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JDK 7: The JDK 7 build 96 is available. Build 96 corresponds to Milestone 8. It contains rebranding changes, build fixes, and updates HotSpot to version 19 build 02. You can check out the list of changes for details, and get the source code. Project Lambda: Maurizio Cimadamore has pushed a prototype into the Project Lambda forest and announced it on the Project Lambda mailing list. The prototype
supports the syntax described in the strawman proposal...


Metro is a high performance, extensible, easy-to-use web services stack. It combines the JAX-WS reference implementation with Web Services Interoperability Technology (WSIT), an implementation of numerous WS-* standards to enable interoperability with other implementations and to provide Quality of Service (QOS) features such as security, reliability, and transaction support...


It is just the first milestone but GlassFish Server Open Source Edition M1 already has
significant functionality, including Basic Clustering (creation/deleting/start-stop), infrastructure for Dynamic Reconfiguration, and Application Versioning. Application Versioning merits a special mention because it is a contribution from a new group from Serli...


The first Bay Area JUG Roundup (#roundup10) convened at Oracle HQ on Wednesday evening, in the palatial surroundings of the Oracle Conference Center. (Yes, there will be more!) A couple hundred people were there, I'd say. More came out of this meetup than a bunch of new contacts and some mild indigestion (or even a mild hangover): - We (meaning, Oracle) announced the opening of the eight annual Duke's Choice Awards...


I've been working on a restarted version of the "OpenJDK Developers' Guide" and I have a draft far enough along for general discussion. The content of the existing guide is primarily logistical and procedural in nature; in time, I plan to migrate this information to a JDK 7 specific page because many of the details are release-specific. The new guide is more conceptual and once completed is intended to be able to last for several releases without major updating. The table of contents of draft version 0.775 is...


Michael Van Geertruy has created a new project, fossesi, the Free and Open Source Software Enterprise Solutions Institute: What does FossESI do? FossESI studies the integration of new free and open source software (FOSS) into existing enterprises. The bulk of our code will be from various technology tutorials, and our own integration "glue" code. We are kicking off the group on April 28, 2010.


NetBeans 6.9 Beta introduces the JavaFX Composer, a visual layout
tool for visually building JavaFX GUI applications, similar to the Swing
GUI builder for Java SE applications. Additional highlights include OSGi
interoperability for NetBeans Platform applications; support for JavaFX
SDK 1.3, PHP Zend framework, and Ruby on Rails 3.0; as well as
improvements to the Java Editor, Java Debugger, and issue tracking, and
more. NetBeans 6.9 Beta is available in English, Brazilian Portuguese,
Japanese and Simplified Chinese, as well as in several
community-translated languages. Learn more:


Java is one of the computer industry's best known brands and most widely deployed technologies. Oracle Fusion Middleware is built on Java technology in support of applications and services written in the Java language. With the acquisition of Sun, Oracle will drive continued innovation and investment in Java technology for the benefit of customers and the Java community.


Eduardo Pelegri-Llopart announces: "The replays from our presentation on the
GlassFish Roadmap
are now available in different formats, including
SlideCast (Slides with synchronized audio)..."


The Java Community Process, or JCP, was created by Sun as the standards setting body for the Java language, libraries, and runtime. From 1998 to 2009, Sun ruled the JCP with an iron fist, but now that Oracle is calling the shots that will inevitably be changing. Recently, I discussed the topic with Tony de la Lama, senior vice president of research and development, at Embarcadero Technologies. Tony was a JCP founding executive committee member from 2000-2003 and prior to joining Embarcadero was general manager of Borland’s Java business, so he knows a thing or two about how the JCP works (or fails to work)...


The application menu button in the ribbon component from Flamingo component suite is a big round button in the top left corner of the ribbon. It is not a direct replacement for the usual application menu bar, but rather a place to hold actions that (as a general rule) do not affect the visual content of the document – such as saving, printing, sharing etc. Prior to version 5.0, the ribbon frame...


This GlassFish Podcast episode includes Supporting slides along with a downloadable MP3. Suggested additional reference materials are Java Persistence 2.0 (JSR 317), the Java EE 6 Tutorial, and the GlassFish v3 documentation.


We have just released version of Jersey, the open source, production quality, reference implementation of JAX-RS. The JAX-RS 1.1 specification is available at the JCP web site and also available in non-normative HTML here...


Our friend Felipe Gaúcho suddenly passed away on Friday, March 5. Felipe was a CEJUG founder and leader, a Java evangelist, and a long-time collaborator. The self-description he wrote for "Felipe Gaúcho works as senior software engineer at Netcetera AG in Switzerland. He is a well known Brazilian JUG leader and open-source evangelist. Felipe works with Java since its early versions and has plans to keep that Java tradition as it is. When he is not coding, he prefers to listen reggae and travel around with his lovely wife Alena and his son Rodrigo."


Shai Almog's recent blog post, "Latest & Greatest In The LWUIT Featured Apps Gallery", highlights 13 new applications from the LWUIT Featured App Gallery. Multiple views of each application are presented. Currently 80 different LWUIT apps are featured in the gallery.


Mobile Desktop Grid (MDG) is a one-stop solution for obtaining worldwide grid resources for computational use. With the MDG solution, world wide physicists, biologists, chemists, laboratory assistants, and computer scientists are able to complete exhaustive computational jobs in a shorter period. The MDG solution aids researchers addressing global issues. Even users who do not have a lot of knowledge about grid and clustered computing can utilize cluster resources with the MDG solution. For more information about the MDG project, download the Mobile Desktop Grid User and Developer Guide (PDF).


Parallel Programming Talk is a weekly broadcast topics related to parallel programming (including Java) for multicore processors. Listen to Parallel Programming Talk LIVE every Tuesday at 8:00AM Pacific Time on Blog Talk Radio. Watch Parallel Programming Talk LIVE every Tuesday at 8:00AM Pacific Time on Intel Software Network Television.


Ted Farrell, of Oracle, has clarified the future of "Our plan is to shut down and focus our efforts on as the hosted development community. We are in the process of migrating to the kenai technology. This means that any project currently hosted on will be able to continue as you are on We are still working out the technical details, but the goal is to make this migration as seamless as possible for the current projects..."


by Susan Mitchell: "Agility is a word we hear a lot these days, but there are a variety of methods to implement it within the Java Community Process (JCP) program. Most people grasp the basic idea of being quick, but there is much more involved than sheer speed of development or time to market. There are additional meanings, such as the quality of being mentally alert, skill at changing direction, and the ability to maintain control even during times of stress..."


Janice Heiss interviews Adam Bien in a new Sun Developer Network article. Adam's opening statement: 'Good UI controls and layout are the key to success. JavaFX was very strong from the beginning in effects and graphics. It was, however, initially lacking in good, "skinnable" components, but this was fixed with version 1.2. JavaFX requires writing less code while it integrates very well with existing business logic written in Java. A reason to go the JavaFX route is better maintainability, and faster development with less code...'


by Alexis Moussine-Pouchkine: "Having GlassFish v3 usable in embedded mode made it easy to create a maven plugin with multiple goals (see this previous entry). This in turn makes it easy to configure the plugin for maven-driven unit testing. Here's an example..."


Christopher Lam posted How to Create a Scheduler Module in a Java EE 6 Application with TimerService: "Many a time, in a Java EE application, besides the user-triggered transactions via the UI (e.g. from the JSF), there's a need for a mechanism to execute long running jobs triggered over time, e.g., batch jobs. Although in the EJB specs there's a Timer service, where Session Beans can be scheduled to run at intervals through annotations as well as programmatically, the schedule and intervals to execute the jobs have to be pre-determined during development time and Glassfish does not provide the framework and the means to do that out-of-the-box. So it is left to the developer to code that functionality or to choose a 3rd party product to do that..."


by Geertjan Wielenga: "Towards the end of 2008, I predicted that 2009 would be The Year of Documented Business Scenarios for the NetBeans Platform. I think, looking back at the past year, that, in particular via How to Create a Swing CRUD Application on NetBeans Platform 6.8, the year turned out as I had hoped. In addition to that, The Definitive Guide to NetBeans Platform was released during the past year as well, together with a massively updated NetBeans Platform screenshots page, which all relate closely to business scenarios for the NetBeans Platform. In the case of the book, the business scenarios were enabled, in the case of the screenshots page, the business scenarios were proved..."


Test your knowledge with Janice Heiss's Annual Developer Quiz: "For this quiz, SDN staff author Janice J. Heiss surveyed past interviews with leading Java developers in search of questions that might challenge, inform, entertain, amuse, and provoke you. The questions aspire to reflect both the intellectual curiosity and spirit of fun to be found in the Java community. We hope you enjoy taking this quiz... Test your knowledge of Java technology and computing..."


Ed Ort has published a three-part article series, Introducing the Java EE 6 Platform: "Java Platform, Enterprise Edition (Java EE) is the industry-standard platform for building enterprise-class applications coded in the Java programming language. Based on the solid foundation of Java Platform, Standard Edition (Java SE), Java EE adds libraries and system services that support the scalability, accessibility, security, integrity, and other requirements of enterprise-class applications..."


The NetBeans community announces that NetBeans IDE 6.8 is now available: "The NetBeans team is proud to announce the availability of NetBeans IDE 6.8! Download NetBeans IDE 6.8. NetBeans IDE 6.8 offers best-in-class support for the entire Java EE 6 specification and the GlassFish Enterprise Server v3 platform. Simplify Java application development with Java EE 6 language features: less XML configuration and more POJO-like development; easily target and deploy to GlassFish v3..."


Parts 2 and 3 of the Chris Wright and James Weaver article series "What's New in JavaFX 1.2 Technology" were recently published on the Sun Developer Network. Part 2 covers RSS, Storage, and Charts. Part 3 covers JavaFX Charts in greater detail. Thanks to Janice Heiss for pointing us to the latest additions to this series.


Sebastien Arbogast talks about My Devoxx Discoveries of the Year: "Every year, the main reason why I go to Devoxx is to discover new stuff. For me it’s all about technology watch. The internet and RSS feeds are my main tech watch instrument but there is one thing that is harder to get through RSS: feelings. Conferences like Devoxx are a unique opportunity, not only to see what’s happening but also to sense how the community is feeling about it, which is at least as important to anticipate on what’s going to be important..."


Terrence Barr invites us to Check out Java Card 3.0 Connected Edition: Real Java, just really flat ;-): "Java Card 3.0 was released a couple of months ago – and the second update (version 3.0.2) is scheduled for December. If you haven’t paid much attention to Java on smart cards because you thought it’s not “real” Java – well, look again. It’s true that Java Card 2 was very limited in many ways – a testament to the kind of technology you had available on smart cards 10 years ago. There are billions of these out there today..."


Josh Marinacci's has created a new JavaFX open source interactive artwork project, Project MaiTai: "What is MaiTai? MaiTai is an open source tool for building interactive artwork. You create interesting sketches by wiring different blocks together with lines. There are blocks to produce graphics, process mouse and keyboard inputs, connect to webservices, and perform complex graphical transformations. The end result is limited only by your imagination. MaiTai can export a Java Webstart application or a QuickTime movie..."