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Blog Archive for editor during July 2008

Can we have a competent filesystem API in Java 7? Take a look at Bug 4032604: Copy method in class java.io.File, filed in February, 1997. It's pretty self-explanatory: provide a one-line method call to copy files. Now look at the typically smug and dismissive evaluation: it's easy enough to do yourself (that's right, Sun wants everyone writing the same boiler-plate file copy implementation...
Seriously, Linux community, what does it take? Surely, many of you saw the Slashdot item last week, Does an Open Java Really Matter, which closed with the parting shot: Since Java itself never mattered except to sell books, I still don't see why opening it matters. That's cheap and trite -- even for Slashdot -- and a lot of you let them know it (I did, too). But let's set aside the...
Has Google backed the wrong horse in the RIA race? You'll recall that last week in this space, we discussed the browser-versus-VM competition, spurred by an update from Artima, Rich Internet Applications: VM Runtimes or Browser Standards? It asked the question of whether RIAs can continue to build on the JavaScript/CSS/DOM/Ajax stack, if that'll hold up and not become hopelessly...