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Blog Archive for editor during November 2005

Playing Sudoku and Quake 2 with Java I usually don't have time do the daily Sudoku in the newspaper, but it's a smart diversion for when the opportunity presents itself, and something I've blogged about before -- the Sept 15 Editor's Daily Blog linked to Phil Milne's Swing-based Su Doku workpad and evaluator. So, you can play Sudoku in Java, but how about solving it? Any Java developer could...
Starter bugs for would-be JDK contributors The announcement hit the front page on Thursday, a holiday in the U.S. and thus probably missed by a lot of readers, so we're putting it in the Spotlight: the JDK Community Starter Bug List is now up. As described by a getting started page, these are bugs determined by the JDK team to be a good place for would-be contributors to get started, as...
Engaging in a little enterprise Your editor is away-from-keyboard this morning, taking in some of the frenetic day-after-Thanksgiving sales - commonly known as "Black Friday" because it can put retailers "in the black" for the year - to pick up holiday gifts for family members. The front page items and this blog were prepared last night... though given the usual 5-6 AM grind, it's really...
In Projects and Communities, are you interested in contributing to Mustang but not sure where to start? Try picking off a JDK Starter Bug. This new page lists bugs identified by the JDK team as being particularly suitable for outside developers to work on. A getting started page describes the criteria for starter bugs and shows how to claim a bug, collaborate on it, and submit the fix...
How I learned to think different about languages Taken together, two of the items on today's page remind me of my favorite Computer Science class in college. CS 108B, taught by my adviser Stuart Reges (Stuart, if you're out there, e-mail me sometime), was ostensibly about processing data, where 108A had been about representing data. But the real story is that 108B was a 10-week crash-course...
Embracing test-first development and the web OK, surely all developers get it by now: test-first development, agile methodology, short release cycles and perpetual buildability and releasability. But what about QA, support, DBA's and other people intimiately invested in the well-being of your application? They could probably be enlisted into the effort, if only not for the requirement that...
Prelude to a slow week? To our international readers: this might be a slow week in terms of developments from the U.S. Let me explain how I think this came about. Thursday is Thanksgiving, a national holiday. Nearly everyone also gets or takes Friday off, making it a four day holiday (Friday is particularly infamous as a shopping day for the various winter holidays). Given that this is...
The JavaOne 2006 clock ticks away The earlier-than-usual JavaOne 2006 -- it's in May, not late June -- is bound to catch some people unawares. In particular, if you plan on speaking, then you'd better plan on having your proposal done in the next two weeks. Less, actually. James Gosling offers this reminder in his blog entry JavaOne is Getting Closer, in which he suggests: "Do a really good...
So long, getContentPane().add() If you've seen Graham Hamilton's blog entry My Favorite (Dead) Java Boilerplate, then you know about how Mustang will obsolete the following boiler-plate Swing code:    JFrame f = new JFrame ("Sample");   JButton b = new JButton ("OK");   <b>f.getContentPane().add(b);</b> In earlier versions of Java...