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Blog Archive for editor during October 2008

In Java Today, Alex Miller notes a post to the JSR 277 EG observer mailling list that Stanley Ho is stepping down as the spec lead of the Java Module System JSR, an announcement that coincides with Stanley's move from Sun to RIM. Alex Buckley will be taking over as the spec lead, and Stanley's announcement says the two have been working together to ensure a smooth transition. Ayman...
Thursday events we almost missed Sometimes, you don't know about cool events until they're almost here. Our Events List does a good job of tracking conferences and JUG events a few months out (event organizers, please keep submitting events to be part of the listings), but sometimes the quickly-arranged online events sneak up on me fast. To wit, I want to get out this blog quickly, as some...
A new day for ME development tools The old Wireless Toolkit (WTK) has long been the bread-and-butter development tool for a lot of Java ME developers, but that doesn't mean it doesn't have its problems. Five years ago, before I was even working on java.net, I blogged my disgust that WTK had so much native code that it was impractical to port to platforms other than Windows, a cruel irony for...
A fresh look at the long-lived Servlet API So, how many of us write raw servlets? There's a massive number of Java developers working at a higher level, isolated from the servlet by presentation frameworks like JSP, JSF, and business logic frameworks like Struts and Spring. But outside of those writing the frameworks, are there still people actually getting the output stream from the...
Freeing OpenJDK on OpenSolaris Is it enough that OpenJDK is open-source? What about being able to build that source with FOSS tools? That's presumably necessary if you want a fully FOSS stack: your users aren't going to feel very "free" if they have to use non-free (or even paid) tools to build core components of the system, like Java. Surely I'm not the only person to balk at open source...
Overhauling OpenJDK's FontManager It's safe to say that you don't want to see comments like this, but probably do, all the time: /* This is implemented only on windows and is called from code that* executes only on windows. This isn't pretty but its not a precedent* in this file. This very probably should be cleaned up at some point.*/ That's actually from OpenJDK's FontManager, and in...
Achievable dreams for Java Rhetorical trick alert! Java SE / OpenJDK Principal Engineer Mark Reinhold has posted a blog asking Wouldn't It Be Cool?, with a list of Java dreams. The first two are: You could write a Java application that could run, without change, on cell phones, on TV set-top boxes, and on laptop and desktop computers? A Java applet could start up just as quickly as a...
JCP elections begin: will your voice be heard? This year's JCP Executive Committee Elections are now underway, with balloting open for JCP members at the PricewaterhouseCoopers JCP election site. I'm not sure if most people in the java.net community follow how the JCP and its Executive Committees work, which I think is a shame. If you're complaining about something being included in or...
Surprising hazards for Swing and BD-J I should be in an excellent mood, as the DSL at my home office has finally been set up and I'm enjoying 3 Mbps of connectivity -- for those keeping score, yesterday's tally of clue points is one for DSL Extreme, zero for AT&T -- which means I'm not researching and posting the front page and writing the blog from the free wifi zone of Panera Bread over...
Hinting what you're working on is only natural You can hardly help but give away the nature of what you're working on when you're blogging. Whatever interests you will surely be what you blog about, so even if you're not talking about your project, per se, it's hard not to talk in general about the project domain, your ideas and beliefs, etc. Thing is, most of your readers probably won't...