Presentations & Reading Material
Over the past few months, I've run across quite a few good sources for Java programming information. I thought I'd share a few here:
Ben Galbraith's Professional Swing: Creating Polished Apps was originally presented in the No Fluff, Just Stuff Symposium. The first section is basic entry level stuff, but the second part (Professional Swing: Threading) hits some topics that many Swing developers overlook. If your still making database calls from your event listeners, please take a look at this presentation... your making us all look bad, and we need you to stop!
If you're having trouble keeping up with all the latest changes in the Java world, and have more than a few minutes of drive time in the morning, try downloading The Java Posse. I was really surprised how much interesting information they have to talk about. They go through a very good mix of topics each episode (not like many web based news sources such as digg, slashdot, the servers side, etc).
JavaPolis has been offering a DVD of all they presentations at the event. I got mine a few months ago for around $50 (give or take after the exchange rates). There's a lot of good material on the disc. All of the presentations are in the same flashed based format as the Swing presentations above. Many are the same presentations presented at Java One. Sun has also posted the presentations from Java One on their site, but I haven't gotten to take a look at them yet.