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Blog Archive for calvinaustin during May 2006

Nothing to do with the Mythbusters but the titanic really was outside Javaone today before being lifted on top of the Metreon. Yesterday I spent several hours walking through the Java pavilion floor, lots of great stuff to see and some good giveaways by the vendors here. I also stumbled upon a photo opportunity of James with the Dukes Choice awards
Java EE 5 for many of you is a big step forward to unifying the Java EE platform. The removal of application specific deployment scriptors should be very welcome, something that has always been a barrier between moving between applications. Learning deployment in Geronimo for example is just one extra tasks developers don't want to learn. There was the obligatory Netbeans demo, although the demos...
Now listening to the Java SE and EE keynote. Graham is revisting the core features of Java 6. Which includes some GUI clean-up for windows and updates for Windows Vista. The GUI looks nice and 10 years on the gray/grey rectangle is gone. But as a Java Linux user I want a 64bit plugin, the number 4 feature on the web site. I doubt whether one will be around for beta2 in June for final...
So Jonathan has taken stage. The first item he wanted to discuss was Suns Niagara hardware sparc try and buy program so that you can now download free hardware. Next came one of the conference sponsors, Ed Zander with Motorola who picked up a duke choice for a Motorola phone. Then the JDK java distro license change was introduced by Mark Shuttleworth of Ubuntu fame. Jonathan hinted about Ubuntu...
One of the first Big community Javaone items this year wasn't the Open Source Java news but a new license for the JDK on Linux. Now I really believe this is a good thing, not enough, but an improvement. However, if you read Simon Phipps blog then Sun appears to be tackling something akin to the Berlin wall and funny enough re-writing history at the same time! Without giving away too many secrets...