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Blog Archive for editor during January 2008

Waiting for a new laptop So I'm sitting here and watching the FedEx shipment tracking page, awaiting a new laptop. The 12" PowerBook that I had with me just last week at Mobile & Embedded Developer Days has died an undignified death. No tears from me: it was due to be replaced this year anyways, suffering from hideously bad wifi reception (I am never buying another metal-encased laptop...
Will grant programs for NetBeans and GlassFish add up? Today's big story has its beginnings back at JavaOne 2007, with Rich Green's stated opinion that open-source has become Robin Hood in reverse: steal from the poor and give to the rich. Sun vowed to do something about it, and in December, Simon Phipps started laying out the details of a grants program for open source projects in his...
Fishing for Blu-Ray news Last week, one of the lightning talks at the Mobile & Embedded Developer Days was a 10-minute demo of Blu-Ray Disc, some titles for which are powered by Blu-Ray Disc Java (BD-J), a Java ME platform for rich interactivity. The presenter showed off Blu-Ray's highly attractive menus for the movie War, along with a simple pinball game included with the Blu-Ray Disc...
A number of JSF-related items After focusing so much of the front page's attention last week to mobile and embedded issues, apropos of the Mobile & Embedded Developer Days, it only seems fair to start the new week by turning our attention back to the server side. Today, we've got a couple of items of particular interest to the JSF developer. Is it a good time to be a JSF developer?...
How does the ME community defeat fragmentation? 800 to 1,000 phones, all of which may run your app differently. And to get on at least half of them, you'll have to jump through manufacturer- or carrier-specific legal, licensing, and marketing hoops. This was the key topic at the end of the day Thursday, as the Mobile & Embedded Developer Days conference wrapped up with a "fish bowl"...
How do we reconcile small ME developers and big mobile carriers? Day one of the Mobile & Embedded Developer Days conference has come and gone in a flurry of presentations, poster talks, conversations and tacos, the latter being from a well-attended offsite social event that concluded the long day. The nature of the conference has been an interesting mix: it's still mostly based on eyes-...
Mobile & Embedded Developer Days begins I'm blogging from the auditorium on Sun's Santa Clara campus, where the Mobile & Embedded Developer Days is just getting started with a "Welcome, Update, and Roadmap" session from Roger Brinkley and Terrence Barr. I could try to give you a sense of it, but since I'm tired from getting in at 2AM (how the heck does SFO "sell out" of rental cars...
If you want innovation, open things up Here's a bit of compare and contrast for you, using today's front page. Start in the Java Today section, where we find that IcedTea contributor Gary Benson has been blogging about his efforts to develop a Hotspot implementation for Linux that requires no assembler code, potentially making it infinitely portable: "Lately I've been experimenting with the...
Even more stuff added to this week's M&E Developer Days So, here I am coding over the weekend, thinking at some point I need to move everything over to the laptop for Tuesday night's trip to M&E Developer Days, when who should IM me but conference co-organizer and M&E community lead Roger Brinkley. So, OK, I figure, we've had something about the conference (either a blog or a...
Seems like Java programmers use a lot more than just Java Apropos of the discussion of whether to "freeze" the Java language, there's a side discussion of whether the best place for new and potentially nichey advancements is not in Java at all, but in other languages running on the JVM. Advocates of this position argue that if you really need closures, and the Java language isn't amenable,...