We had Richard Warburton, author of Java 8 Lambdas: Pragmatic Functional Programming book, in our forums this month answering questions on Java 8. He had some very insightful answers to various questions that were asked about Java 8. You will find some very interesting discussions in our Java 8 forum https://coderanch.com/forums/f-143/java
Football World Cup is currently in progress and we have already seen some very good matches and some big teams being eliminated from the event. Our ranchers are reviewing the performances and predicting which team is going to win this edition https://coderanch.com/t/634996/md/FIFA-pick
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I think most of you are aware that CodeRanch is managed completely by volunteers, led by Paul Wheaton. To keep the site running, of course, requires some income stream. Paul and the other moderators have always made sure that CodeRanch doesn't end up being a site plagued with advertising banners and such. Our site only shows some select banners, which we think add value to our users or are about products which some of our esteemed members endorse. The other side of this coin is that we turn away a lot of advertisers who we think don't add value (even if they are willing to pay a higher value in return). This policy, over a period of time, does reduce the income stream of the site, but Paul and other moderators at CodeRanch strive to stick by this policy.
Considering this, we would like to thank our long time sponsor and supporter, Aspose http://www.aspose.com/?utm_campaign=JR-Newsletter&m=0614, who have been with us for a long time now. Aspose provides standalone libraries in various languages (like Java, .NET) for managing files of various popular file formats (DOC, PDF, XLS, PPT, MSG and more). So, if your application has a requirement to convert, print, create, modify and combine files easily from within your application, then do consider Aspose and give it a try. They even have a free trial version that you can download.
On a related note, if you have any feedback on what kind of banners/advertising you would like to encourage at CodeRanch or have any specific products in mind (even if it's your own), feel free to let us know in our Ranch Office forum https://coderanch.com/forums/f-10/Ranch-Office