I was delighted when Mike Keith and Doug Clarke at Oracle said they'd write up an article about JPA 2.0. It turned out that there was so much to write about that we got a Part 1 and Part 2! There's not many people as qualified as Mike to write this article, and he certainly gives us a great insight into JPA 2.0. Of course, EclipseLink will be providing the referfence implementation for this. You can find out more about EclipseLink over at EclipseZone.
Being a desktop developer, I don't get enough exposure to web technologies. So when I think servlet container I will instinctively go to Tomcat. This article highlights what's different between Tomcat and GlassFish. I feel more articles like this, that take the "accepted standard" and compares it with up and coming competitors, would be very welcome in the Java community. A lot of companies need to make decisions on whether it's worth moving to a new technology. Only feature comparisons can help make this an informed decision.
A great title for an article is on that makes you question your own assumptions. Rick's article does just that. I'm not sure if it is the best choice - I would tend to lean towards EclipseLink personally. There's a wealth of opinion in the comment section of this post, so if you have been asking yourself the same question, why not take a look.
Android probably deserved more coverage than it has got this year. It's a nice platform, and it has great potential for the future. Geetha Ganesan contributed this tutorial full of code examples and demos to get going with Android. With JavaFX mobile due out in Spring 2009, I'm looking forward to seeing what technology will be leading the way in the mobile market this time next year.
The Spring portfolio provides some of the most interesting projects in the Java environment at the moment. This article gives a good migration guide from ACEGI to Spring Security. Rod Johnson has been using the following line in his presentations regarding Spring Security - "Everytime you use ACEGI a fairy dies". In this article you'll get a good overview of Spring Security 2.0 and why it is superior to ACEGI.
Because of the nature of these statistics, there are some articles that we had towards the end of the year that could have made it onto the most read list, had they been published earlier. One such article is Rick Hightower's Dependency Injection - An Introductory Tutorial. It's a term that we throw around a lot, but this really gives a good understanding of the topic. Also, I think I'll throw in my article on Do You Really Need Java 7?, which started off quite a good comment thread on Java 7 and closures in particular.
That completes the top 10 most read articles of 2008. I'm interested to hear the articles that you would rate highly from the last year and why. That way we can continue to improve the quality of our articles on JavaLobby for 2009.