Thursday, December 29, 2011

Java 7 Recipes: A Problem-Solution Approach

This is a quick post to mention a new book that will be published soon entitled Java 7 Recipes. I had the pleasure of leading a team of excellent authors: Carl Dea, Mark Beaty, Freddy Guime, and John O' Conner in the authoring of this book. It features a problem-solution approach demonstrating how to get up and running quickly with the Java language. The book features some of the most common questions for newbies starting to develop with Java, and provides answers in an easy-to-learn and reuse manner. It also features some of the most common intermediate and advanced problems and solutions, as well as material that is new to the Java 7 release.

Carl Dea wrote several chapters on JavaFX 2.0, and the material covers enough information to get started with JavaFX 2.0 and then delves into some advanced examples as well. If you are looking to learn the latest in Java desktop and rich internet client development, you will want to check out the chapters on JavaFX 2.0.

Mark Beaty wrote a chapter covering data structures and iteration. He is an expert in object oriented Java concepts, and this chapter covers some of the most fundamental parts of the Java language. Mark also was a technical reviewer for the book, and he did an excellent job of working through the material and solidifying it. I would also like to give a shout out to David Coffin who also performed technical review on several of the chapters...great work!

Freddy Guime is a Java expert who wrote chapters on input/output, exceptions, concurrency, unit testing, and more. Freddy has presented at JavaOne several times and his material exploits his knowledge of the Java language.

John O' Conner has been an avid Java developer for years, and is seasoned in the language. He began his career with Sun Microsystems and helped to develop the internationalization and Unicode support libraries of the core Java SE platform. He authored chapters on those topics for the book, and more.

I authored chapters varying from Strings, object orientation, numbers and dates, database development, and more. We even threw in a chapter on Android so that interested Java developers could take a look at how to develop applications for the Android platform.

Check this book out soon, or pre-order now on Amazon the Apress site. This is a must-have for any Java developer!

I am currently working on my latest Apress book entitled Java EE 7 should be published late next year...stay tuned for more updates on that book!

Friday, March 04, 2011

Django-Jython 1.3.0 Final Available

The Django-Jython project is proud to announce the release of Django-Jython 1.3.0 Final!

This release adds Django 1.3.x compatibility for the Oracle, MySQL, MS SQL, and PostgreSQL backends. Please test with your Django-Jython apps and provide feedback.

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Thanks to all of those who helped out with this release, your time and effort is truly appreciated!

Support for Django 1.4 is coming soon...

Thursday, March 03, 2011

Jython 2.5.2 Final Released

The Jython development team is proud to announce the release of Jython 2.5.2 final! With this release comes new features, better performance, bug fixes, etc.

For the latest release info, please visit:

Thanks to all of the developers for the hard work they put into this release. Looking forward to moving onto 2.6!