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Blog Archive for editor during July 2007

Packing or blogging, what to do? OK, I'll level with you: I have to get up early tomorrow to catch a plane, it's 10 PM now, and I haven't even started packing. Can you say "short blog day"? Excuse the expediency, but hopefully today's front page will speak for itself, 'cause I got nothing.
How retro is your Java app? Remember Java 5? Or are you looking forward to it? It's striking how much Java developers differ in how quickly or slowly they start using new versions of the language and its core libraries. While some people are bitterly complaining about Java 6's non-availability on the Mac, other major projects are targeting Java 5, the previous major version of the Java...
Slightly delayed by podcast production I'll be visiting family in Michigan for the next few weeks, so I spent this morning producing podcasts for today and for the next week and a half, so they'll be ready to go while I'm roving with the laptop. The production work isn't too difficult, but the steps required to load it onto the new download server and to prepare article records in our...
Some off-topic tools to speed up your webapp and clean up your code A couple of interesting tools have been mentioned on some of our internal lists recently... they didn't really suit the Java Today section as front-page items, but they might be of use to many Java developers. The first, mentioned by Mike [bondolo] Duigou on the Community Leaders list, is YSlow, a performance tool that...
Value of your supposedly reusable code: $0?! We know that code reuse is important. Everyone's sick of writing the same things multiple times, wasting effort when surely there's some similar code that you wrote six months ago that could surely be refactored to serve both its old purpose and the new thing you're writing. Or... not. What if code reuse isn't all it's assumed to be? Maybe...
Filthy Rich Clients now available on Safari We've kept a close watch on Filthy Rich Clients, the GUI book that java.net bloggers Chet Haase and Romain Guy have been working on for the last year or so. Along with the authors' prominence on the site, it's also high on our radar for being the first book to cover some of the cutting-edge projects in the Java Desktop community, such as the...
You might have noticed my use of a new term, user-facing, in some of my editor's blogs. Since Josh made a big deal of distinguishing between client software and desktop software in his recent blog about upcoming Java GUI awesomeness, I thought I'd take a minute to discuss why I'm in search of a new term. First, Josh is right: "desktop" is a wholly inadequate term for a lot of the things we...
Java to kill Flash, or Ajax to kill both, by next year? Joshua Marinacci is sounding very re-energized about client Java, as he describes in his blog Java FX updated, and a visit to the future of client Java: I've spent the last week in the bay area at secret clandestine meetings secretly planning the amazing top secret future of client Java and Java FX! Okay, that makes an endless week of...
Great stuff in the forums and blogs today For personal reasons, I needed to put together Friday morning's page late Thursday night, as I'll be AFK for much of Friday for personal reasons. I was worried that with barely half a day passed since the last time I browsed the feeds, that it would be harder to find great new stuff for the front page. Much to my surprise, it's been a remarkably...
Of feature articles, Swing, and the rest of Java What interests you about Java? Are there a lot of API's you're fairly familiar with, or a few libraries where you have deep, intense knowledge? How about what you're interested in learning? Do you want to know more about the kinds of things you're already doing, or would you like to read about something completely new? If you're hacking...