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T h e . C o d e R a n c h . J o u r n a l

May 2014 Edition

Howdy from all the CodeRanch staff, and welcome to the May edition of the CodeRanch Journal.

H o t . D o g ! ! ! W e . H a v e . a . S p o n s o r ! ! !

The hugely popular Devoxx conference is going to be held in London, UK, on June 12th to 13th. The keynotes will be delivered by well known speakers Dan North, Dick Wall, Martijn Verburg, Arun Gupta and Audrey Neveu. The speaker lineup boasts of the likes of Venkat Sumramaniam, Richard Warburton, Charles Nutter, David Blevins, Holly Cummins, Josh Long and more. Checkout the full schedule and the speaker list here

This time, the Devoxx team has also managed to fit in a Hackergarten, Quickfire sessions, BOFs, parties, an IoT Hackathon, the UK’s first ever Devoxx 4 Kids (Sat 14th June) and even a ”Project Zone”, home to cool Kickstarters and embryonic tech projects. Expect ardunio powered mini-quadcopters, Java powered Table Football championships, community spirit in abundance, new projects, NAO Robots and, above all else, the best Java content in the world.

Community has always been the king at Devoxx, hence the tickets are priced at a developer friendly price tag of £395 + VAT. Just a few weeks remain, so hurry up and register.

- Devoxx Team (Twitter @DevoxxUK)

I n t e r e s t i n g . C o d e R a n c h . F o r u m . P o s t s

  • Ever since Java 8 has been released, our Java 8 forum has seen some very lively discussions and book promotions. Here's one thread where ranchers share their opinion on the new features in Java 8

  • CodeRanch is not just about Java. We even have forums for other languages. Recently some of our ranchers, who have been Java programmers, decided to start learning Scala. In this thread they discuss their experiences and share knowledge while working on some Scala examples.

  • The moderators at CodeRanch not just help keep the forums a friendly place, they also keep a watch for fellow members who are consistently nice and helpful to others in the forums. Pawel Pawlowicz is one such member who we are glad to have at CodeRanch. In recognition of his contribution in the forums, we awarded him the "Rancher" title. Visit this thread and congratulate him.

  • CodeRanch prides itself in being a friendly place for all our visitors. It takes efforts from our members and moderators to enforce the "Be Nice" rule in our forums. Over the years, we have conciously decided to not allow discussions on topics that can sometimes turn into heated arguments and cross the "Be Nice" rule. At the same time, over the years, we have added more and more features in our forums. One of them is the ability to earn Cows. This feature now allows us to host a forum, the Rattlesnake Pit, where controversial and not necessarily technical topics can be discussed. Participation in the Rattlesnake Pit forum is restricted to users with at least 5 cows, the threads can be viewed/read by anyone but only users who have "earned" 5 cows, get to post replies or create new topics. Of course, the "Be Nice" rule still applies there, but since only users who have shown maturity and "earned" their cows have posting rights there, we believe the workload on the moderators isn't going to be overwhelming and will allow constructive discussions over some not so easy topics. Here's a recent active topic about climate change.

  • N e w s . F r o m . T h e . R a n c h

  • CodeRanch is getting a new look and feel and right now the new look for certain portions of the site are made available in the "beta view mode" for registered users. If you haven't tried it yet, please do register/login and give it a try. Feedback is always welcome in our Ranch Office.

  • B o o k . P r o m o t i o n s

    There's a book promotion just about every week at CodeRanch. Just ask a question in the appropriate forum and you're eligible to win a copy of the book. Our recent book promotions and their winners can be found below:

  • EJB3 in Action, 2nd edition

  • Java 8 in Action

  • Java 8 Pocket Guide

  • Getting started with Spring Framework

  • B o o k . R e v i e w s

    We have a forum dedicated for book reviews. Recently one of our moderators reviewed the following book:

  • EJB3 in Action, 2nd edition

  • W h a t ' s . T h e . T r a i l b o s s . B u s y . W i t h ?

    Paul Wheaton, the Trailboss, is busy with permaculture these days, and he hosts the largest permaculture forums which follow the same "Be Nice" rule as CodeRanch. Paul recently delivered a TEDx talk, where he presented his ideas on "REALLY saving energy". The recorded video is available here. You can vote for his idea here.

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    T h i s . M o n t h ' s . E d i t o r

    Jaikiran Pai has been a software developer since 2004. He's a regular at JavaRanch forums since the last several years and moderates some of the forums there. He occasionally blogs at

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