No, really, we mean it.
The brand new java.net "Mustang" Snapshot Releases are
perfect for you. These snapshots give developers access to the latest
features and fixes made to the J2SE 6.0 release. Whether you choose to
binaries or the source code, be aware that these early releases are only lightly
tested before being made available so if you are risk averse or...
Pre-announcing a news flash
I heard something on radio the other day that I hadn't heard in years. The announcer was "alerting the affiliates" of a change to the schedule during the third hour. The stations carrying the broadcast would have to make changes to the timing of the commercial breaks. Years ago, this was common. You would hear them during broadcasts of ball games and other live...
Choose a shade of grey
You may spend your time in more than one area of Java, but we
thought we would ask in our poll this week Are you primarily a J2ME, J2SE, or
J2EE developer. Like all polls, we recognize that this one is
flawed. You can't work in J2EE without also being a J2SE developer. If
you are working on enterprise apps using only J2SE APIs, then what are
you? Rather than shave this...
Building on top of OpenGL
In today's Weblogs,
Chris Campbell delivers a very thorough explanation of what's going on
Behind the Graphics2D: The OpenGL-based Pipeline. His post is
designed to "help answer the hot question and explain all the caveats
that developers might encounter when they run their application with
the OpenGL-based pipeline enabled. Even this one (long!) document is...
Announcements for java.net projects in RSS feeds
In today's Weblogs,
Eduardo Pelegri-Llopart writes about RSS
and us. He writes that it is generally difficult to keep tabs on
all of the activity within one or more communities. He points to the
availability of RSS feeds that you can use to keep tabs on your
favorite projects or on a group of projects. If you are involved in a
Taking a trip through the Looking Glass
Sam Hiser co-wrote a book on the Java Desktop System for O'Reilly
and was particularly impressed with the look and feel of Project
Looking Glass. For him, it was one of the first real significant
breaks with the traditional WIMP (Window, Icon, Menu, Pointing
Device) approach. In
Through the Looking Glass he interviews Looking Glass creator...
Download the J2SE 5.0 Source using SCSL or JRL
You can now download the Source code for J2SE 5.0 using either the Sun Community Source License (SCSL) or the Java Research License (JRL). You can find out more about the JRL here on java.net and follow the link to the J2SE source download from the JRL homepage. On the J2SE Source Code download page you are advised that "if you decide to use your...
All politics is local - even the JCP.
This continues to be an important time for the Java community. JCP members can and should vote between now and November 15 for committee members for both executive committees. The candidate pool is rich and varied. Consider your alternatives and cast your vote.
In his blog, Onno Kluyt encourages you to vote in the JCP elections. He writes "...
Genial humanists and Obsessive Visionaries
Brian Marrick's thoughts on OOPSLA are summed up in his blog entry subtitled Just Another Boring Romantic, That's Me. Marrick summarizes his thoughts after seeing talks by Ward Cunningham and Alan Kay like this, "We're all just people, mostly muddling along the best we can. But Lord, I wish the genial humanists like Ward and the obsessive...
Wanted: Mac Developers for JDIC
Joshua Marinacci continues his look at JDesktop Integration Components with an overview of the screen saver SaverBeans SDK which "is an incubator project that provides a cross-platform API for accessing the screen, along with a packager tool to produce platform-specific executables. SaverBeans doesn't come with any screensavers, but there is a secondary project...