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Sun announced laying off another 1,000 personnel. Does this matter to the Java world? Realistically, yes. Of course Java is much bigger than Sun, and would continue without them. But Sun still controls Java, still supports the core packages, and still sets the direction for Java despite the Java Community Process. For example, Java3D appears comatose, with the final two Sun Java3D developers having been sacked (see this month's news below). There will be other Java areas that are affected too.

The problem is, Sun doesn't make enough money from Java. Come on Sun, 3 million existing developers, more than half the enterprise projects under development, you should be able to come up with some way of making money out of that.

If you are one of our dozens of subscribers from IBM, there is a good chance you didn't get the emailed version of this newsletter. For some reason unknown to us, IBM rejects this newsletter, possibly as spam. I've tried to ask IBM postmasters about this, but get no response. If you can help us to help IBM subscribers get this newsletter, please email me.

In November, we will be providing Java Performance Tuning training in Hong Kong, at a customer site. If anyone else in Hong Kong would like to arrange any training or consulting while we are there, please contact us as soon as possible.

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We have all our usual sections, as well as the start of what I hope to be a new regular addition, a monthly article on some aspect of Java performance. This month Scot Mcphee writes about Timers and audio performance. This is only the second article I have ever seen on Java audio performance, and it is nice to be able to bring it to you. If anyone else out there has a contribution they would like to make to our new article section, I'd love to hear from you.

In our other sections, Kirk's roundup covers super computers, garbage collection in microbenchmarks, not threading EJBs, capacity planning, the variability of performance across systems, and more This month's interview is with Frank Cohen, the creator of the open source TestMaker webservices load tester. Our question of the month asks if turning off assertions is a bad practice.

Javva The Hutt has another installment of his diary, and tells us about what to expect in the 1.7 JVM (that'd be around 2007 or 2008) and, of course, we have many new performance tips extracted in concise form.


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See also our backlogged list of articles which lists all those articles that are of interest to the Java performance community, including those we have not had a chance to extract the tips from.

Jack Shirazi

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