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Responses to last month, and December Java Performance News
by Jack Shirazi
December 31, 2003
I list details about the December Java Performance Newsletter, discuss the responses to last month's question, and give you some site stats.


The December issue of the Java Performance Newsletter was published, contents are:

Okay, I had nine responses to last month's question about about the appropriateness of these announcements. Seven were positive, indicating that I should carry on announcing the availability of the newsletter, one was neutral, and one negativish. In fact, the main feedback outside "carry on" was that I should put some additional content along with the announcement. Which seems fair enough. So I'll have a go at giving you some opinions in addition to the announcement in future. Meanwhile, here are some stats.

To put those nine active responses into context, the November announcement was read about 800 times up to now, and generated about the same number of reads on to the newsletter. The November newsletter pages were read about 10 000 times (back copies were read another 7 000 times during December). And for those of you who are interested, our most popular single newsletter page to date was the June 2003 page detailing new performance tips extracted from JavaOne 2003, which has now been read 23 000 times. gets hits from all round the world. The last time I looked, we had about a third of our traffic coming from the USA, a third from Europe, and a third from everywhere else. So can you guess which day over the year was the quietest in terms of traffic? ... Take a moment, think about it and try not to peek ahead ... okay, well the answer is the first of January. I guess that's the most popular day worldwide for a hangover. And for the two hundred or so sober web denizens who looked up pages on last Jan 1st, I'll be joining you tomorrow as I did last year, since I don't get the day off either.

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Jack Shirazi is the author of O'Reilly's "Java Performance Tuning" and director of the popular website, the world's premier site for Java performance information. Jack writes articles for many magazines, usually about Java performance related matters. He also oversees the output at, publishing around 1 000 performance tips a year as well as many articles about performance tools, discussion groups, and much more. In his earlier life Jack also published work on protein structure prediction and black hole thermodynamics, and contributed to some Perl5 core modules "back when he had more time".

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