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Blog Archive for editor during January 2009

Aerith's components on the move A few JavaOnes ago, Aerith was the belle of the ball, reasserting how polished and attractive a Swing GUI could be. It led directly to Chet and Romain's book Filthy Rich Clients, and in a roundabout way, even to JavaFX, given the realization that achieving the effects of Aerith required months of work from Swing's top engineers, implying that something more...
Cable TV opens up to Java In case you missed it last year, there were some interesting announcements about Tru2Way, the marketing name for OpenCable, which is a Java-baesd technology that obviates the cable TV box by providing a common platform that can be embedded directly into a television. OpenCable makes its home here on java.net, in the OpenCable project. In the latest Java Mobility...
Props to a prolific blogger Just thought I'd pass along a bit of unsolicited fan mail for one of our bloggers that was sent recently to the main java.net feedback address: Hi. I just want to say that I love Arun Gupta's blog. It's the blog I read the most, and every post is always something interesting and relevant to my work. I think Sun has got great technology, and to me, Arun Gupta is...
Who seriously reads thousand-line dumps in forums? Thanks, Kirill. Oh, for a lot of things, but this time for a forum post: In general, less code you post equals higher chance the forum readers will look into it. My rule of thumb is that anything above 100 lines stands minimal chances of getting a response. Your original code was 220 lines. You'll need to bring it to the absolute minimum...
Is Java a lingua franca or a lure? Alas, CodeMash is over for 2009, with its constituent factions (Java developers, .NET types, scripters, etc.) going their separate ways after meeting up and attending each others' sessions. One interesting example from late Friday was a session on reverse-engineering code. Presented mostly from a Microsoft world-view, it was interesting seeing that...
Is lecturing users really going to help grow OSS? jruhnke vents in today's forums: Why is there such a disparity in the JREs in use these days. I can't write a descent application these days without having to include a bunch 3rd party libraries to deal with basic platform deficiencies. Take for example (Java Comm.) there is no one library (framework) that works for Windows, Linux, Solaris,...
The scene from the first day of CodeMash Day one of CodeMash is done... I'm talked out from giving eight hours of tutorial and duly chlorinated after a trip to the indoor waterpark. But even the waterpark wasn't as loud as the vendor area and hang space at the conference, where a couple vendors had set up Rock Band 2 games just a few feet apart, making it hard to get away from geeks mangling...
Oh yeah, OpenJDK 6 came after OpenJDK 7! Now I get it! If I had to explain the versioning and open-source status of Java to a total newbie, I think I'd probably have to draw a diagram. When Java got GPL'ed, Java 6 was just out the gate, and the first drops of OpenJDK were of an extremely early JDK 7. But we couldn't just wait years and years for JDK 7 to come out, open source or not, so the...
Packing up for the drive to CodeMash Finish the blog, then pack for the sold-out CodeMash. This is a conference I learned about at the from co-organizer Dianne Marsh of the Ann Arbor JUG, who (along with Maggie Longshore) has been fantasizing about Hemione Granger's use of time travel to attend simultaneous sessions. She talked about CodeMash on JavaPosse 197 (which also features Stephan...
Where's Java going in 2009? OK, another lap of the Sun is done, and from all accounts, Java did pretty well in 2008. After all, JavaFX finally came out, as did the consumer JRE, which rolls together a set of much-wanted features for the Java runtime, including deployment enhancements, a completely rewritten plug-in, a hardware-accelerated graphics pipeline, and more. Right near the end of...