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T h e . C o d e R a n c h . J o u r n a l - J a n u a r y.. 2 0 1 9 . E d i t i o n

Howdy from all the CodeRanch staff, and welcome to the January edition of the CodeRanch Journal.

W h a t ' s . N e w?

* On January 3rd, we got our new features for JForum Day.. This year, it was enhancements to the cow poll (want to vote for your favorite book of 2018?)

* Ok. So this isn't new. But can you believe it has been ten years since we moved into our home on JForum? Check out the announcement thread from 10 years ago.. It's also been ten years since my favorite project status update ever!

Ernest Friedman-Hill wrote:Quick note to let y'all know how we're doin' with the migration.
The truck's parked out front and the engine's runnin'.

Things are going purty well. A couple cows got out, and we had to rope 'em.
They're all accounted for and waiting in the truck.

All the chickens are rounded up, except for one ornery rooster that
refuses to come down off the barn roof. We're either gonna rope 'im,
or shoot him down if we have to; one way or the other, he'll be dealt
with within the next few minutes.

After that we just have to walk around and pick up the lassos,
and the rain barrels, and the pitchforks, and suchlike. That won't take long.

But it'll be well past 10AM Ranch Time when we've got everything
unpacked at the new spread.

I n t e r e s t i n g . C o d e R a n c h . F o r u m . P o s t s

* Can you spot the difference between these two functional  interfaces? (Spoiler: it isn't easy!)

* This seems like a good time to remind that Java is still free

* Discussion on Java 8 streams for beginners

* And then there is everything you ever wanted to know about if statements

B o o k . P r o m o t i o n s

There's a book (or software) promotion just about every week at CodeRanch. Just ask a question in the appropriate forum and you're eligible to win a copy of the book.
We've got some promotions coming up. Check the book promo schedule.

Our recent book promotions and their winners can be found below:

* Electron in Action

* Hands on Software Engineering with Python

* Get Programming with Java

Some upcoming ones are:

* Java XML & JSON - Jeff Friesen

* Kotlin for Android App Development Peter Sommerhoff

* Head First Kotlin - Dawn & David Griffiths

B o o k . R e v i e w s

We have a dedicated forum for book reviews.

Please check out the latest reviews (also available on our book review grid: Book-Review-Grid)

T h e . M o o s e . o n . S o c i a l

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    A b o u t . T h e . E d i t o r

    Jeanne Boyarsky ( has been a member of  CodeRanch since 2000 and a moderator since 2004. She was involved in the original JForum migration and never stopped coding for the Ranch. Jeanne's been speaking at a few conferences a year. Her next one is at DevNexus in Atlanta (in March) and she is going to be the QCon Java track lead in New York (in June.)

    She also excels at meeting deadlines. Notice how the January Journal was posted on with just a few hours before midnight of January 31st in her timezone.

    S u g g e s t i o n s / F e e d b a c k

    If you have any feedback on this month's journal then feel free to create a topic in our Ranch-Office

    J o u r n a l . A r c h i v e

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