
While I'm on the subject of must-reads in this issue, check
out Jason Bell's editorial, "A Modern-Day Cinderella," where he
shines the spotlight on the core Java edition: J2SE. I couldn't agree
more with Jason, and at this year's JavaOne, Sun hinted at a better
branding of the editions.
The Java landscape is changing and we're preparing JDJ to
change with it. We're in the process of breathing life into a couple
of new sections and are branding another. We're looking to broaden
the readership and not exclude those who are new to Java from
learning something different each month, irrespective of their Java
expertise. We have found a great addition to the editorial team who
is no stranger to these pages - Joe Winchester, from IBM, will be our
desktop editor and together we're feverishly carving out this new
The JDJ Advisory Board is very active and to reflect these
changes we are proud to announce an addition to the family: Thorsten
Laux, desktop strategist from Sun. He'll be making sure we're heading
in the right direction.
JDJ has gone through many changes and people in its time, a
reflection of the evolution of the Java language. If you ever wonder
how far we've come, dig out your old JDJs and read some of the
articles from six years ago. It's amusing to read some of the dreams
and aspirations we, as a community, had. For example, notice the
discussions around applets and all the things we could do with them.
But did we? No. We let Macromedia slip in and grab the limelight from
right under us with Flash.
Naturally you wonder what we'll be kicking ourselves for in
six years. Will we have let Microsoft creep in and steal our thunder
with C#? Will Java have fragmented in much the same way C did, with
I think we've learned our lesson with the whole applet-Flash
incident. We've done a sterling job of dominating the enterprise
space and continue to thwart the attempts of Microsoft to gain a
But we can't be complacent as the fight is never over.
Competing technologies just make us strive harder as we aim to
provide the best possible solutions to existing and emerging problems.
About The Author
Alan Williamson, when not answering your e-mails and working on the
next issue of JDJ, heads up a small team dubbed the "Thunderbirds of
the Java industry," providing on- and offsite rescue for Java
projects in trouble. For more information visit www.javaSOS.com.
You can also read his blog: http://alan.blog-city.com.