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Blog Archive for editor during May 2008

How would you like your 6u10 beta updates served up? We got a request for this week's poll, which is something we're pretty hesitant about because the poll was never meant to be a particularly valid scientific survey, and functions more as a jumping off point for conversations. Last week's, about JavaOne reactions, spawned a heated debate about the merits of JavaFX and the future of Desktop...
Dragging applets out of the browser window Surely one of the most memorable moments of JavaOne 2008 was seeing that with the new Java plug-in, an applet can be dragged out of a web page to exist as its own independent window, optionally becoming a desktop application. Swampcast's Michael Levin wrote, "this reminds me of widgets and gadgets. It's yet another move in a web-centric direction...
A schedule for the mini-talk podcasts Last year, we took a pick-and-choose approach to the mini-talk podcasts, pairing up related talks that were given at different times, and putting out some of the ones we really liked first, to capitalize on the post-JavaOne buzz. This seemed like a good idea, but did have two drawbacks. First, we left in the "coming up next" announcement as presented...
What was your favorite thing from JavaOne 2008? By this point, more or less everyone should be home from JavaOne 2008, and with the conference buzz... or the buzz from late night gatherings at the Thirsty Bear... worn off, it's worth asking what stands out, what sticks, what is it that you're going to take away from this conference? This is the second year that the keynotes were dominated...
Parlez-vous Java? Java o hanashimasu ka? One thing I've noticed this week at JavaOne is the profound international presence. It's all over San Francisco anyways: the ever-cosmopolitan city is even more attractive when the dollar is so low against other currencies. At my hotel near Japantown, the breakfast conversations are a polyphony of languages, as is the chatter in the shopping district...
A massively parallel brain-dump In the middle of the JavaOne conference, the unifying elements like Tuesday's general sessions give way to the specifics of the many technical sessions, BoFs, and pavilion-floor presentations. We may be one big happy family of Java developers in the first keynote, but by this point, attendees have gone their many separate ways: REST, Blu-Ray, JavaFX, JRuby, etc...
JavaFX is ready for its closeup A year after its auspicious announcement at last year's JavaOne, JavaFX was due for a major debut and update at this year's show, and it was a major focus of Tuesday's general session, playing a starring role in the "Java+You" theme of providing services to end users through RIAs. That's what the world saw, now let's go behind the scenes. For this year's...
Chatting up colleagues Much as I'd love to tell you about all the great sessions I went to at CommunityOne yesterday, I can't because I didn't: I spent much of the day working on the java.net booth, trying to deal with a series of problems with the sound system and the Micro Track recorder that we use to record the mini-talks for distribution as the Community Corner podcasts. So, I'll have to...
Which JavaOne are you tracking, the one that starts tomorrow or the one that started two days ago? The show keeps growing every year, as more events are pushed into the days before the official Tuesday start. First it was NetBeans Day and GlassFish Day, which led to today's CommunityOne, now in its second year. But of course, that can't accommodate everything that everyone in the community...