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Blog Archive for editor during February 2008

Defining Java EE 6's Web Profile Back on Monday, we featured Roberto
AWT and Swing windows get opacity options other than 1.0 and 0.0 Befitting the title, Josh Marinacci had a very hacky approach to providing transparent/shaped windows in our book Swing Hacks. Basically, what he did was to use the AWT Robot class to snap a picture of the screen right before showing the window, calculate the portion of the screen overlaid by the soon-to-appear window, and...
Starting our JavaOne 2008 preparations, with Sarah's pictures from previous years On the infrastructure and community leads calls, we've started putting together our plans for JavaOne 2008. If you're familiar with our J1 presence in previous years, you know more or less what to expect, so here are some deltas: the booth number is 101, it's all the way to one side of the pavilion floor this...
The work-in-progress version of FCM closures Forking was one of the inevitable consequences used as an argument against open sourcing Java, yet it's proving to be an invaluable aid in prototyping features for the next version of the language. You may already know about the Kitchen Sink Language project, an experimental javac branch where new ideas can be tried out. Nothing there is meant...
Of job changes and hypothetical injuries One of the traits of the online era is that becoming a public figure is something that happens almost by accident. Indeed, it's been said that today's young people more or less expect to have an audience, from their blogs, MySpace and Facebook pages, podcasts, etc. And of course, the standards for how you treat public figures is generally understood...
Do you have more comments than code? Should you? There was a time when I would code by writing method signatures and writing an exhaustive javadoc comment for the method, before committing a line of actual code. It seemed like the "proper" way to do things, and sometimes it really felt like it was, particularly when I was basically doing my design in the form of comments, changing the...
Prominent developers ponder Java's future In general, I'm not a big fan of panels at conferences. I think they're frequently self-indulgent and self-congratulatory. In voting for OSCON '08 sessions, I voted against one with the following comment: Sounds a little bit like a "hold hands, sing kumbaya" type panel. Do participants have more to say than "hi, I'm from <country-name>, and...
More developers want to try out Blu-Ray Disc Java One of the big deals of last year's JavaOne was an entire day dedicated to the use of Java in interactive television applications. The ME-based Multimedia Home Platform (MHP) is popular for ITV applications in Europe, and the CableLabs industry group recently launched the OpenCable project on java.net to define a Java-based middleware layer...
The GlassFish Day before GlassFish Day, and other conference news In many ways, CommunityOne was an outgrowth of special pre-JavaOne developer events: first NetBeans Day, then GlassFish Day and OpenSolaris Day and so on. After a point, it made sense for these events to co-locate and mingle a little bit. On the other hand, what about the day before that, meaning the Sunday preceding...