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Blog Archive for editor during November 2008

Languages aplenty on the JVM With the increasing interest level in running non-Java languages on the JVM -- O'Reilly just put out a whole new book on JRuby, for example -- one of this year's pivotal events in the Java world was surely the JVM Language Summit 2008. Bringing together interested parties such as language designers, VM developers, tool builders, the Da Vinci Machine gang and...
Is Java too big for its own good? Much of Java's appeal can surely be attributed to the massive number of libraries available for it. Not only is SE itself rich with functionality, but you can also add on to it in the form of EE, or the many third-party libraries, frameworks, and what have you. The question is, has SE's bundle of functionality gotten too big? If I count the "All Classes"...
Make yourself more useful Last month, I asked if the recession in much of the world economy was affecting techies, or if it is someone else's problem. Since then, we've seen a big layoff at Sun, cutbacks at Palm and Apple, and concerns that U.S. unemployment could be particularly bad if it represents structural changes to the economy. So... maybe we're in this mess with everyone else after...
Are programming contests worth your time and talent? Dan Frommer of Silicon Valley Insider has posted a snarky article, Motorola's Plan To Woo iPhone Coders: Bribery, Widgets that mocks a new developer contest: Motorola's new "Widget Developer Challenge" will award lucky winners prizes up to $25,000 -- $200,000 in total prizes -- and "global exposure." All you have to do is join Motorola's...
Animation on the go We're back to LWUIT in the latest feature article, and can you blame us? While we wait for JavaFX-compatible mobile devices, LWUIT gives ME developers an opportunity to create cutting-edge user interfaces for today's Java-capable phones. One of the most significant GUI trends this decade is the use of animation. Used appropriately, it's a useful visual cue to the user...
Begin the mass download of NetBeans 6.5 And here we go! The NetBeans team released the final version of NetBeans 6.5 at 9AM ET / 6AM PT / 1400 GMT today. So what's the big deal? They write, "simplify your development with the new NetBeans IDE 6.5. Sun's award-winning open source IDE enables Java developers to rapidly create and debug web, enterprise, desktop, and mobile applications....
Hard numbers on the Java runtime install base Since last week, we've been keeping an eye on the thread Tracking Java Versions using Google Analytics, in which Gili Tzabari (cowwoc) linked to a blog he wrote showing how Google Analytics could be used to detect whether website visitors had Java installed and, where possible, which version. "I would love to see Google integrate this as a...
JPA 2.0 shaping up Among the most welcome features of Java EE 5.0 and EJB 3.0 was the Java Persistence API, which not only offered a nice alternative to EJB's container-managed persistence, but also stood alone as a general-purpose object-relational mapping framework. In fact, it's even suitable for use in desktop applications, as Josh Marinacci demonstrated in his article, An Introduction...
A call for greater transparency Last week's most-discussed topic was surely Kirill Grouchnikov's blog Sun setting down on the core Swing, which concluded that the de-funding of SwingX and a seeming shift of client/desktop emphasis to JavaFX implied that Swing has been effectively put into maintenance-only mode. Today, Kirill follows up to say that the underlying problem may not be the actions...
Picking up discarded objects and putting them back in the toy box So, here's an amusing analogy for you, from Danny Coward, Sun's Chief Architect for Client Software: Like using the living room as the kids play area, tidying up, or garbage collection, is an integral part of life in the JVM. Except that the kids are applications and the toys on the floor the objects they create. But unlike in...