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Blog Archive for editor during July 2008

JavaFX SDK is ready for its close-up The JavaFX SDK is available for download from JavaFX.com. Download options include NetBeans 6.1 with JavaFX for developers, and Project Nile, a suite of tools and plugins for Adobe Photoshop CS3 and Adobe Illustrator CS3 for designers. An overview of the technology is also available from updated pages at http://java.sun.com/javafx/ and the OpenJFX...
Whatever happened to Glossitope? Anyone remember a year or two ago when we were talking about Josh Marinacci and Robert Cooper's "Glossitope", a Java-based widget engine that aspired to be a cross-platform Dashboard / Yahoo Widgets? Don't go looking too hard for it... the domain lapsed as the guys got busy with other things, and the project was particularly harmed by the long absence of a...
Talking about OpenJDK and 6u10 Sometimes, it's a little hard to keep the JDKs straight. There's OpenJDK, which is working on Java 7 along with the back-port, OpenJDK 6.. and then there's Java SE 6 Update 10... and they're not the same thing, at least not yet. So one's got great user-facing features and the other's available under the GPL, and you need to decide which is more appropriate...
Anticipating one of Java 7's major features I can't remember how many JavaOnes ago it was when the SE roadmap addressed the idea of Java modules, saying that the legacy system of JARs and manifests had been stretched farther than it was meant to go, and that a new system was needed to express dependencies and the versioning of those dependencies. There are a number of separate efforts that...
28 minutes with James Gosling We did a pretty good job of keeping our secret for Wednesday afternoon at JavaOne... the last mini-talk of the day was listed as just a Q&A with a "special Sun VIP". So when Java creator James Gosling showed up at 4 PM, there was a crowd of people who recognized him on the pavilion floor, but a vastly smaller crowd than, say, his Friday morning keynote. And...
Life viewed without purple-and-gray-tinted glasses John O'Conner has posted a rather remarkable report in his blog, one which probably reflects the worldview of a lot of people outside of Sun, but may well be surprising to those within the company's various campuses. In Discovering Java outside of Sun, he writes: After leaving the protective cocoon of Sun Microsystems, I have discovered a...
The merits of small conferences The latest Java Posse podcast episode recaptures what was probably my favorite session from March's "Java Posse Roundup", a small session about small conferences. Java Posse #197 - Roundup 08 - User Organized Conferences began with just three of us: me, Dianne Marsh (a co-organizer of CodeMash), Stephan Janssen (founder of Javoxx, né JavaPolis), though...
Lots of Insane Stupid Parentheses Do they still teach LISP in college? I always appreciated how profoundly different a mindset you needed to have to use LISP effectively. It's all about structure and recursion, traits that have always stood in stark opposition to the straight-ahead program flow of C and the various curly-brace languages it spawned. But there are some problems for which...
Searching the java.net mailing lists So for the past couple of weeks, we've been talking with Jason Hunter of MarkLogic, which offers a service called MarkMail to provide indexing and searching mailing lists. As java.net Community Manager Marla Parker relates in her blog MarkMail for java.net: This year at JavaOne, Clark Richey met me in the java.net Community Corner to tell me about...