John Chamberlain
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 Developer Diary · You Heard It Here First · Monday 9 February 2004
JavaOne 2004 Takes Shape
JavaOne 2004 in San Francisco is taking shape and looks like it will be an exciting event. The show will coincide with the release of the new 1.5 standard edition which has the most significant changes to the language in Java's history. Some of the more interesting talks are highlighted in the "cool" topic. They include Java technology being used in industrial robotics and doing peer-to-peer with JXTA, an architecture which is taking off.

A lot of the interest this year will undoubtedly focus around the new features in 1.5 such as autoboxing, enumerations, generics and varargs. I am particularly looking forward to generics because the application I work on has to accept and work with arrays of six different primitive types. This means many areas of my code have six virtually identical copies inside of a six-way switch statement. With generics I will be able to cut that down to three (I will still have to treat unsigned types specially) and in some cases one.

It will also be interesting to see what is happening in J2ME. Two years ago there were a lot of promising initiatives started on the J2ME side and this year will be kind of a review to see how much has been accomplished. Along the same lines it will be interesting to see what is happening in smart cards and RFID.

See you there!

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