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Blog Archive for editor during June 2005

Reaching the breaking point JavaOne is a conference not timid in its ambition. With keynotes as early as 8 AM and BoF's stretching until 11:30 PM, perhaps only ADHOC/MacHack is more determined to keep paricipants from sleeping. And on Day 3, participants who've been slamming down sessions, BoF's and walking the pavilion may finally be hitting the breaking point. It wasn't hard on this day to...
New names, old friends, and a roadmap For many of us, JavaOne 2005 started off in the form of a line stretching out of the Moscone Center, around the Sony Metreon, and past the Yerba Buena Gardens. And I had arrived 15 minutes before the beginning of the general session. Given the stream of attendees I saw arriving as I waited, the end of the line was probably around the block and then some....
JavaOne is underway, with a lenghty Monday morning general session laying out the future of the Java SE and Java EE platforms. I took dutiful notes, for use in a show recap that will appear on ONJava Wednesday night. When it was over, my battery had about a 21% charge. That's when it hit me: there are no power stips in the public areas Last year's JavaOne was generous with the access to power...
Join us, in person or online, for next week's JavaOne happenings Not all Java developers go to JavaOne. This is important, so let me repeat it: not all Java developers go to JavaOne. Sometimes we in the computer media get so focused on the major announcements, new software releases, and other activity that are timed to match the conference, that we may be overlooking the fact that the huge...
A path to radically simpler webapp development. By this point, most developers have heard about Ruby on Rails, a web application framework that has generated a level of enthusiasm and advocacy not seen in some time. Java has multiple frameworks - competition is good after all - some of them fairly light-weight and some, um, not. But RoR is about more than casting off the shackles of XML...
Too big for a single book Yesterday, Daniel blogged on Tim O'Reilly's blog entry The Rise of Open Source Java, which noted an upturn in Java book sales, attributable to both a Tiger-timeframe refresh of popular titles, and to major open-source projects based on Java, such as Spring, Struts, Lucene, and AspectJ. One of the talkbacks caught my eye, and not in a good way: Doesn't this suggest that...
One work week until JavaOne Whether or not you're going to JavaOne, it would be hard not to notice the flurry of activity as the event looms (one work week away, at this point). News editor Steve Mallett e-mailed me and Daniel the other night to express his surprise at how many news items were available for the front page. I noted that two of his news items were for "RC1" releases of projects...
Isn't this great? Well, you can't have it yet. I need a new laptop. I switched to a desktop last year, but now JavaOne and a late-summer working vacation are looming, and I'll need portability. I'm only looking at Mac portables, because I think life is too short and too precious to use anything less. Problem is, while Steve Jobs got the Mac fans enthusiastic about Intel-based Macs the other...
A naming convention you won't soon forget Overly generic names are a hazard for programmers. J2SE 5.0 already has multiple Timers, Dates, and Documents, and it doesn't take much to overload such common terms as Node or Component. In a java.net Forums message, user zixle, discussing Mustang's table sorting API, notes that "We are rapidly running out of non-overloaded names in the JDK. From one...
IM's between me and Cooper a few weeks back: Cooper: Stupid question nobody seems to know... Do you know how to find out the free space available on a filesystem from java? Me: ah ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha Cooper: I take it you have seen that before? Cooper: :-= Me: I'm looking up the RFE for you Me: suffice to say, for now, you're Runtime.exec()'ing a du and scraping...