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Blog Archive for editor during April 2006

Clicking the "approve project" button Lots of us who work on java.net wear multiple hats. For example, along with representing CollabNet on the infrastructure group and among the community leads, Helen Chen is also involved with the JXTA and Sun Grid communities. Similarly, while my main job is as an editor for O'Reilly, I'm also the owner of an incubated project, and a co-lead of the Mac...
Giving Java a voice For a while, I've wanted to run an article on assistive technologies, somethign that is arguably more acknowledged than understood. I've heard from some people over the years with a keen awareness of the issue and a need for more information, often those who are developing for government and are required (by contract or law) to ensure that their application is accessible...
What it takes to keep programmers productive Joel Spolsky has another interesting essay up, and this one should give developers the warm fuzzies because it says that if you're at a software company, then the whole point of management is to keep you happy and productive. Specifically, Joel writes of a The Development Abstraction Layer, which exists to eliminate all the implementation details...
Adding scripting languages to Java So, JSR-223 brings scripting languages to the Java platform. For the sake of rhetorical argument, let's ask the obvious question: "what the heck does that mean?" In the Feature Article, Scripting for the Java Platform, Thomas Künneth explains: It means Java classes and objects are exposed to a scripting language so that you can instantiate classes...
JBoss and Red Hat join forces So, JBoss is now a part of Red Hat. News.com (linked) has the business story, and JBoss' own Marc Fleury has his personal take on his blog JBoss Signs Definitive Agreement to be Acquired by Red Hat, along with pictures (nice Braves t-shirt, Marc... people sometimes forget that JBoss is in Atlanta, as is your editor). It will be interesting to see what comes of...
What Java topics are we overlooking? I took a look at O'Reilly's Java page the other day to tally up the number of Java books they currently have in print. The answer? 90. And that's in-print: it doesn't count previous editions, or out-of-print titles like Jini in a Nutshell (sigh) or Java AWT Reference (the entire text of which is online). So here's a question? Are we done? Have we...
What not to try, catch, or throw I don't know why, but I enjoy the heck out of anti-patterns. It's nice to see when someone recognizes bad ideas for what they are. Well, maybe not a bad idea, per se. If a pattern is a good way to handle a common problem, then an anti-pattern is a bad way to handle a common problem. And don't tell me you don't see these anti-patterns all the time:...
Why can't Java talk to my Dance Pad? OK, someone please stop me from having to write this as a native Mac app... I'm working on some stuff for the Distributing the Future podcast, and I have some phone and Skype interviews that I'd like to transcribe before I write my script and plan my edits. When I worked at CNN, I'd occasionally be assigned tape logging duty, which meant I'd spend the...
Stripping away the SOA hype There's been so much hype about Service Oriented Architecture that sometimes it's hard to see that there really is some point to it, other than hawking a bunch of commercial wares. On this, David Walend writes: Unfortunately, most developers find it hard to cut through this tide of hype to learn just what service oriented architecture is about. Forests of three-...
JavaOne sneaking up? If you're planning on attending JavaOne 2006, you are aware that it's just six weeks away now, right? The move to mid-May from its typical June spot is sure to catch some people just a little off-guard. In fact, the early registration discount runs out the week after next, so if you need to get your boss to cover your trip, this might be the week to be nice to him or...