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Blog Archive for editor during September 2008

Java and the Linux desktop A couple of our bloggers today make a note of investing more significantly in Linux for their day to day work. This is kind of interesting, given that the whole "Linux on the desktop will take off real soon now" claim has pretty much become a punchline (heck, I used it back in January). But maybe from a Java POV, it's a valid claim? After all, Linux is one of the...
New thoughts on last week's topics OK, kind of weird to see two of my editor's blogs from last week cited in new blogs over the weekend, but it's a good thing... the idea is to get the ball rolling on topics of community interest and discussion. Let's start with John Reynolds, who writes about knowing Just Enough to Not Be Dangerous My blog entry on User Manual Driven Development prompted...
Should we take SCM advocacy with a grain of salt? During my move, I realized I wouldn't be able to host my personal web pages on my own server for a couple months until I got settled in and the DSL set up, so I needed to move to a hosting provider. While the hosting was easy for static pages and WordPress, one thing I never resolved was source control. I figured it would be easy enough to...
New annotations to make your code more toolable One funny thing about annotations is that after they were added to Java SE 5, they were just sort of left there to be used as third parties saw fit, without a lot of significant use within Java itself. You could mark that a method was an @Override, to get the compiler to check that your class hierarchy was really set up like you thought, and @...
Wait, now Java does too much? The forum section of the front page gets four items today: one more than usual, but two less than I had been considering. There are a bunch of really good discussions going on. Well, there's also a new spam trick -- spammer posts a "hey, does anyone have bulk e-mailing software" message from one account, and then the SEO-targeted link-tacular followup from...
NetBeans World Tour and Sun Tech Days hit the road In all the hype about JavaOne, it's easy to overlook that the annual San Francisco-based conference is not easy or practical for many Java developers to attend. That's why Sun Tech Days are such an interesting counterpart. Whereas JavaOne has a hefty registration fee and requires attendees to come to it, Sun Tech Days have been largely free...
Should you have to understand the application you're writing? Extreme Programming has a concept of user stories, which express the customers' needs for the application you're writing. In XP, they're used only for estimating development times, yet have a very different feel than traditional requirements documents. It's very different to program to someone's narrative of how a system should...
Wrapping up another year of mini-talks JavaOne was back in May, and as we have for the past few years, we recorded all our Community Corner mini-talks on a digital recorder, feeding them out twice a week as the JavaOne Community Corner Podcast. We've now reached the end of this year's talks with j1-2k8-mtH10: Using Kepler's Orrery for teaching Planetary Science by Mae Linh Blake. Kepler's...
Remember November and the M3DDs? Think January, actually. On Monday, we talked up the Mobile, Media & Embedded Developer Days, the second iteration of the Mobile & Embedded Community's highly-focused conference for ME developers. At that point, we wanted to get the news out because the CFP and registration dates were coming up quickly. Maybe too quickly, as the decision has been...
Kirill Grouchnikov has announced a Release candidate for Substance 5.0 on his Pushing Pixels site. Hosted on the Java.net Projects site, Substance Java Look & Feel is a library that provides configurable and customizable look and feel for Swing applications. In its recent development, Substance "has undergone significant internal and external changes to address major performance issues and...