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Blog Archive for editor during February 2006

Mustang goes beta It's been a long time getting here -- the Mustang snapshots started appearing here on java.net in late 2004, if I'm not mistaken -- but we're getting closer. Java SE 6 is now feature-complete and the first beta has been released. Mark Reinhold discusses the milestone in his blog Mustang Beta Blog Carnival: In contrast to the source and binary snapshots that we've been...
The big picture behind BPEL Today's Feature Article offers a somewhat different approach, in that it doesn't involve much code. In fact, while it introduces Business Process Execution Language (BPEL), you won't find a short "Hello World" style example. In this case, the author thought it was most important to focus on the ideas and motivations behind BPEL, not in walking through a simple...
Step up, put up, shut up... or wake up? Your editor's three-year-old decided to be up from 2 to 5 this morning, and as a result, I'm barely thinking straight. So let's let the front page speak for itself today. In Also in Java Today, Daniel Steinberg says it's Time for Java developers to put up or shut up: "Off the top of my head I can name dozens of really interesting projects...
In Projects and Communities, the jai-imageio project, parent of all Java Advanced Imaging (JAI) Image I/O tools projects, has announced that as of this week, daily builds will now be available from their builds page. The parent project contains the sub-projects jai-imageio-core (the core API), and jai-imageio-demos (demonstration programs). The Java Enterprise Community page is...
Overcoming the browser upload problem A long time ago, I actually wrote a servlet to parse a multipart http form request and handle a multi-megabyte file upload. It was miserable, because the multipart format isn't particularly well optimized to this -- if only each part had a content size, I wouldn't have had to scan the buffer every time for the end-of-part string. It worked, but given...
Why NetBeans is back on the radar "Fan mail from some flounder", as Bullwinkle would say, this time from the comments on the latest java.net poll: Java.net is slowly becoming less of a Java community and more of a sales barge for all things Sun. The coverage of Netbeans on this site gives one the mistaken impression that it has relevant market share, when in fact I know of only one poor sod...
Deeper into image effects The mathematics of image effects comes to center stage again, as Jeff Friesen takes another look at image embossing in the final installment of "Java Tech". But there's more than just embossing in the Feature Article, Java Tech: Process Images with Imagician. The article unveils an image effects studio application, allowing you to take an image and add one effect...
Help light up java.net I caught the last quarter of the Super Bowl yesterday -- having kids who know how to work the remote has cut deeply into my TV viewing -- and in a helicopter shot of my former hometown of Detroit, I could point out which towers of the Renaissance Center I'd worked in on summer jobs in high school and college, and how I'd drive down Jefferson Ave., under Cobo Hall, to...
Documenting the return of the waterfall process Daniel Steinberg, our editor-in-chief and author of Extreme Software Engineering: A Hands-On Approach, sent me a link to the Waterfall 2006 conference yesterday. It took me about 30 seconds to get the joke -- the April 1 conference date should be a dead giveaway -- but I've since forwarded it on to others and they've been incredulous at the...
New releases from NetBeans and ROME There are two significant releases on the front page, one of which has been a long time coming, and the other of which ties into today's feature article. The ROME project aims to free developers from concerning themselves with the differences between the various web syndication standards, RSS and Atom, or the version incompatibilities between them. It...