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Blog Archive for editor during July 2008

If the Java language isn't the point, then what is? As much as we've focused lately about other languages on the JVM -- wasn't it just yesterday that we pointed out NetBeans taking the InfoWorld prize for best Ruby on Rails IDE, to say nothing of Groovy, Jython, Scala, and all -- there are signs of a backlash to the seeming deemphasis on the Java language. Joe Winchester presents this case...
No, seriously, what is a Rich Internet Application? A series of blogs from the last few weeks (1, 2, and 3) led the Java Posse into a lengthy discussion of Rich Internet Applications in their latest episode, a discussion which hit a massive roadblock halfway through on the question of whether iTunes and Google Earth are RIAs. The original discussion (and the earlier editor's blogs) was mostly...
OpenJDK sets the stage for growth It's been a long time coming, but OpenJDK may finally be passing muster with the toughest critics from the open-source community. To wit: it now has a debian.org package. Dalibor Topic marks this important occasion in his blog, QotD: Debian Overview of openjdk-6 source package, which he begins by quoting the first log comment: [2008-07-12] Accepted...
Organizing your development teams An interesting question once you have more than a few developers on your project is how to arrange them. Yes, you want to pair people to their talents, but how are you going to get them to work with each other? Are the server guys going to play keep-away from the client team? Are the database developers one-trick ponies, or can you get them to help out on...
More Java stuff in your home than you might think OK, simple java.net Poll Question to end the week, right? "How many Java devices do you have?" Many of you look down at your phone and run a little mental routine like   if (! (phone instanceof iPhone))      javaDeviceCount++; But there's more to it than that. How many computers do you have? Well, they're...
Putting your app in the CD tray Java deployment, particularly on the SE side, has gotten a lot of attention in the last year, in hopes of cleaning up one of the platform's most long-standing frustrations. Java SE 6 Update 10 cleans up a lot of old problems with applets and even lets you turn them into desktop apps by dragging them out of the browser. Still, there are other scenarios...
A milestone for Java 6 Update 10 Downloads Question for you: how many times do you suppose Java 6 Update 10 has been downloaded? Think about it: it's a work-in-progress, so it's presumably still appropriate only for developers. And its focus is on desktop functionality -- a new browser plug-in, the Java Kernel, startup time improvements -- so it might not be that big a deal for the server-...
A wish list for browser evolution Continuing on a long-running thread, two weeks ago, we talked about the browser stack versus RIA competition, and spent some time last week on the case against the browser stack. Today, let's look at the other side. If an RIA has a scene graph or other visual object model, a scripting language, network conectivity, and some means of handling UI events and...
A brief holiday blog It's the Independence Day holiday here in the U.S., so today's blog is going to be kind of short... I want to get the kids in the car and off to the Lake Winnie amusement park -- and for those of you who follow the link, is that not the most unusable website you've seen since the mid 90s? -- before the crowds get too big. After all, now that our son is big enough to go...