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Blog Archive for editor during April 2007

Touring the JUG's (and other points of interest) java.net's official in-person gatherings, like our booth at JavaOne and the community leaders weekend before it, tend to have a bit of a North American bias just because of the distances involved getting to the U.S. west coast. There's usually a strong Brazilian contingent (cue obligatory cheer) and an occasional European participant, but not...
So, a day after I finished my AB5k desklet, Josh goes and totally breaks it with a wildly ambitious new version of the desklet container, which "virtualizes" all the components. In other words, all the components really live off-screen in memory and blit their pixels into buffers that Josh can play with, render on a 3D surface, whatever. Among the breakage is an animated dimming effect I was...
Tuning in to these developer videos? So, do you watch the developer interview videos? I figure someone must, because they're popping up all over the place (including, among many others, SDN Channel, InfoQ [click the "interviews" tab on the right], BeJUG/JavaPolis/Parleys.com, and TheServerSide). And I'm intrested to know, is this driven by demand, or supply? Are developers particularly...
Just a few JavaOne reminders I'm getting a really late start on the blog, so I thought I would just use this space for a few reminders of JavaOne topics that aren't on the front page: Early bird registration has closed, but you can still save $100 by registering now, instead of at the show. If you're interested in presenting a mini-talk in the java.net Community Corner, you may want...
Awaiting an answer to Apache's open letter Yesterday, the Apache Foundation sent an open letter to Sun, written and signed by Harmony project VP Geir Magnusson Jr. It calls for Sun to license the Java Compatibility Kit (JCK) on terms acceptable to Apache, so that Apache can verify that Harmony, its implementation of Java SE, can pass compatibility tests and therefore call itself "Java-...
So long, Class.forName() There's ugly code, and then there's the otherworldly bizarreness that is JDBC driver loading. You don't have to explicitly load a class, per se, you just have to expose its name to the class-loader with Class.forName() and a fully-qualified driver name. So you still have the hassle of getting a classname into this call (which you should provide dynamically through...
Crunch-time, anyone? For those of you working on projects that need to launch in a JavaOne timeframe, the show begins a month from yesterday, so this is probably crunch-time. If you took some time off for a Spring break, it's probably a mixed message of "welcome back" and "get moving". And for those taking Passover off, the crunch begins or resumes on Wednesday. Today's probably going to...
Upgrade complete, please move along... OK, so, are we good? The project space was back up just about 24 hours after the upgrade began, with a note that the upgrade work was continuing. By last evening (US EDT), the notice on the project pages said "The upgrade of java.net's project area is complete. Happy java.netting!" Are we out of the woods? Are we done? You tell us. Try out your...
Run, don't walk, away from Image.getScaledInstance() The downside of Javadoc is that there are general techniques that can't be understood by just looking at all the available classes and methods. This was one of the blockers I found when trying to learn QuickTime for Java many years ago: you'll never use 95% of its method calls, and the important 5% aren't adequately documented. What might...