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Blog Archive for editor during December 2007

Wrapping up for the holidays With the 2007 holidays here, it's time to put the front page to sleep for a week while most of us are away for the holidays. Don't worry: projects, forums, wikis, source-control, weblogs and the rest of the infrastructure will stay up and running. But with O'Reilly off for a week and Sun gone for two, we're going to post a single updated front page today and...
What was 2007's biggest story? We're closing in on the end of another year -- we'll publish the last front page of the year on Monday, then take a week off for the holidays -- so today's the day for the last new poll of the year. And as it's been a pretty eventful year for the Java community, it seemed a good time to take a look back and say "what happened?" Some of this year's major...
Apple's JDK 6 returns to the stage... what's up with that? Apple has finally released an updated developer preview of Java SE 6 for Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard, making it available to all Apple Developer Connection members. A few notes on the release are available on Apple's Java page: The Java SE 6 release for Leopard is targeted at Java developers. This version of Java for Mac OS X requires...
Is it about closures, or about any further language changes? It sounds like some of the biggest news to come out of last week's JavaPolis was a frank discussion of the competing closure proposals for Java 7. Java Champion Michael Hutterman described the event in his recent blog, Back from JavaPolis 2007... Originally planned as a "Effective Java Reloaded" session (Josh is working on the...
The last few bits from JavaPolis JavaPolis is done for another year, and attendees are again blogging about how great it was. Consider Fabrizio Giudici's warning that JavaPolis' coolness has exceeded its facility's capacity: Guys, JavaPolis is better and better each year. Remember: this year it was sold out and you can bet it will be next year: Stephan told us clearly that changing the...
What's the next format to open up to Java? Following yesterday's announcement of the PDF Renderer project, a natural question occurred to me: what other formats do you want to use in your Java applications? I adapted this for today's poll question, with some concern about how the question might be nitpicked. What, after all, does it mean to "work with" a file format? The PDF renderer, for...
Java2D picks up another trick: PDF support Well, we've been teasing Josh Marinacci's big surprise all week, and now it's out, by way of an announcement at JavaPolis: the SwingLabs PDF Renderer. The project is an open-source, all-Java library that renders PDF data to Java2D, meaning it can be used in Swing or any other Java code that works with Java2D grpahics (like, say, mapping a PDF to a...
Java2D gets a scene graph So, why are we making a big deal about scene graphs today, with both a Java Today and a Weblogs item? Well -- bias alert -- I just think they're really handy. With all the complaints about Swing's complexity (wasn't it just last week that we had a forum question about repaint() versus revalidate()?), it's nice to move further up the stack and give the application...
JXTA-powered clustering for GlassFish Is JXTA the secret sauce in some of the coolest Java stuff? We keep up with developments from the JXTA community and its various projects, but it's deceptively easy to focus just on the library and not on what people are doing with it. To wit, two of the projects on the page today are JXTA-powered, but don't make a big point of it -- they're content to...