Holiday Pictures 2006
For technical reasons related to Wednesday's crash, we weren't able to produce the "Holiday Pictures 2006" as a feature article, like we've done in the past, so I'm going to use the last blog of 2006 to share the various contributions.
Daniel López is thankful this holiday season for the open-sourcing of the Java platform. So he sent in "a quick shot inside the office with a Duke we had from a J1 edition, the Suse mascot a Linux guy had on top of his monitor and a mini-Christmas tree my girlfriend handycrafted."
Balakumar Muthu sent in two pictures, and writes "I would like to dedicate this picture to the Java Developers community all over the world and especially to Mary Smaragdis, Sun Microsystems."
Finally, Leonardo S. De Seta writes in: "Duke has been around here, in Buenos Aires, Argentina. I just met him at the Obelisk, an emblematic and traditional monument in this city. He asked me to take this shot and send it to you. So, here it is!"
Thanks to everyone who participated.
This is the last editor's blog for 2006. We'll be freezing the front page next week so that we can spend the holidays with our families. Projects, forums, weblogs, mailing lists, wikis, and community pages will still be live, so feel free to check out the various parts of the site. We'll be back with a new front page on Tuesday, January 2, 2007.
Today will also be the last day for the "Java News" section. I'd like to say thanks to News Editor Steve Mallett, who worked on the section alongside his many other pursuits. Steve set up a site called PlanetJava.org to assist with pulling in the daily news, and if you're interested in a constantly-updated collection of Java headlines from about the web, check it out. Thanks again, Steve.
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switch statements, XML literals, and an overloaded dot operator.
The sungrid project is the parent to Sun Grid Developer Community projects as they migrate from developer.network.com to java.net. The Sun Grid Compute Utility at Network.com provides easy and affordable access to an enormous computing resource over the Internet for the predictable and all-inclusive price of $1/CPU-hr.
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