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Blog Archive for editor during June 2006

How's the Java EE 5 bandwagon? The long-awaited, much-scrutinized Java EE 5 went final at JavaOne, so a month later, it's fair to ask how it's going over. Early word seems to be positive, now that the bits are out there and are being consumed by the enterprise Java audience. One of our Also in Java Today news items surveys the response to EE 5 and finds developers enthusiastic about the...
Was the JAR format meant to last this long? I remember in a JavaOne 2005 keynote, one of the Sun speakers wondered aloud about how far they could take the JAR format, and if was time to move on to something new. A lot of developers have complained about versioning problems, particularly with inter-library dependencies. A JAR can provide some version information, but what can it do for you...
How to get the young ones writing games in Java Did your programming career start with writing games on home computers? Did you try to understand how arcade games work and recreate them? It turns out a lot of people did this. Heck, I did, and after getting burned by how slow BASIC was on the TI-99/4A, I found myself stumbling through assembly language. Not that I particuarly wanted to...
Making web services work for you The interest in SOA in general and in web services in particular is growing at an impressive rate. Many well-known internet-based companies such as Amazon.com, eBay, Google, Yahoo, and many others now provide web services as part of their internet business offerings, and many other companies are considering web services as a basis for their evolving SOA-based...
The numbers are in for the JavaOne podcasts The other day, one of Marla's assistants crunched the download numbers for download.java.net for May, which gave us our first look at the results of our experiment in podcasting the community corner minitalks. Here are the top ten episodes downloaded during Java one and through the end of May, with links to their announcement pages in the java.net...
In Projects and Communities, the ION project recently released version 1.0 of its media player, which enables subscriptions, download, and playback of media feeds such as videoblogs and podcasts. It incorporates numerous components for media playback, including Windows Media, QuickTime, Flash, and JMF. It has built-in access to Blip.tv, Flickr, Yahoo, and other sources of rich media....
Just open source Swing and nobody gets hurt? Well, I knew this one would start attracting comments after it got out of its xml.com silo and found its way to the wider Java audience. In the xml.com blog Sun should Open Source Swing: what is bad for Gosling is good for propaganda, Rick Jeliffe advocates open-sourcing Swing by way of an argument that Sun's stewardship of the desktop side of...
In Projects and Communities, responding to feedback from many places, the jdk-distros project has announced a new version of the "FAQ for the Operating System Distributor License for Java (DLJ)". Version 1.2 of the DLJ FAQ is an effort to incorporate feedback and clarify the intent of the DLJ, specifically rewriting the preamble to clarify the relationship between the FAQ and the license...
Swing to get an application framework? Maybe the problem with Swing development doesn't begin with squabbles over look-and-feels or lightweight rendering. Maybe it starts with: public static void main (String[] args) How are you supposed to get a desktop application out of that? "Oh," say the battle-weary Swing veterans, "there are a hundred ways to do it." Yeah, that's the problem: there...