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Blog Archive for editor during March 2008

Extending mini-talks into the evening On Friday, I reported that the mini-talks sign-ups for the java.net Community Corner at JavaOne 2008 had already filled up, and that we were going to do something to free up some more spots. What we've decided to do is to keep the podcast recorders and the presentation monitor powered up Tuesday night, allowing the mini-talks to continue through the "...
Remarkable turnout for the mini-talk sign-up Well, this is a first. In previous years, we signed up some, but not all, of the JavaOne java.net Community Corner mini-talks before the show, leaving a few spots open for late topic additions, or even drop-in speakers who missed the earlier calls for sign-ups but could put together a suitable talk during the conference. This year, however,...
Getting smarter about consumer/desktop Java The old joke goes, "how can we miss you if you won't go away?" Popular java.net blogger and author Chet Haase has gone off to Adobe to work on Flex, but his involvement in and contributions to desktop Java remain in full view. He attended the Java Posse Roundup earlier this month, providing a well-informed perspective to discussions of Java...
Continually making it better There's a theme of improvement runnign through today's blogs, with developers looking to improve their own code, or Java itself, though better, more thoughtful design. Let's start with Evan Summers' First Class Java: Call of Duty 4 So i had this vague idea some weeks ago for some blog articles to keep myself amused if no one else. The idea is... to dream of...
Community Corner mini-talk sign-ups filling up Last week, we put the java.net Community Corner at JavaOne on the front page as the Spotlight item, and in a short time, the mini-talks schedule has nearly filled up. Is it the front page visibility, or the fact that the JavaPosse mentioned it in their latest episode. At any rate, the practical upshot is that there aren't all that many spots...
It's not too early to start planning for JavaOne Can it really be true that JavaOne is just a little over six weeks away? Everyone who's putting together big demos for the show is probably heading into crunch time at this point, and everyone else needs to buy plane tickets before they become completely unaffordable. If you're coming, you should plan to arrive in time for Monday's free...
The joy of not writing GUI glue code I was on a death march project years ago, where the CEO had spelled out what he wanted in our project's GUI, and it was the typical "CEO GUI": seven tabs, each of which revealed a layout with three or four split panes, each jam-packed with as many buttons, tables, and fields as would fit. Sort of like Eric Burke's latest cartoon, but much, much bigger....
NetBeans and the tiny EEE PC... who knew? Keep an eye out at JavaOne this year: the head-turning status symbol might not be the ubiquitous Apple laptops, but the ASUS EEE PC. Dick Wall had one of these at the Java Posse Roundup and everyone wanted to have a look. What's so striking about it is how small it is: it sports a 7" (178 mm) screen, and uses solid-state storage for additional size...
How to use the Consumer JRE's translucent and shaped windows A few weeks ago, I blogged in this space about translucent and shaped windows, following on Kirill Grouchnikov's initial blog about the feature in JDK 6 Update N (or 10, or whatever it's called now). One thing that's worth noting is that while we keep using the term "translucent and shaped" windows, they're really an application...