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Blog Archive for editor during March 2006

Also in Projects and Communities, Kohsuke Kawaguchi blogs about what may be the JAXB 2.0 reference implementation in his blog entry JAXB RI 2.0 release candidate posted. "Unit test failures are down to 0, SQE tests are down to 0, and TCK tests are down to 1. All the lights are almost green, except this one TCK failure." The latest java.net Poll asks "What kind of device do you do most of...
In Projects and Communities, A forum message announces a major update in Project Looking Glass' documentation. The PDF document Project Looking Glass - A Comprehensive Overview of the Technology (1.4 MB) covers LG3D's design, client-side API, effects, incubator applications, and future directions. Larry Freeman's blog Java BluePrints for the Java EE 5 SDK discusses updates to the...
Possibly our most balanced poll results yet A quick note about the current java.net poll, which asks "What do you think of bytecode manipulation frameworks?" Looking at the results, I don't think we've ever run a poll where the results were so even. Of five options, the most popular currently has 27%, and the least has 14%, and that's the usual "don't know / don't care" catch-all option....
A shout-out to Open For Business One of our favorite projects is moving into a more prominent role, as the Java Tools Community project Open For Business (OFBiz) has been accepted as an Apache Incubator project. OFBiz provides the building blocks of e-commerce applications, including catalog, customer, order, warehouse and fulfillment management functionality. A strong community has formed...
The arcane sorcery of bytecode manipulation Earlier in the week, I wrote an article for O'Reilly's other Java site, attacking the question What Is Java as a means of resetting long-held (and often wrong) conventional wisdom about Java and trying to re-frame the discussion. A big part of the inspiration for this was several different trends that have to do with the JVM. You can see this in...
Baffling bits that break RMI I feel a great affinity for today's "(Not So) Stupid Question", as it relates directly to a number of RMI problems I had to hack through years ago. The question from "Ashley" phrases it perfectly: "What's the deal with serialVersionUID?" That's great: what's the deal? Because when you get bit by it, you immediately have to wonder if the cure is worse than the...
Will a free office suite on the web revive applets? I forget where I noticed -- I think it was in the Java Posse's show notes while setting up a link to them for something else yesterday -- that ThinkFree Office is now available in a free applet version. Seriously. This is how many things that how many people have been asking for for so long? Office in Java, like Corel tried and failed to...
A lingua franca for JSP and JSF After running a lot of desktop oriented features for the last few weeks, we figured it was high time to delve back into the web tier. And one of the key issues on the mind of a lot of people is how to make the most of JSF, especially if they're moving up the stack from JSP. But there's been a problem... In the Feature Article Unified Expression Language for...
Honoring Java Luminaries In a few of our internal meetings, the term "Java Champions" has come up. Initially, I thought this was an ad hoc term for evangelists within Sun, and didn't think of it again... until we got an e-mail in a response to a blog, Don't Give us your Tired Your Poor, that Daniel Steinberg wrote over on ONJava to point out all the world-class work being done in Java and...