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The CodeRanch Journal January 2014

Howdy from everyone at the Ranch!

What's new?

We have three shiny new features to celebrate our fifth year on JForum.

  • The Rattlesnake Pit - We have a new forum for political, controversial or "too meaningful for MD" topics. It requires 5 cows to post, but anyone can read.
  • The ability to flag posts for more attention
  • A re-launch of the beta view with more screens using the new look and feel

  • See the announcement thread to read more about them or leave us some comments.


  • Check out the leaderboard to see who has the most likes or cows. (across all time or the last 30 days)

  • Blogs and discussions

  • Jeanne blogged about the Application Security conference

  • Tim blogged about magic numbers

  • (see you don't have to be a moderator to have your blog post featured in the Journal. Keep posting in Blog Around the Campfire and your blog post could be here)

    And around the forums

  • Our discussion about favorite Java 7 features is still going strong

  • A greenhorn gets some help with Android

  • We've retired our NetBeans Certification forum since the exam itself is retired. Don't worry, all the posts are still there. Just look in the Product and Other Certification forum

  • Book Promotions and Reviews

    We have a book promotions coming up starting this week. See the book promotion schedule to see how and where you can win a free book.

  • Staff book review for Peopleware: Productive Projects and Teams - reviewed by by Mohamed Sanaulla

  • Staff book review for Murach's Android Programming - reviewed by not one, not two, not three, but FOUR moderators. Check out the variety of opinions on the same book to see how your moderators think

  • Suggestions/Feedback

    If you have any feedback about this edition or the Ranch journal in general,
    then feel free to open a new thread in our Ranch Office forum

    About the editor

    Jeanne Boyarsky has been a member of CodeRanch since 2003 and a moderator since 2004. She was involved in the original JForum migration and never stopped coding for the Ranch.

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