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Blog Archive for editor during September 2008

The case against checkPermission() A few years back, Denis Pilipchuk wrote a four-part series on Java versus .NET Security from a number of angles, including code containment, crypto, code protection, authorization and authentication, and more. The series was later assembled into a "Short Cut" PDF. Editing these articles, I have to say I was a little overwhelmed by the depth with which he...
The editor's desk moves north So, I've been moving for the last month (you might remember my departure from Atlanta a few weeks back), holed up for September in an apartment while waiting for the house to finish and somehow arranging a home loan despite not being able to sell the old house... all of which has hopefully been more or less invisible to the average java.net reader, except perhaps...
Spiffing up your LWUIT application Last month, author Biswajit Sarkar offered An Introduction to the Lightweight User Interface Toolkit, offering a bird's eye view of the major concepts of LWUIT, its goals, design, and features. Of course, a high-level overview can only do so much, so given the interest in LWUIT, we decided to start digging further into the toolkit with a followup article....
Brian Goetz says your webapp may be broken Concurrency expert Brian Goetz has a serious warning to webapp developers: put mutable objects in your HttpSession and you're probably a concurrency accident waiting to happen. That's the problem lurking behind his recent article, provocatively entitled, Are all stateful Web applications broken? While thread-safety is a term we typically use to...
Students (and indie developers) vie for Darkstar dominance It's been a little while since we've heard a lot from Project Darkstar, the Java-based MMO gaming back-end engine, but it looks like they're back in a pretty big way, with Sun sponsoring a contest for projects by students and independent developers that use Project Darkstar. And the prizes are pretty sweet. The Project Darkstar...
Mac and Solaris ME development getting more practical? It's long been a thorn in the side of some ME developers that the Wireless Toolkit (WTK) originally shipped with Windows-only native bits, only adding Linux over the last few years. Other operating systems -- most obviously Mac, but also Solaris, BSD, Linux for non-x86 architectures, etc. -- were left on the outside looking in. A lot of...
The performance arms race over in JavaScript-land JavaScript takes a lot of abuse for being a hacky, standardization-resistant language that we all have to live with because it's built into all the browsers, making it the lynchpin of Ajax. Not that it doesn't have its defenders; it has closures and duck typing and lots of the other frequently-touted advantages of more prominent agile...
Will JSR 310 finally bring sense to Java dates and times? Time-keeping is one of those problem domains that's nice and easy until it isn't. I think I got my first taste of this when I was working the overnight shift at CNN during a change from daylight savings time to standard time. Because you set your clocks back at 2AM, we had two 2AM shows that night: one for 2AM Eastern Daylight Time,...
JXTA Community asked to set the roadmap The JXTA Community is being asked to help set the agenda and time table for the next version of JXTA for Java SE (JXSE). In the forum post JXTA Community - we need your help and feedback for next JXSE releases, Fabrice Di Meglio writes: You should probably be aware that Sun is looking for increasing the JXTA Community participation since the last Board...