Daniel Spiewak’s Scala for Java Refugees provided me with a helpful introduction to Scala recently. I recommend it.
Java Code Geeks has a post that shares Java 7′s simplified file handling: “Java 7: Copy and Move Files and Directories – Java Code Geeks”
Tim Bray posted a thought provoker in “Type-System Criteria”. Working in Android has caused him to rethink some positions. Go read.
Shaneal Manek’s posted a piece on Java that is another one for the bookmarks (and one to experiment with if you aren’t familiar), that introduces some Sinatra or web.py capabilities to the Java crowd: The Modern Java Ecosystem (for the Sinatra or web.py lover).
Here goes his example project on Github.
Slava Akhmechet wrote a piece a while back that that challenged my thinking in terms of design using an old familiar friend and adversary: Ant. If you are a Java programmer, you’ll recognize the patterns Slava is connecting with to share with you why Lisp is so interesting. BTW, this piece would work doubly well with Maven if it was updated. Go read.
SpringSource’s team blog has short, but great introduction to Maven.
Heroku adds suport for Java: Heroku for Java.
I’m a happy polygot programmer and have used Groovy, and custom DSLs in Java to help speed application development by enabling those who are closest to change, to be able to harness it.