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

January 2017 Edition

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

W H A T ' S  N E W ?

This year for Jumpin JForum Day, we announced two new features. Read about them at

  • Multiple options for the category and forum listing pages - including the ability to add your own
  • A beta feature to boost threads

  • I imagine everyone has their own favorite dashboards? What are yours? I like:
  • Category dashboard highlighting own bookmarks and watched threads - See an example for the Certification category at
  • Forum dashboard highlighting own bookmarks and watched threads - See an example for the OCP Cert forum at
  • Home page dashboard showing most recent topics in a table view at
  • Home page dashboard showing the most recent post in each category that has add an update recently at
  • Home page dashboard letting you sort by column with forum links on the right at

  • You can even set one of these - or your own - as a favorite under site personalizations in your profile.

    N e w . S t a f f

    We have four new Sheriffs. Congratulation them on their shiny tin stars:

    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

  • Roel shares a tricky null pointer at
  • Randall started a discussion about driverless cars at
  • Earlier in the year, Winston started a good discussion on whether Streams should be Cloneable at
  • Another classic from earlier in the year is advice on getting a remote position at
  • Scott and I wrote a series of 8 posts entitled "The Eight Nights of Java" covering our impressions and memories the eight versions of Java at

  • 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 (or software) 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.

    Some upcoming ones are:

  • Reactive Design Patterns
  • Learn Linux in a Month of Lunches
  • Angular 2 Development with TypeScript
  • Sails.js in Actionl
  • Cracking the IT Architect Interview

  • B o o k . a n d . R e v i e w s

    We have several forums dedicated to talk about books. Here are some interesting reviews and recommendation from the CodeRanch staff:

  • The CS Detective - 10 horseshoes -
  • Soft Skills - 9 horseshoes -
  • The Business Blockchain - 9 horseshoes -

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

    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.

    S u g g e s t i o n s / F e e d b a c k

    If you have any feedback on this month's journal then feel free to create a topic in our Ranch Office

    J o u r n a l . A r c h i v e

    Our previously published journals are available online at
    Don't get me started about those stupid light bulbs.
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