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Announcing the Artima Interest Groups
by Bill Venners
April 22, 2004
Artima Interest Groups is a free service that allows communities to keep informed and discuss issues. Each interest group is essentially a news feed that serves a specific community. If you would like to serve as a moderator for an interest group for your own community, send us an email.


Tonight I've launched a new feature at Artima called Interest Groups, a free service that allows communities to keep informed and discuss issues. Each interest group is essentially a news feed that serves a specific community. The news feed is moderated by one or more volunteers from the community. Anyone can submit news items for consideration. The moderators check the accuracy of the submissions, and decide which news items to approve. Approved items appear on web pages at, in two RSS feeds, and form a topic for further discussion in the Artima Forums.

To start with, we have two communities set up with interest groups, the Jini Community and the Java Community Process (JCP):

Each interest group has an RSS feed for its news items. Just click on the XML icon on the pages above, or on the About Artima Interest Groups page. You can also subscribe to an aggregate RSS feed that contains every approved post in every interest group, which shows up on the main interest groups page:

An Artima Interest Group is like having a Slashdot or TheServerSide.COM for your own community. TheServerSide.COM does a great job of serving the enterprise Java community, but where do you go for J2ME news, or Jini news, or JXTA news, or Python news, or Ruby news, or C++ news, or C# news? All of these communities have existing ways to stay in touch over the internet, including Usenet news groups, email mailing lists, and some web sites. Some people are web oriented, and prefer a Slashdot-style source for news and discussion to Usenet or email. Those are the kind of people Artima Interest Groups are intended to serve.

If you think an interest group would be useful to your community, please email me. Include in your email the name of your community, your involvement in that community, and how you think an Artima Interest Group could help serve that community.

We require that each interest group have at least two moderators, preferably three. The moderators, who are volunteers from the community, recieve an email when someone posts an item. They judge the appropriateness, check the accuracy, and either reject or approve each item. Only approved items show up on the web pages and in the RSS feeds. The moderators cannot all work for the same company, and must be willing to work within the following guidelines, which appear on the page moderators use to approve, edit, and reject posts:

At, we are very concerned about upholding a high standard of journalistic ethics. As an Artima Interest Group moderator, you will be making editorial decisions. This is an important responsibility. Please keep the following guidelines in mind as you decide which news items to approve:

So don't be shy. If you have an idea of an interest group that you think might work, please send me an email.

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Bill Venners is president of Artima, Inc., publisher of Artima Developer ( He is author of the book, Inside the Java Virtual Machine, a programmer-oriented survey of the Java platform's architecture and internals. His popular columns in JavaWorld magazine covered Java internals, object-oriented design, and Jini. Active in the Jini Community since its inception, Bill led the Jini Community's ServiceUI project, whose ServiceUI API became the de facto standard way to associate user interfaces to Jini services. Bill is also the lead developer and designer of ScalaTest, an open source testing tool for Scala and Java developers, and coauthor with Martin Odersky and Lex Spoon of the book, Programming in Scala.

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