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Blog Archive for editor during April 2008

Getting Java ME running on the iPhone Some people use the weekend for lounging around the house, watching sports on TV, or at most, doing chores like mowing the lawn. Others are a little more productive. Hinkmond Wong reports that one of his colleagues spent the weekend on an important little project: getting Java ME running on the iPhone. To show it off, Hinkmond has posted a blog...
Announcements in the forums Once again, it's one of those mornings where I can't get the number of interesting forum posts down to three for the front page, so I just went ahead and posted four. Part of is is that two projects posted announcements of new versions to the forums, which is a great way to get the word out about your project to a subset of the java.net community that's...
When the DSL provider's lights go out I was traveling last week, and when you get home from a long trip, there's always that sensation of "OK, how badly did the house degrade in my absence?" You know the deal: weeds popping up on the front lawn, four spots of cat barf in the basement, milk in the fridge that's gone bad (wish we'd remembered to throw it out before leaving), and a bunch of...
One heck of a deal for college students Wow, you don't often see serious giftage like the announcement that Sun sent me yesterday. T-shirts? Books? DVDs? Lovely tote bags? Meh. If you're a college student, how does a free, all-you-can-eat pass to pretty much all of JavaOne sound? Yeah, I was pretty surprised too. But it's the real deal. The JavaOne 2008 Student Program, hosted by...
New thinking for educational challenges Back in Monday's editor's blog, I pointed over to Cay's blog about the College Board dropping the Advanced Placement Computer Science AB course and some of the trends behind it. This development has a lot of people talking (take a look at Monday's comments for some interesting thoughts), including a couple of our own bloggers. java.net intern / Sun...
Dalibor gets even more involved with OpenJDK You might recognize the name Dalibor Topic from a number of times we've mentioned his blog entries in the editor's blog or in the Java Today section. Or maybe you know him as a member of the OpenJDK Governance Board, or lead developer of the F/OSS Kaffe VM. Or maybe you heard him interviewed a few months back on Java Posse, or seen him on the...
Making Java's presence known at OSCON The O'Reilly Open Source Convention has published its list of sessions, including its Java track. I mentioned before that I was on the program committee again this year, and suggested that the committee was looking for talks other than the usual "state of / update on" kind of presentations (which could easily be whipped through in lightning talks)....
What's happening to computer science in education? In this week's first WTF moment, I looked at Slashdot last night (yeah, I know...) and was greeted with the headline College Board Kills AP Computer Science AB. For the benefit of non-US readers, Advanced Placement (AP) is a program of advanced classes in high schools, in which students who pass a rigorous standardized test can receive...
Just how obvious should Java be to the end-user? There's a pretty heated thread going on this week in the Java Plug-In forum. The discussion System Tray Madness! started off with a complaint about multiple Java system tray icons on Windows, one for each running applet. Aside from that issue, participants are debating whether it makes sense for Java to have such prominence in the system...
The consumer JRE goes beta Can desktop Java be revolutionized without adding a single API? We're about to find out. The so-called "Consumer JRE" is now in beta. Java SE 6 Update 10 is "an update release that introduces new features and enhancements aimed at providing an optimized consumer-end user experience." Announced at last year's JavaOne, JDK6u10 targets deployment as a unique and...