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Is It Time for Java 3?

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ONJava Newsletter for 08/01/2002

Dear Reader,

Is it time for Java 3? Java expert and author Elliotte Rusty Harold thinks so. The author of "Java I/O," "Java Network Programming," "XML in a Nutshell, 2nd Edition" (all from O'Reilly) and "Processing XML with Java" (due from Addison-Wesley this fall), Eliotte thinks it's time to clear all the inconsistencies, inefficiencies, and just plain idiocies out of Java, and keep it evolving as a modern langage.

In this article, Elliotte cites the top ten reasons we need a Java 3 platform, and proposes numerous changes to the core language, virtual machine, and class libraries.

Also this week, ONJava.com's Tomcat columnist James Goodwill returns to demystify this Apache Jakarta project's use of the server.xmlfile. According to James, the Tomcat server.xml file allows you to configure Tomcat using a simple XML descriptor. This XML file is at the heart of Tomcat. In this article, he focuses on the configuration of all the major Tomcat components found in the server.xml file.

Additionally, there's part two in a series of book excerpts on XML basics for Java programmers from O'Reilly's "Learning Java," 2nd Edition. This week's book excerpt focuses on the Document Object Model (DOM) and the JDOM alternative.

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And finally, we reflect back on last week's un- official OSCON Java conference with a wrap-up report on last week's Java tutorials, sessions, talks, opinions, and more. Of special note, Sun's open source diva, Danese Cooper, called for emails, petitions and other communication to help persuade Sun to open source Java, especially its reference implementation.

That's all for now. I hope you enjoyed OSCON last week. Talk to you again next week. Thanks.

Sincerely,
Steve Anglin
O'Reilly Network Java Editor
sanglin@oreilly.com

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