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Blog Archive for editor during March 2009

More tasty little language changes Yesterday, we mentioned the latest JavaPosse podcast episode, an unconference discussion of small language changes for Java 7, centering around Project Coin, the effort to collect high-impact, low-difficulty changes into a single JSR for inclusion in the next major rev of the language. Joe Darcy, who led that session at the Java Posse Roundup, has now...
What Java inherited, and what it bequeaths It's hard to tell sometimes just how much Thinking in Java author Bruce Eckel still likes Java. On the one hand, he's been heavily involved with Flash and Flex over the last few years, effectively proposing in Hybridizing Java that Java cede the RIA to Flash/Flex and concentrate on the server-side instead. On the other hand, he does organize and...
Looking ahead to JavaOne 2009 Noticed too late to make the front page, the JavaOne 2009 sessions list is now online in searchable form. No doubt would-be attendees are already hurling their favorite search terms at the content catalog to size up their interest in the conference: Kirill Grouchnikov tweets that there are 40 talks with "JavaFX" in their title (51 by my count, if we count BOFs...
Feeds aplenty from ROME It's hard to believe that all this time, the popular ROME library for working with web syndication feeds (in any of the various RSS or Atom formats), hasn't been 1.0 release quality. Heck, we did a feature article "tour of ROME" over three years ago! And plenty of sites out there proclaim to be powered by ROME, with surely many more that we don't even know about. So...
Using CSS for JavaFX One of the more clever ideas in JavaFX is the use of CSS to style GUI components. In other toolkits, information about size, shape, color, and font might be hard-coded in source, or freeze-dried in binary form: either way, these graphic elements have traditionally been the responsibility of developers. Of course, the irony is that most developers aren't and don't care...
Browser plug-in stats aren't what you might expect An InfoQ article Flash is Dominating the Landscape, but Silverlight is Growing uses statistics from the RIAStats page to size up the competition between RIA browser plug-in platforms. The stats (as surveyed from 1.4 million browsers across 41 sites) seem to refresh periodically, and some are dubious (what is this "Version 1.8" that...
Anticipating 2009 Summer of Code Let's start right off with Felipe Gaucho's blog about Google Summer of Code 2009. Few days ago I was prospecting collaborators to my open source project when Björn Jensen - JUG leader of Hamburg - called my attention to the Google Summer of Code 2009 . After a brief reading of the program rules, my teacher vein started to pulse - yes, that's exactly what I...
Many applets, one VM? With the new plug-in letting some developers take a second look at applets, Gabriele Carcassi has an interesting idea: why don't we have a way to let multiple applets collaborate? In Java plug-in wish list: JVM scope, he writes: One thing in particular, though, I think is needed: JVM applet scope. That is: the ability to run a set of applets in the same JVM, controlling...
Decompiling the Java Media Components Improved media support is one of the highlight features of JavaFX, and its Java Media Components is something that many developers have been looking forward to ever since Chet Haase outlined the goals and plans for JMC in a java.net blog almost two years ago. To Java developers, JMC promised support for modern media codecs and a simple, playback-only API...
A change of plans for our JavaOne booth We've been talking internally for a little while about our plans for the java.net booth at JavaOne 2009. Some of what we've done works (we know you like the hang space, and the ability to meet fellow community members, share information, and do demos), some doesn't, and some used to but doesn't anymore. Perhaps the most consistent element of the last...