Last night I browsed the just released November-December issue of Java Magazine from cover to cover. To say that I'm "impressed" would be a huge understatement. Now, it's true that I made some contributions (to the "Java Nation" section) -- but I still count myself an unbiased observor of the rest of the issue, which I was seeing for the first time. That's what really impresses me.

The organizing forces behind Java Magazine are Senior Managing Editor Caroline Kvitka and Oracle Technology Network leader Justin Kestelyn. For issue 2 (the first issue came out around the time of Java 7's release), they've put together a selection of news items and technical articles that covers the breadth of the Java realm (from mobile devices to the enterprise), and also speaks to the broad range of Java/JVM developers (from beginners to highly-experienced architects). The November-December 2011 Java Magazine is only 58 pages long (PDF), but it's chock full of substantive content.

A quick look at the roster of authors and the articles they contributed illustrates my point:

  • Philip J. Gill writes about the start-up dooApp, which is applying JavaFX technology to support the work of green building professionals;
  • David Baum writes about "Austria's E-Health System: Driven by Java";
  • Michael Kolling instructs beginners on how to use Greenfoot to create their first interactive computer game;
  • JUG-AFRICAfounder Max Bonbhel provides an "Introduction to RESTful Web Services (Part 2)";
  • Michael Huettermann illustrates "Agile ALM (Application Life Management) for Java Developers";
  • Winston Prakash and Susan Duncan present "Understanding the Hudson Plug-in Development Framework: Part I";
  • Michael Meloan interviews Nandini Ramani about the key features of JavaFX 2.0 in "Shock the Senses";
  • Simon Ritter investigates "JavaFX and Swing Integration";
  • James L. Weaver demonstrates "Using Transitions for Animation in JavaFX 2.0";
  • Adam Bien shares his knowledge and experience with "Stress Testing Java EE 6 Applications";
  • Vikram Goyal talks about "Getting Started with GameCanvas and the Mobile Sensor API";
  • London Java Community leaders Benjamin J. Evans and Martijn Verburg provide "Tips about how and why to choose a non-Java language for your project";
  • Java Language and JVM Spec Lead Alex Buckley talks with Michael Meloan about the 2011 JVM Language Summit and the evolution of the JVM and the Java platform.

Do you see what I mean? No matter what your area of fundamental interest in Java and the JVM is, there's some very interesting content in the Nov-Dec Java Magazine awaiting you. And, beyond your area of fundamental interest, the magazine provides an opportunity to keep up on other regions within the Java/JVM global realm.

I'm quite impressed! (Oh, did I say that already?)

I'm sure some developers had negative thoughts when they first heard about Java Magazine. "Oh, Oracle's making a Java magazine to try to make us like them, and manipulate us into ..." Sure, Java Magazine is a slick publication. But it's also one of the most professionally rendered content-dense developer-centric technology magazines I've ever seen -- and I've been around, subscribing to magazines aimed at software engineers, beyond 3 decades now (I remember the early issues of Byte).

If you're a Java/JVM developer, I don't think it makes sensenot to be a Java Magazine subscriber. As they say, the train has left the station, and in the case of Java Magazine, it's carrying successful Java start-ups, Java Champions, the Spec Leads who are leading Java's forward evolution... Make your own choice, but I'm glad I subscribe. Weblogs

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