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Blog Archive for editor during May 2008

Banishing the applet warning The lowly Java applet is seemingly poised to make a comeback, thanks to the radically overhauled plug-in in Java SE 6 Update 10 and its many improvements (quick start, doesn't crash the browser, applets tear off and become Web Start apps, etc.), along with the growing interest in Rich Internet Applications. For some, that means it's 1996 all over again, as we go...
Java kills the cable box? One of the early "stories" used to promote Java was about how its run-anywhere nature would be great for all manner of devices, not just desktop computers, servers, or (a little later) phones. We're seeing evidence of this promise coming true in the set-top box realm, with the Blu-Ray Disc Java standard, and various interactive TV standards such as Multimedia Home...
Keeping GUIs and their data models in sync with bindings We return to the idea of beans binding again today, something we looked at not too long ago, but this time, author Thomas Künneth is taking more of a big-picture view. In our Feature Article, Binding Beans, Thomas takes a look at two frameworks for binding beans: JGoodies binding, which has been around for a few years, and JSR...
DaVinci calls for a JVM language summit This might be too interesting a story to risk burying on a U.S. holiday, but it's a rather remarkable development. Start with the Da Vinci Machine Project, which is extending the JVM with architectural support for efficient execution of non-Java languages. The project is taking a holistic approach, looking at general concerns of language implementors...
The increasing prominence of OSGi Let me admit something: I don't get OSGi. I'm not saying I don't like it, I just don't really understand what it is or why it matters so much. The Wikipedia article isn't much help either, so over the past few months, I've been quietly nodding my head in seeming agreement as OSGi-related posts show up with increasing frequency among our weblogs. Back in...
Is the Java Plug-In really "annoying"? A few days ago, ZDNet.co.uk posted an article on applications that tick them off. Annoying software: a rogues' gallery features applications that put themselves in the user's face and run roughshod over their needs. Think Real Player, or the bundled junk-ware that bloats the desktop of a brand-new PC. Or iTunes trying to trick you into switching to...
Bots for beginners Having been in attendance for most of this year's Community Corner mini-talks, one thing that impressed me was how the robots on the other side of the booth were accurately simulated in the Greenfoot programming environment, as displayed in several mini-talks. Credit for this goes to the trackbot-greenfoot project, which allows you to try out the very simple trackbot API...
JavaFX or Swing or something else? Yes. Considering the user-facing focus of JavaOne 2008... JavaFX demos, Neil Young's archives on Blu-Ray, On2 video codec, phone stuff, etc... one might expect the desktop developers to be delighted to be back in the spotlight. But in fact, there's a distinct grumbling in several quarters, and it gets back to an interesting question: If JavaFX is meant...
Pushing ahead towards Java 7 and improved client-side Java It's as if there are three tracks of innovation and improvement for Java SE right now. On one hand, you've got a number of improvements, those that don't require API changes, going on in Java SE 6 Update 10, such as deployment improvements, Java kernel, an auto-updater, a new look-and-feel, etc. Then you've got the ongoing effort...