Spotlight on mkyong

Occasionally, I'd like to share a blog I've discovered or that someone has passed along to me. Criteria are few, but in a nutshell, it must be:

  1. Java-related. (Doh!)
  2. Interesting. A good blog is exciting to read at some level, whether due to perspective, eye-catching writing, or technical insight. It doesn't have to read like a Stephen King novel, but it should grab you somehow.
  3. Technically deep or technically broad. A site that dives deeply, quickly is a great reference for particular topics/tasks. On the other hand, one that covers a lot of ground at a high-but-still-technical level can be a handy site to visit occasionally as well. Both are what I consider "bookmarkable", but for different reasons.

Drumroll, please...

With that in mind, this Blog Spotlight is cast upon mkyong.com, a site I stumbled across that offers a little bit of everything for various Java dev audiences. The title indicates the site is for "Java web development tutorials", and indeed it does have these: JSF, Spring, Struts, Hibernate, JAX-WS, JAX-RS, and numerous other topics are addressed to varying degrees.

The site isn't devoted exclusively to server-side tutorials, though. Recent posts include mobile development topics, and the links at the bottom of the page connect you to reference pages and other useful sites.

I've poked around through a couple of the tutorials and, while they won't take you from "zero to hero", they do seem to provide a nice overview of the subject at hand. They also offer an occasional explanatory comment that is missing from far too many texts, sites, and doc pages. It's not a perfect site, but I like it.

The Bottom Line

mkyong.com offers a nice "summary site" of server-side tutorials, mobile dev posts, and reference links. Check it out!

All the best,
Mark 

Comments:

hi MarkH,

Thanks for a nice review at my website, mkyong.com. Your comments and suggestions are invaluable ideas for the future improvement.

It's still very far from perfect, and it will never be perfect :) My goal is to provides as much tutorials as possible, and improve it via user feedback and comment, so that i know what is user really want to know. I know this should be a life-time mission, but i just like to do it this way :)

Best Regards,
yong

Posted by mkyong on March 23, 2012 at 05:32 PM PDT #

You're very welcome. You run a nice site! Looking forward to seeing all you do in the future.

All the best,
Mark

Posted by MarkH on March 25, 2012 at 02:07 PM PDT #

Hi Mark, good to see valuable site here. mkyong is also my favorite and I have benefited from it sometime, what is appealing to me is its simplicity and clarity, great work yong. By the way I have my own blog Javarevisited, not as big as mkyong but my love of labour and my passion for Java. If you get a chance then please provide your valuable inputs.

Thanks
Javin

Posted by guest on April 09, 2012 at 01:33 AM PDT #

Hi Javin,

Thank you for the kind words. I think we're all trying to contribute in some way to the Java community, and that's a very good thing! I did a quick search and found three javarevisited blogs, one each on blogspot, typepad, and wordpress. Are you updating all three? Wow, you are a madman! :-D

Good luck in your continued endeavors! Hope to chat with you again soon.

All the best,
Mark

Posted by Mark Heckler on April 09, 2012 at 04:48 AM PDT #

Ahh, I should had to left the link http://javarevisited.blogspot.com/, I By the way I only update blogspot one, but you got it right I am kinda mad on Java :))

Thanks
Javin

Posted by Javin on April 10, 2012 at 01:50 AM PDT #

Hi Yong
today night i just find your website when i was searching for framework tutorial .This is really an incredible work .Salute you Yong for your kind and precious work. it plays an imortant role to satisfy the thirst of java lovers...and no doubt you are really a JAVA LOVER and from now one of my ideal THanks again :)

Posted by guest on August 11, 2012 at 04:20 PM PDT #

mkyong is a benchmark for new bloggers. As of 18th Dec, it has got 1680 pages indexed in google which requires good amount of work. http://www.javaexperience.com also targets the same. Wish me luck...

Posted by guest on December 18, 2012 at 12:21 AM PST #

I took a quick peek at your site, and it looks like it's growing nicely. Much luck to you, and please stay in touch!

All the best,
Mark

Posted by Mark Heckler on December 18, 2012 at 08:21 AM PST #

One of the most reputed technical blog

Thanks to Mr yong

Posted by Yashwant on December 28, 2012 at 12:40 AM PST #

I had a blog named http://www.javatips.net mostly related to java technology, Please look into it, Could you please provide comments and suggestions about this site,

Posted by Imby Paul on August 31, 2013 at 08:25 PM PDT #

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The Java Jungle addresses topics from mobile to enterprise Java, tech news to techniques, and anything even remotely related. The goal is to help us all do our work better with Java, however we use it.

Your Java Jungle guide is Mark Heckler, an Oracle Java/Middleware/Core Engineer with development experience in numerous environments. Mark's current work pursuits and passions all revolve around Java and leave little time to blog or tweet - but somehow, he finds time to do both anyway.

Mark lives with his very understanding wife, three kids, and dog in the St. Louis, MO area.



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