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Roger Brinkley

Roger Brinkley is the JavaDesktop Community Leader and a Senior Staff Engineer at Sun Microsystems. He has been at Sun for over 10 years and was the chief architect of the JavaHelp API and is still actively involved in online help system delivery mechansims.


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Brazilian Portuguese JDK API and Guide Translation Project

Posted by brinkley on April 20, 2006 at 12:14 PM PDT

Last week at the Sun Tech Days in Brazil Jeff Jackson announced the Brazilian Portuguese Translation project (see

Mustang Blog Carnival One Delight After Another

Posted by brinkley on February 16, 2006 at 6:03 PM PST

As this effort appears to be a duplication of effort with Mark Reinhold's Mustang Beta Blog Carnival blog I have removed the content and refer the readers to his blog at

Why the JEditorPane is important to the JavaHelp ContentViewer

Posted by brinkley on November 22, 2005 at 1:06 PM PST

In the original design of JavaHelp there was an emphasis on using Swing components. One of the major components in any help system is the content viewer. In JavaHelp, the content viewer is based on the JEditorPane and specifically the HTMLEditorKit and the TextEditorKit for rendering documents.

This dependency has been, according to several, the major drawback in using JavaHelp.

JBidWatcher snipes

Posted by brinkley on September 8, 2005 at 9:38 AM PDT

I admitted it, I'm a ebay sniper. Those ebay buyers that step in at the absolute last second and take the bid away from perspective bidders. Until recently I would watch individual items as the ending time approached. It got so bad that I would even use my cell phone for those have to items. But no more, I've been liberated.

When 12% is really greater than 50%

Posted by brinkley on August 26, 2005 at 10:39 AM PDT

When the 2005 WritersUA Skills and Technologies Survey initially was published a coworker forwarded me the results showing JavaHelp with a 12% of the respondents saying it was valuable or invaluable to them. I didn't understand at first why he was so excited.

JDK Community Meeting

Posted by brinkley on June 25, 2005 at 12:18 PM PDT

On Tuesday June 28 the JDK Community will be hosting a Community Meet and Greet at 6:00 at the Argent Hotel in San Francisco. Over pizza and a drink, chat with community leaders, researchers, and contributors about how you can get involved in fixing bugs, contributing features, and making the Java Platform better than ever.

JDK Community Launched

Posted by brinkley on May 10, 2005 at 2:59 PM PDT

Starting last fall Sun sponsored a handful Java 2 Standard Edition (J2SE) projects on to involve those outside of Sun in the ongoing development of the J2SE. Along the way forums specific to the projects were added and in the spring the jdk-collaboration project was started allows external developers to collaborate with Sun on the mustang release.

JDK Contribution Chat

Posted by brinkley on April 14, 2005 at 10:40 PM PDT

Ray Gans, Peter Kessler and Kelly O'Hair will be in a chat room on April 19 at 10:00 AM PDT at answering questions about the JDK collection of projects (AKA Project Peabody).

Java Advanced Imaging and Java Advanced Imaging Image I/O Tools Source Code Now Available!

Posted by brinkley on February 11, 2005 at 12:04 AM PST

I am pleased to announce that Java Advanced Imaging and Java Advanced Imaging Image I/O Tools source code is now available on

JavaDesktop Community tops 200 projects

Posted by brinkley on January 25, 2005 at 11:20 AM PST

I am pleased to announce that the JavaDesktop community has just surpassed the 200 mark in community projects. We are the second largest community in in terms of projects and surpassing the 200 project milestone in a 20 months is quite an achievement.