by Caroline Kvitka, Java Magazine Editor in Chief
The July/August issue of Java Magazine explores the Java Virtual Machine (JVM), and includes a JavaOne preview. While often overshadowed by the Java language, the Java Virtual Machine is the cornerstone of the Java platform. It gives Java its hardware and operating system independence, small compiled code size, and protection from malicious programs. We’ve dedicated almost an entire issue to the JVM, so if you haven’t paid much attention to it lately, buckle up and get ready for the ride.
One of the most notable things about the JVM is that it can run hundreds of programming languages besides the Java language—providing developers with flexibility and freedom of choice. In our cover story, “Alternative Languages for the JVM,” Raoul-Gabriel Urma takes a look at eight JVM languages and some of the benefits of using them. In “Performing 10 Routine Operations Using Different JVM Languages,” Venkat Subramaniam further explores the benefits of alternative languages—while also showing how Java SE 8 handles certain tasks. Developing JavaFX applications? Check out Josh Juneau’s article, “JavaFX with Alternative Languages,” to discover how alternative languages and custom APIs can speed development.
We also focus on things you can do to make the JVM work better for you. Julien Ponge shares advice on avoiding benchmarking pitfalls on the JVM, and Cas Saternos gets us up to speed on server-side deployment on the JVM. In addition, Marcus Hirt introduces us to a profiling and diagnostics tool for Java applications running on the JVM and Ben Evans gives us a primer on just-in-time compilation.
Want more? Make sure to register for JavaOne, September 28–October 2 in San Francisco, California, which features a dedicated JVM Languages track (and check out our JavaOne conference preview [with speaker previews and coffeeshop recommendations]).
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