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Blog Archive for editor during February 2009

Questioning the value of a "Swing 2" Background: with parts of the Swing community concluding that Sun's emphasis on JavaFX implied a de facto abandonment of Swing, Jonathan Giles posted ideas last month for a Swing 2.0, a cleanup that would modernize the code-base to at least Java 5 standards: generics for collections, enums for enumerated constants, etc., without taking on the additional...
So one phone doesn't work like another... so what? We've heard a lot of unhappiness over the years from the ME camp over fragmentation, loosely defined as the dissimilarity of implementations of ME specs and other differences between devices (screen size and color depth, input technologies, etc.), which make it difficult to write applications that run on all/most/some/two devices. Some people...
Filling out a JCP EC term The Planetarium passes along the announcement that voting begins today for the JCP special election. There's a vote now, to fill a vacant seat on the Java ME EC. There are 4 candidates fighting for this seat. Aplix, who build Java implementations for mobile phones, Cox Communications, big in home entertainment (particularly TV), and two active Java ME developers...
How much catch-up does JavaFX have to do? O'Reilly Inside RIA blogger Yakov Fain wonders if JavaFX can replace Flex for him, and tries it out in Pet Store with JavaFX 1.0. Part 1. We decided to contribute to Java community and invest some time and resources to figure out what JavaFX 1.0 is capable of. Most of the Java developers know what Pet Store application is. For many years this...
NetBeans releases to get smaller, more frequent Release early, release often. Many projects swear by this strategy, but is it as practical for big projects with thousands or millions of users as it is for the small and scrappy? NetBeans seems set to prove it out, according to the announcement Message from the NetBeans Team: Why NetBeans 6.7? For those of you who have been following the...
Behold the one-class project It seems like there's an interesting story behind the UrlEncodedQueryString project. Its page says "this project was developed in close collaboration with Sun over a period of 18 months as part of the Peabody initiative, in response to this RFE. For various reasons it did not make it into the JDK, so is instead released here under a BSD license. Full...
Impressed again by Zero For such an unassuming name, Zero is a project with astounding potential. We've mentioned it before, because the potential of the project is exceptional: Zero is Java without the hand-porting of assembly code from one platform to another. That means Zero could be apt-get install openjdk on any architecture that has a C compiler. Sure, you give up machine code and you...
Keeping nice little language changes in play There's probably a class of developers for whom the most welcome change in JDK 7 will be the small language changes delivered by Project Coin. Eschewing the grand, world-changing concepts like annotations or generics (how the heck did both of those end up in the same release anyways?), Project Coin is looking for the small language changes that will...