Joshua Bloch


Joshua J. Bloch (born August 28, 1961) is an American software engineer and a technology author.

Joshua J. Bloch
Bloch in 2008
Born (1961-08-28) August 28, 1961 (age 62)
Alma materColumbia University (B.S.)
Carnegie Mellon University (Ph.D.)
Scientific career
InstitutionsCarnegie Mellon University
Doctoral advisorAlfred Spector

He led the design and implementation of numerous Java platform features, including the Java Collections Framework, the java.math package, and the assert mechanism.[1] He is the author of the programming guide Effective Java (2001), which won the 2001 Jolt Award,[2] and is a co-author of two other Java books, Java Puzzlers (2005) and Java Concurrency In Practice (2006).

Bloch holds a B.S. in computer science from Columbia University's School of Engineering and Applied Science and a Ph.D. in computer science from Carnegie Mellon University.[1] His 1990 thesis was titled A Practical Approach to Replication of Abstract Data Objects[3] and was nominated for the ACM Distinguished Doctoral Dissertation Award.[4]

Bloch has worked as a Senior Systems Designer at Transarc, and later as a Distinguished Engineer at Sun Microsystems. In June 2004, he left Sun and became Chief Java Architect at Google.[5] On August 3, 2012, Bloch announced that he would be leaving Google.[6]

In December 2004, Java Developer's Journal included Bloch in its list of the "Top 40 Software People in the World".[7]

Bloch has proposed the extension of the Java programming language with two features: Concise Instance Creation Expressions (CICE) (coproposed with Bob Lee and Doug Lea) and Automatic Resource Management (ARM) blocks. The combination of CICE and ARM formed one of the three early proposals for adding support for closures to Java.[8] ARM blocks were added to the language in JDK7.[9]

As of February 2024, Bloch is listed as Professor of practice of the Software and Societal Systems Department at Carnegie Mellon University.[10]

Bibliography edit

  • Effective Java: Programming Language Guide, ISBN 0-201-31005-8, 2001; second edition: ISBN 978-0-321-35668-0, 2008; third edition: ISBN 978-0134685991, 2017
  • Java Puzzlers: Traps, Pitfalls, and Corner Cases, ISBN 0-321-33678-X, 2005 (co-authored with Neal Gafter)
  • Java Concurrency in Practice, ISBN 0-321-34960-1, 2006 (co-authored with Brian Goetz, Tim Peierls, Joseph Bowbeer, David Holmes, and Doug Lea)
  • Joshua Bloch (2006). "How to design a good API and why it matters". Companion to the 21st ACM SIGPLAN conference on Object-oriented programming systems, languages, and applications - OOPSLA '06. doi:10.1145/1176617.1176622. Wikidata Q56602059.

References edit

  1. ^ a b "About the Author", Effective Java Programming Language Guide
  2. ^ 2002 Jolt & Productivity Award Winners Archived 2007-05-03 at the Wayback Machine. Dr. Dobb's Portal.
  3. ^ A Practical Approach to Replication of Abstract Data Objects. Computer Science Department, School of Computer Science, Carnegie Mellon University. May 1990.
  4. ^ Books & Authors: Effective Java, accessed 16 April 2008
  5. ^ Heiss, Janet J. (2007). "Rock Star Josh Bloch". JavaOne. Archived from the original on 27 October 2007.
  6. ^ Joshua Bloch, After eight years at Google, the time has come for me to move on
  7. ^ Geelan, Jeremy (2004-12-21). "The i-Technology Right Stuff". Java Developer's Journal. Archived from the original on 2008-04-22. Retrieved 2007-03-13.
  8. ^ Kreft, Klaus; Langer, Angelika (17 June 2008). "Understanding the closures debate". JavaWorld. Retrieved 2020-07-20.
  9. ^ Darcy, Joseph D. (28 August 2009). "Project Coin: The Final Five (Or So)". Joseph D. Darcy's Oracle Weblog. Oracle. Archived from the original on 2009-09-01. Retrieved 14 Dec 2022.
  10. ^ "Faculty". Institute for Software Research. Carnegie Mellon University. Retrieved 14 February 2024.

External links edit

  • Bloch, Joshua (January 4, 2002). "Joshua Bloch: A conversation about design". JavaWorld. Interviewed by Venners, Bill. Retrieved 2020-07-20.
  • Janice J. Heiss, More Effective Java With Google's Joshua Bloch October, 2008
  • Josh Bloch, How to design a good API and why it matters, Google Tech Talk, 2007