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Blog Archive for daniel during March 2005

Improving usability Michael Jouravlev presents part two of The Wizard Component in our Featured Articles section. He takes you through the development of " a multi-page wizard component, which provides synchronization of View and Model, separates input from output, separates one view from another, disables page caching, and tries its best to control the browser's session history. In short, we...
Jini chooses Apache 2 A year ago at the seventh Jini community meeting, there was a forum in which the issue of licenses was raised. A community member made the following point: It may be true that no existing license exactly fits the needs of your particular open source project. It may also be true that modifying an existing license to your needs requires very little in the way of...
John Carmack on J2ME In Also in Java Today John Carmack recently blogged about his Cell phone adventures . He explains that he is not a cell phone guy but that after Quake3 and other projects he has decided to write a cell phone game. He writes "After working my way through the alphabet soup of J2ME, CLDC, and MIDP, I've found that writing for the platform is pretty easy. In fact, I...
We hold these truths to be self-evident It is, of course, striking that self-evident truths need be enumerated. What these words might better communicate is the desire to create a society in which these principles are central. When it comes to online communities such as those we are trying to foster here at java.net what truths are self-evident? It turns out that a lot of people have thought...
Beating on betas "Being first and just good enough proved more advantageous than being best." So writes Frank Sommers in an article about a possible change in the way we create software titled The Vanishing Middle. He worries that "The key projects receive a disproportionately large percentage of user feedback, which, in turn, will make them even better. Does that mean that it is hopeless to...
Plans for JDIC In today's Weblogs , George Zhang reports on Where's JDIC Going? He takes a look at the state of the Java Desktop Integration Components. " JDIC has been under active discussion and development since its debut at JavaOne 2004. With the latest milestone release 0.9, a couple of new features and APIs are introduced. Check out what's new in 0.9 and an overall status update of the...
Pick up some buggy code and join in In today's Forums, we feature two posts by Bino George. The first is a response to someone asking about two bugs. Bino writes "Do you have a fix for these already ? If you do you can contribute it using contribution page : https://jdk-collaboration.dev.java.net/contributions/index.html Or are you suggesting that someone should work on it ? These look like...
Don't call it scripting anymore Tom McQueeny asks in his blog, Are the scripting languages threatening Java? He writes "New languages and new web frameworks will have to prove themselves. They're not going to steamroll over Java without some real projects proving their mettle over Java in the long term. I do have a concern that some software development managers, in their quest for Cheaper,...
Advantages of only shipping binaries Have you ever been in a house that looks really neat and clean until you open a drawer? In order to get the outside appearance so nice, the people straightening up shoved papers and clothes and items anywhere - just so that they were out of sight. Maybe, suggests Frank Sommers, that's the problem with source code. "Almost nothing you work on ever leaves...
An honor to be nominated A month ago Morgan Freeman was on the Charlie Rose show talking about the Oscars. He was asked about how important it was to him to win the award. He said, as everyone says, that it is an honor just to be nominated. He then went further to explain that making it into the final list of the five or six best at something in a category means a lot to him. After that, there...