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

June 2014 Edition

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

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

  • The hugely popular Devoxx event was organized in London this month. We at CodeRanch decided to give away 1 free ticket to our rancher who would win a "limerick contest" The contest was very well received and we had some very good posts in that thread. Tim Cooke, one of our many valued ranchers, won the contest and got a free ticket to Devoxx UK 2014! He even got to meet some of our CodeRanch moderators at the event Keep an eye on the forums and we might have similar contests and prizes in future!

  • Winston Gutkowski, one of CodeRanch's valued moderators, has a series of informative articles His recent thread about Object.equals() method and its transitivity semantics has produced a very engaging discussion

  • We had Richard Warburton, author of Java 8 Lambdas: Pragmatic Functional Programming book, in our forums this month answering questions on Java 8. He had some very insightful answers to various questions that were asked about Java 8. You will find some very interesting discussions in our Java 8 forum

  • This next one is for all those who have interest in microcontrollers and other hardware peripherals. Jan Cumps, one of the few moderators at CodeRanch who's experimenting with microcontrollers, is currently trying to create a software i2c implementation for the TMS570LS04 microcontroller You can see more of his experiments in our Arduino forum

  • Football World Cup is currently in progress and we have already seen some very good matches and some big teams being eliminated from the event. Our ranchers are reviewing the performances and predicting which team is going to win this edition

  • B o o k . P r o m o t i o n s . & . W i n n e r 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. This week we have a promotion for "Hibernate & JPA Training" in our ORM forum

    Our recent book promotions and their winners can be found below:

  • ExamLab -

  • Java 8 Lambdas: Pragmatic Functional Programming -

  • A Smarter Way to Learn JavaScript -

  • A . N o t e . O f . T h a n k s . T o . O u r . V a l u e d . S p o n s o r

    I think most of you are aware that CodeRanch is managed completely by volunteers, led by Paul Wheaton. To keep the site running, of course, requires some income stream. Paul and the other moderators have always made sure that CodeRanch doesn't end up being a site plagued with advertising banners and such. Our site only shows some select banners, which we think add value to our users or are about products which some of our esteemed members endorse. The other side of this coin is that we turn away a lot of advertisers who we think don't add value (even if they are willing to pay a higher value in return). This policy, over a period of time, does reduce the income stream of the site, but Paul and other moderators at CodeRanch strive to stick by this policy.

    Considering this, we would like to thank our long time sponsor and supporter, Aspose, who have been with us for a long time now. Aspose provides standalone libraries in various languages (like Java, .NET) for managing files of various popular file formats (DOC, PDF, XLS, PPT, MSG and more). So, if your application has a requirement to convert, print, create, modify and combine files easily from within your application, then do consider Aspose and give it a try. They even have a free trial version that you can download.

    On a related note, if you have any feedback on what kind of banners/advertising you would like to encourage at CodeRanch or have any specific products in mind (even if it's your own), feel free to let us know in our Ranch Office forum

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