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Java EE 8 will not include Configuration JSR for Java EE applications

Reza Rahman confirms the announcement made earlier in the week by Anatole Tresch of Credit Suisse and encourages a search for other options.

Language wars

The top 20 programming languages: the GitHut and Tiobe rankings

Java has to settle for second best in the GitHut and Tiobe lists of the most popular programming languages.

Programming politics

What Scottish independence could mean for developers

A yes vote in the upcoming Scottish referendum could have some interesting results for programmers – or absolutely none at all.

Holy Gradle

Gradle 2.1 brings a new build tool and plugin portal

[Cue singing choir of angels] Gradle's latest and greatest makes it way easier to get plugins with its very own plugin portal.

Pimp your SQL

Everything You Ever Need to Know About Recursive SQL

Lukas Eder takes us on a tour of Oracle SYNONYMs.

JAX speaker interviews

Trisha Gee on the differences between London and Seville's Java Communities

JAXLondon presenter Trisha Gee speaks to JAXenter before her session in London next month. Trish is a key member of the London Java Community and is currently working for…

Getting some REST

How to export data to REST

Standardisation, automated tasks and “content negotiation” – there are plenty of reasons to use REST for exposing data. Geertjan Wielenga shows us how to get started…

Java alternative

Java alternative Xtend is back with another block-rocking update

The realm of JVM-alternatives remains an exciting one. Version 2.7 of the JVM alternative brings a number of nice new features and performance updates.

The missing LINQ

Does Java 8 still need LINQ? Or is it better than LINQ?

Many people have tried to bring LINQ to Java. But can't the Java community get along just fine without it?

$%@*!

Foul-mouthed developers: Which community curses most?

It's no secret that programmers like to curse. But who curses most? Java-heads? C++ developers? PHP programmers?

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