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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


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..."


The NetBeans team is pleased to announce the availability of NetBeans IDE 6.8 Beta. NetBeans IDE 6.8 Beta is the first IDE to offer support for the entire Java EE 6 spec. Highlights include support for JSF 2.0/Facelets, Java Persistence 2.0, EJB 3.1 including using EJBs in web applications, RESTful web services, and GlassFish v3. The IDE's integration with Project Kenai, a collaborative environment for hosting open-source projects, now offers full support for JIRA and improved instant messenger and issue tracker integration. PHP support has been extended to include the Symfony framework and PHP 5.3. The release also supports the JavaFX SDK 1.2.1 ...

[10/25/2009] editor Kevin Farnham has published a new article, "Interview: Andr


The JavaFXpert RIA Challenge is underway. The JUGs Community reports: Java Champion Jim Weaver has a serious JavaFX contest going on. "Create an application in JavaFX that exemplifies the appearance and behavior of a next-generation enterprise RIA (rich internet application)". Entries must be submitted in the form of a NetBeans project by 00:00 GMT on 10 January 2010.


Take the JavaFX Survey! Danny Coward, reporting on the survey, said: "Don't href="">bottle up any href="">unexpressed href="">opinions about href="">JavaFX, take the survey. Mixed in with the usual snoozeville multichoice questions about the kind of project you work on, you get to rate the current feature set and rank the importance of new features the team's working on: tooling, more controls, performance...."


We recently published Biswajit Sarkar's article Using the Payment API for Microcredit and Other Applications". This week's Economist magazine is featuring a special report on mobile banking in emerging markets, titled "The power of mobile money": "mobile phones have evolved in a few short years to become tools of economic empowerment for the world


Janice Heiss interviewed Kirk Pepperdine on the topics of performance tuning and cloud computing: " (JSC): In your talks, you always warn developers that they must carefully evaluate any generic advice that you provide to see if it applies to a particular situation. Why is this so important? Pepperdine: While I do give generic advice, I carefully explain that people have to evaluate it to see if it will work. I am giving advice in a vacuum, so what may work for many people most of the time may be very detrimental in other contexts. I don't know in advance what specific problem someone is working on..."


The Media Streams Player Project has announced the release of Version 1.0.0: "Aalhamdulillah! Most probably this is going to be the very first release of a complete cross-platform media player which is written in the Java Programming Language. Media Streams Player is entirely written in the Java Programming Language using the Java Media Framework (JMF) API. This cross-platform media player can play Video & Audio files of most of the popular media file formats on different popular Hardware & OS platforms. This application is currently under development. But this demo version which is ready to be released is a stable version of the application. End users of the application can use the Windows version of the media player just downloading & installing the Windows executable of Media Streams Player. They can find it at the Home Page of the project located at the given URL."


Terrence Barr announces 4 New Screencasts: LWUIT, JDTF, JSR 290, and JavaCard: "Our documentation team has put together four brand-new screencasts on current subjects. They are 5 minutes each in length and a great way to get introduced quickly to the highlights of each topic. I encourage you to have a look..."


The Java Communications Community announces that SIP Communicator now supports file transfers: "The SIP Communicator project is proud to announce that it now supports file transfer for most protocols supported by SIP Communicator. Starting from build 2002 SIP Communicator users would be able to share files via the XMPP, MSN, Yahoo! Messenger, ICQ and AIM protocols. You can download the application at This implementation is part of an effort funded by the NLnet foundation. However, early research on the subject started long ago and many have contributed."


Danny Coward invites us to participate in a Deep Dive on JDK 7: "The Janitor joined Ed Ort for a Deep Dive on JDK 7, check it out here. Really given how much is going into JDK 7, its perhaps more of a flyover and swoop, but, if you need to catch up with the plan, take a look."


A new video, Java Warehouse - Part 1 of 3 - How to Submit an Application - Registration, is now available: "Learn how to submit applications to the Java Warehouse. In this first segment Bernard Traversat, Director of Java Store Engineering, shows how easy it is for developers to register for the Java Warehouse Developer Portal."


Jim Wright interviews Mario Fusco, creator of the Lambdaj Project, in this Community Corner 2009 podcast, recorded at JavaOne: "Lambdaj is a library that makes easier to manipulate collections in a pseudo-functional and statically typed way. In our experience to iterate over collection, especially in nested loops, is often error prone and makes the code less readable. The purpose of this library is to alleviate these problems employing some functional programming techniques but without losing the static typing of java. We impose this last constraint to make refactoring easier and safer and allow the compiler to do its job. In a word, lambdaj partially eliminates the burden to write (often nested and poorly readable) loops while iterating over collections by allowing to filter, convert, group, aggregate and sort their items without to write a single explicit loop."

[08/09/2009]'s Gary Thompson moderates a roundtable discussion with James Liu and members of the OpenSolaris Team in this Community Corner 2009 podcast, recorded at JavaOne.


Sonya Barry moderates a roundtable discussion with the Alice Team in this Community Corner 2009 podcast, recorded at JavaOne: "Alice is an innovative 3D programming environment that makes it easy to create an animation for telling a story, playing an interactive game, or a video to share on the web. Created at Carnegie Mellon University, Alice is a freely available teaching tool designed to be a student's first exposure to object-oriented programming..."