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Blog Archive for editor during October 2007

Want Java 7 done right? Help pick the JCP Executive Committees. This sort of the same pitch I used last year, but I think it's still valid: if you are for or against closures, properties, language-level XML support, reified generics, type literals, superpackages, or any of the other features being kicked around for Java 7 (Alex Miller has a pretty good list), then you've got a stake in the...
Time's ticking for would-be presenters So, I was already planning on putting the Mobile & Embedded Developer Days on the front page, given that tomorrow is the deadline for proposing a session for the inaugural edition of that conference. As it turns out, I'd forgotten that JavaOne had just put up their CFP, and on a tight deadline. So if you plan to speak at either conference, you...
Closures getting closer Hey, remember when the big topic was the idea of adding closures to the Java language for Java 7? A lot of people like the idea, and others aren't so sure. But the topic has gotten kind of quiet for the past few months, as the sides have seemingly agreed to disagree in the absence of further information and details on the topic. So, Neal Gafter's latest blog seems...
Is JDK 6 on the Mac OS X 10.5 install disc? Apple's Mac OS X 10.5, "Leopard", comes out today, at 6PM local time around the world. It's still Friday morning here in Atlanta, but parts of the world (Australia, New Zealand, much of Asia) should be able to buy it at this hour. And the big question that Mac-based Java developers have been asking is whether it finally provides JDK 6. In case...
Repeat after Gosling: ME is not going away! OK, back on Monday, we featured the CNet story speculating about the possibly of SE eventually becoming the platform of choice for mobile devices. It didn't help that CNet went with the provocative title Sun starts bidding adieu to mobile-specific Java? I talked about the article in Monday's editor's blog, talking about both the potential for...
The sliding, fading, floating GUI... made easy I went to an Apple developer event last year, and came away very impressed by the design of the Core Animation framework in the upcoming Mac OS X 10.5 (Leopard) OS. It uses a property-binding scheme to allow you to animate parts of your GUI as things change. I'm a fan of animation when used properly -- "to show change in context or content" is...
Java SE for the phone? Why not? It's obvious that today's hand-held and other embedded devices (set-top boxes, game consoles, etc.) are far more powerful than the desktop PCs of just a few years ago. In fact, so few years, that they fall within the timeframe of recent versions of Java. Which leads many to ask "if Java SE 1.4 or 5 could run reasonably well on those PCs, shouldn't they run...
A modern heyday for Swing developers? I remember when Swing jobs were almost impossible to come by (and I should know, I was desperately trying to find one in 2001 before Worthless Piece Of Crap Wireless Software Company Number 2 pushed the big "mass layoff" button), and they simply weren't out there. At the time, I think I petulantly grumbled something the lines of "apparently, if you're...