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Blog Archive for editor during February 2007

Two Java mini-conferences next week At some point this week, I need to deal with packing for next week's Java Posse Roundup open space conference in Crested Butte, Colorado. The Posse has set "Java off the server" as their perferred topic and although and open-space conference could go whatever way the participants choose to take it, my expectation is that we'll get some interesting people...
I think I've been talking up QuickTime and Java in ways that seem to have confused people. Just the other week, the Java Posse talked about "that stuff that Chris Adamson did", and I'm like "oh crap, did they just say I wrote QuickTime for Java?" The Freshman Soooo... let's reset. Let's go way back. Way way back. We're talking "first season of The Simpsons" back. 1990, when Apple released...
Limits on mobile apps? My editorial standards are such that I'm not willing to put on the front page stories that seem to be based entirely on rumor, second-hand information, innuendo and insult... but that doesn't mean I won't blog about them if they're interesting and have at least a kernel of truth to them. In this case, it's a post on GearLog, also noted by Slashdot, that T-Mobile in the...
Can you code without your favorite tools? Kathy Sierra has a set of scenarios that might strike you as familiar: It's lunchtime at the cafe and you give the cashier a $20 bill for an $8 purchase. She gives you $32.78 in change. You mention the mistake. She says, "But that's what the cash register says I owe you." She can't cope with the cognitive dissonance between reality and What The...
If you can paint it, you can have it One of the most beloved aspects of Swing is its infinite customizability. When presenting a JavaOne session on our Swing book, Josh Marinacci and I stuck to the catch-phrase "if you can paint it, you can have it." Actually, that's half the story -- the other half is "if you can model it, you can have it." Still, the point remains: if you can model...
Romain's GUI's get even shinier Somehow, I hadn't noticed Romain Guy's blog Curious Creature (did the name change?), which is awash in digital imaging, from Java to Mac OS X to post-it notes, from one of the most recognized names in Java GUI's. Not for nothing is he a JavaOne "rock star". Today, he's blogging about achieving visual effects in Fast Image Processing with JOGL. "Chet and I...
What's the right response to Ruby? Sorry about the lack of an editor's blog yesterday -- we've had some problems with the blogging engine that were not resolved in time for yesterday's editor's blog to get posted. Because of this, yesterday's front page didn't get archived, so today's blog will highlight everything on yesteday's page as well as today's. In a short but thoughtful discussion...
Aspiration and inspiration for projects So, on Friday, I was pining for time over the weekend to work on a project of mine. But instead, I ended up blowing off editing for a few hours in the afternoon and banging out some code. It went pretty well. What I'm working on is putting a Java wrapper around the Mac OS X QTKit framework, for reasons I'll make clear in a later personal blog (the...