Review of my first two weeks at the Java SE security team

Two weeks have passed since I started my new job as security geek in the Java SE security team. What have I accomplished so far?

For startes I've already reviewed three incident reports, which all have been genuine. I've pulled down the source for both 1.5.0 and Mustang and built Java from scratch on my Nevada lab machine. I've arranged access to the JSN lab systems, and setup OpenGrok indexing of the Mustang source (on a Sun internal system).

I've also bought and started to read the Java Language Specification book (3rd ed.). Not only is it a 600+ page brick, it is as boring as it gets, but to be able to be proactive I need to know the bounds which Java operate with in.

I have two full shelves of Java books in my study, and reading through them have been a breeze. The Language Specification will cure even the most severe case of insomnia!

Since the second week was the "July shutdown" things have been very quiet, so I've had plenty of time to read.

That's it I guess. Time for bed!

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You've got your work cut out for you...

Chapter 16 takes my vote for most boring part of JLS3, but it's not so bad once you get into it.

Posted by Tom Hawtin on July 07, 2006 at 06:31 PM PDT #

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