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Blog Archive for editor during January 2007

Can you make a viral video about Java ME? The latest Java-related contest doesn't require you to write any code to be eligible for some of its prizes. Instead, the Java Mobile Application Video Contest is looking for 1-3 minute videos that show off Java ME or phoneME applications. No, you don't have to write app yourself. Just show off why it's cool, how it works, how it was built, whatever...
Giving your objects the functionality they need I was a little hesitant to reuse our "Aspect-Oriented Programming" series tile on today's Feature Article, because while its approaches are in the spirit of providing "advice" to address cross-cutting concerns throughout a program, author Eric Batzdorff found AOP an unneccessaily invasive mechanism for his needs. Still, though, the motivation...
Debunking widely-held programming beliefs Light a candle or curse the darkness? The internet seems highly optimized for the latter, with the further spread of ignorance always just a single Digg away. Java programmers have long been on the bad end of some of the most popular misbeliefs: "Java is slow" and "Swing is ugly" have an entrenched truthiness that's well suited to mindless...
Why did it take Steve Jobs to get people talking about desktop Java? It's been a long time since desktop Java got as much notice around the blogosphere as it has in the last few weeks. Not that that's a good thing; it's just true. Largely, this has been kicked off by comments by Apple CEO Steve Jobs in David Pogue's New York Times blog, in which Jobs defends the decision to leave Java off...
The Java podcasts that keep going and going... For every podcast that succeed, lots fail. Or, more accurately, they "podfade" -- the novelty wears off for the creators, they find other things to do, the audience never shows up, whatever, and over time, new episodes stop appearing. One metric I heard in a session on conference session on podcasting is that while most podcasters have a half-...
Hani's case against pointer JSR's Many Java programmers know Hani Suleiman from the brutally critical and often obscene Bile Blog, one of the most popular blogs on JRoller. Fewer are aware of his role as a founder of the Open Symphony project, which has produced a number of projects in widespread use, and probably fewer still recall that he was elected to the JCP executive committee in 2005...
Making the switch to EJB 3.0 You've no doubt seen a couple articles over the years about the latest, greatest library, framework, or tool, one which directly addresses your current development needs, and in a way far more elegant or effective than what you're currently doing... and wished you could actually use it. Once you're deeply into a project, there's rarely an opportunity to rework...
Success stories from open-source Pardon a moment of preaching to the converted, but a few of today's bloggers have noted the power and effectiveness of open-source development, and it seemed to make sense to put these together on the page today. David Van Couvering starts off with I love open source, in which he discusses features added to Derby from sources outside of Sun, like support for...
Loving and hating IDE's It's hard sometimes to understand the devotion some developers have to their favorite tools, especially IDE's. But the serious user will tell you that they are severely impaired without their IDE of choice. A poll from last year, How dependent are you on your IDE?, showed that only 20% thought they'd be fine without it. So what's the big deal? Two blogs today...
Copy and paste for ME, finally! How much do you do with the Java support on your phone? If you've tried to use productivity apps like GMail for Mobile, or Opera Mini, then there's a good chance you've needed to do copy-and-paste at some point, to save you from repetitive text entry on the keypad that was never really meant for text entry in the first place. Of course, the question then...