Sunday Sep 22, 2013

Duke's Choice Award Winners 2013

Honored at JavaOne, the 2013 Duke's Choice Awards prove that lots of innovation is happening in the Java community. This year’s Duke’s Choice Award winners range from
the serious and cerebral to the practical, amusing, and entertaining. These projects are pushing the frontiers of medicine and technology by simulating the human brain and musculoskeletal system; providing guidance to cars
on the highway, satellites in space, and robotic fish under water; training tomorrow’s Java programmers; making Java applications more secure; and building communities. Read more about them in the feature article of the latest Java Magazine.

2013 Duke's Choice Award Winners

(in alphabetical order by organization name)

CONGRATUATIONS TO ALL THE WINNERS!

The Duke's Choice Award program is open to all members of the Java community and nominations are accepted by anyone, including Oracle employees, for any compelling use of Java technology. The most important ingredient is innovation. It recognizes and celebrates the innovation that Java delivers. 

Wednesday Sep 26, 2012

Talking JavaOne with Rock Star Adam Bien

Among the most celebrated developers in recent years, especially in the domain of Java EE and JavaFX, is consultant Adam Bien, who, in addition to being a JavaOne Rock Star for Java EE sessions given in 2009 and 2011, is a Java Champion, the winner of Oracle Magazine’s 2011 Top Java Developer of the Year Award, and recently won a 2012 JAX Innovation Award as a top Java Ambassador.

Bien will be presenting the following sessions:

  • TUT3907 - Java EE 6/7: The Lean Parts
  • CON3906 - Stress-Testing Java EE 6 Applications Without Stress
  • CON3908 - Building Serious JavaFX 2 Applications
  • CON3896 - Interactive Onstage Java EE Overengineering

I spoke with Bien to get his take on Java today. He expressed excitement that the smallest companies and startups are showing increasing interest in Java EE. “This is a very good sign,” said Bien. “Only a few years ago J2EE was mostly used by larger companies -- now it becomes interesting even for one-person shows. Enterprise Java events are also extremely popular. On the Java SE side, I'm really excited about Project Nashorn.”

Nashorn is an upcoming JavaScript engine, developed fully in Java by Oracle, and based on the Da Vinci Machine (JSR 292) which is expected to be available for Java 8.  

Bien expressed concern about a common misconception regarding Java's mediocre productivity. “The problem is not Java,” explained Bien, “but rather systems built with ancient patterns and approaches. Sometimes it really is ‘Cargo Cult Programming.’ Java SE/EE can be incredibly productive and lean without the unnecessary and hard-to-maintain bloat. The real problems are ‘Ivory Towers’ and not Java’s lack of productivity.”

Bien remarked that if there is one thing he wanted Java developers to understand it is that, "Premature optimization is the root of all evil. Or at least of some evil. Modern JVMs and application servers are hard to optimize upfront. It is far easier to write simple code and measure the results continuously. Identify the hotspots first, then optimize.”

He advised Java EE developers to, “Rethink everything you know about Enterprise Java. Before you implement anything, ask the question: ‘Why?’ If there is no clear answer -- just don't do it. Most well known best practices are outdated. Focus your efforts on the domain problem and not the technology.”

Looking ahead, Bien said, “I would like to see open source application servers running directly on a hypervisor. Packaging the whole runtime in a single file would significantly simplify the deployment and operations.”

Check out a recent Java Magazine interview with Bien about his Java EE 6 stress monitoring tool here.

Originally published on blogs.oracle.com/javaone.



Tuesday Sep 18, 2012

The 2012 JAX Innovation Awards

A new article, now up on otn/java, titled “The 2012 JAX Innovation Awards” reports on  important Java developments celebrated by the Awards, which were announced in July of 2012. The Awards, given by S&S Media Group, aim to, "Reward those technologies, companies, organizations and individuals that make outstanding contributions to Java." The Awards fall into three categories: Most Innovative Java Technology, Most Innovative Java Company, and Top Java Ambassador. In addition, a finalist who did not win an award receives a Special Jury prize, "in acknowledgement of their unique contribution and positive impact on the Java ecosystem."

The winners were: JetBrains for Most Innovative Java Company; Adam Bien as Top Java Ambassador; Restructure 101, created by Headway Software, as Most Innovative Technology; and Charles Nutter, Special Jury award. Each winner received a $2,500 prize. The five finalists in each category were invited to attend the JAX Conference in San Francisco, California. This year's winners each received a $2,500 prize.

JetBrains Fellow, Ann Oreshnikova, listed her favorite JetBrains innovations:

* Nullability annotations and nullability checker
* CamelCase navigation and completion
* Continuous Integration in grid (on multiple agents), in TeamCity
* IntelliJ Platform and its language support framework
* MPS language workbench
* Kotlin programming language

When asked what currently excites him about Java, Adam Bien, winner of the Java Ambassador Award, expressed enthusiasm over the increasing interest of smaller companies and startups for Java EE. “This is a very good sign,” he said. “Only a few years ago J2EE was mostly used by larger companies -- now it becomes interesting even for one-person shows. Enterprise Java events are also extremely popular. On the Java SE side, I'm really excited about Project Nashorn.”

Special Jury Prize Winner, Charles Nutter of Red Hat, remarked that, “JRuby seems to have hit a tipping point this past year, moving from ‘just another Ruby implementation’ to ‘the best Ruby implementation for X,’ where X may be performance, scaling, big data, stability, reliability, security, and a number of other features important for today's applications.

Check out the complete article here.

Monday Jul 18, 2011

Java Innovation 2011 Awards Deadline Extended to July 29


Do you have a colleague or know a company who is using Java in an innovative way? Perhaps it's you or your company! Submit an entry for the Java Innovation 2011 awards and get promoted at the world's biggest Java technology event, the JavaOne conference. Following in the tradition of Duke's Choice Awards, these awards celebrate extreme innovation in the world of Java technology and are granted to the best and most innovative projects using the Java platform. The primary judging criteria for this prestigious award is innovation, putting small developer shops on an equal footing with multinational giants. Deadline for nominations has been extended to July 29, 2011 @ 5:00 p.m. PT. Winners get a JavaOne full conference pass, a Duke statue, and their winning implementation will be showcased at JavaOne.

Note: This was originally posted on the JavaOne blog. Follow it to get the latest JavaOne information and announcements.


Monday Jun 06, 2011

Duke's Choice Awards Open for Nominations

Duke's Choice Awards are now open for nominations!  For the ninth year running, we are looking for most compelling implementations of Java technology.  Duke's Choice Awards are part of the Oracle Excellence Awards, Java Innovation 2011 program. Winners get a Duke statue, a free JavaOne full conference pass, and their winning implementation will be showcased at JavaOne. Winners are announced at JavaOne.  Deadline for submission is Friday, July 22, 2011 @ 5:00 p.m. PT.

Duke Awards

This is an opportunity for the individual developer to be on equal footing with large corporations in delivering  the most compelling implementation of Java technology.  Innovation is the only criteria.  We are excited about unveiling the 10 most interesting examples of Java at the 2011 JavaOne conference. Java innovators, show us what you've got! Submit your nomination today!

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