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JavaLobby's Top 10 Articles of 2008

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2008 was a pretty eventful year for the Java community. A huge focus on JavaFX, the release of Java 6 Update 10 and the rise of OSGi are just some of the things that have happened over the last 12 months.

As a way of looking back at how the year has been on JavaLobby, we've collected the top 10 most read articles. It paints a clear picture about what is important to you, and gives us some hints as to what we should be covering in 2009. I've also added some honourable mentions at the end of the article. 

1 - Interview: John De Goes Introduces a Newly Free Source Code Editor

Our most popular article of the year centered around an announcement made by John De Goes, president of N-BRAIN, who decided that they would make their UNA source code editor free. The opening quote of the article says it all:

The tools market is dead. Open source killed it. The only commercial tools that can survive today are the ones that leapfrog open source tools.

Open source and freely available software is dominating the software development marketplace. It's difficult to compete with a commercial IDE when "some developers would rather quit their job than be forced to use a new editor or IDE".

It's a sign of the times, and a pattern we saw repeated more than once. Just the month before Mark Dixon of Enerjy announced that the tools provided by Enerjy would also be made free. You can read our most read article of 2008 here.

2 -  An Introduction To JBoss RichFaces

At JavaLobby, we work hard to provide the best quality articles and tutorials into both popular and emerging frameworks. Max Katz, Senior Software Engineer at Exadel, gave this introduction to JBoss RichFaces, a rich component library for JSF. The tutorial includes detailed examples of how to get a RichFaces project setup in Eclipse and goes beyond the typical hello world.

3 -  The Best Java Tools You Never Knew Existed

After attending a presentation on this topic at JavaONE, Jakub Korab gave us a fantastic list of some of the Java tools that you might not have come across. There are some interesting tools in there, two in particular seem to have begun a steady rise to fame over the past few months: JodaTime, which should become part of the Java7 (JSR310) date and time API, and Jetty, the embedded, lightweight servlet container which I'm starting to find everywhere. It's an extensive tool list that's worth bookmarking - you never know when you might need one of these libraries.

Perhaps there are some of these tools that you would like to find out more about on JavaLobby next year. If so, please let us know.


4 - Using JSF and Flex Components Together

Max Katz's second entry on the JL Top 10, this time covering how to use Exadel's Fiji product to allow the use of Flex components within your JSF page. Once again, Max provides a very detailed tutorial from start to finish to provide you with a solid approach to merging the two technologies together.

With innovative approaches like this being taken to provide us with even richer web UIs, JavaFX has a challenge to prove itself.

5 - Ten Amazing Java Applications

Lists always prove to be popular on JavaLobby. Ryan de LaPlante provided one of my favourite lists of the year. It shows that Java is far from dead and can do some pretty amazing things. People often forget things like Project Looking Glass and Sun Spot, which really showcase the Java language. And then there will be applications that you may not have heard of - such as JPC, as Java emulation of an x86 PC, ThinkFree, an alternative to Microsoft Office and UltraMixer, a nice DJ mixing tool. Again, this is an article to bookmark!

These articles are in the top 10 based on the number of reads. Perhaps you'd like to suggest an article that belongs in the top 10 for you - if so, leave a comment and let us know why.


Rick Hightower replied on Mon, 2008/12/22 - 10:29am

It is good to be in the top ten. Thanks.

It seems many of this articles are from before May. It seems you based the top ten list on the top ten with the most hits. I wonder if the list would change if you adjusted for the age of the article.

Articles written in November/December would do much better if you adjusted for age against articles in April. Just a thought....

 Of course after you recalculated, I may fall off the list.

Rick Hightower replied on Mon, 2008/12/22 - 10:36am

2 Articles on JSF in the top 5

2 Articles on JPA/Hibernate (Java ORM)

1 Article on Spring

It is good to see that JSF interest is still alive and kicking despite the DOA JSF theorists.

Not a single article on Wicket, Tapestry, Groovy, Grails, Java FX, Spring MVC, JRuby, in the top ten despite the large fan clubs behind these technologies. (BTW I like a few of the above listed as well.)

Enthusiam does not equate to interests by the silent majority.


Rick Hightower replied on Fri, 2008/12/26 - 1:08am


Kathy Blackmore replied on Tue, 2012/01/10 - 9:51pm

Looking back at 2008, it was interesting to note that Java was still on the rise. Now, it seems as though less and less people are looking to Java for their solutions and needs. I wonder if you will compile a list of articles for 2011 about the developments in Java.

Kathy - printer

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