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Blog Archive for editor during February 2004

CNet's news.com is reporting today that IBM is urging Sun to make Java open-source. The article sources an open letter from Rod Smith, IBM's vice president of emerging technology, to Rob Gingell, a Vice President and Sun Fellow at Sun — the letter has been publicly posted here. In it, Smith replies to comments from Sun's Simon Phipps, who earlier in the month asked why IBM hadn't open-...
Kathy Sierra, an author with a java.net weblog of her own, has just posted a tremendously interesting message to Studio B's "Computer Book Publishers" list. Click the above link — here it is again if you're seeing this via RSS or equivalent funkiness — before continuing here, because she's got a lot more to say than I do. You read it right? OK, we can continue. First, there are an...
'Tis true; for those that she makes fair she scarce makes honest, and those that she makes honest she makes very ill-favouredly-As You Like It, Act I, Scene ii As much as I hear people talking about "a renewed interest in Java on the desktop", I hear just as many differences in basic assumptions about what we want or expect from these applications. Conversations with other authors and webloggers...
Mac OS X is now officially up-to-date with Java, as Apple has just released a substantial J2SE 1.4.2 implementation that catches up with the latest release version from Sun. Panther (ie, Mac OS X 10.3.x) users can find it in their Software Update. For those wanting a stand-alone installer (hello, sysadmins!), one is available here. The download is about 28 MB. The big news in this update is...