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Blog Archive for editor during July 2009

The OpenDS team has announced that OpenDS 2.0.0 Has Been Released. OpenDS is an open source project that is building a free, high-performance, highly extensible directory service based on LDAP and DSML. The OpenDS 2.0 Release Notes provide the details on the new release. Ludovic Poitou wrote at length about the new release in his recent blog post OpenDS 2.0 is here! OpenDS is an LDAPv3...
The voting in this past week's java.net poll indicates that the NetBeans user community (our sampling of it, anyway) considers native Maven support to be the the most significant new feature in the new NetBeans Version 6.7 release. A total of 257 votes were cast. Here's the actually poll question and the responses: What's the most significant new feature in NetBeans 6.7? 5.4% (14 votes) -...
The very last podcast interview I did at this year's JavaOne was one of the best: my talk with Adam Bien on JavaEE and rethinking best practices. I am primarily a server-side, data center guy, in my software engineering experience. I've been around a while, and have an historical perspective on this. Hence, it was incredibly interesting for me as Adam told me about some surprising (to me) new...
At JavaOne, Jim Wright interviewed SwingLabs project members Jan Haderka and Alex Potochkin in a java.net Community Corner podcast. The 16-minute interview covered current development efforts in the SwingLabs project and subprojects, including SwingX. First, Jan announced that Alex is taking over leadership of the project from Richard Bair. Alex noted that the many SwingLabs subprojects are...
Janice J. Heiss of the Sun Developer Network interviewed Java Champion Kirk Pepperdine in a java.net Community Corner podcast recorded at JavaOne. Early in the interview, Janice asked Kirk about the nature of performance tuning. Kirk opens many of his presentations with the following statement (for example, see slide 4 in the presentation Kirk used in the Java Performance Tuning mini-talk he...
The results of last week's poll suggest that NetBeans Version 6.7 is receiving quick acceptance within the NetBeans user community. There were 630 votes cast in the poll. Here's the exact poll question, and the results: Have you tried out NetBeans Version 6.7? 48.7% (307 votes) - Yes 17.1% (108 votes) - I plan to soon 3.8% (24 votes) - No, I'm staying with an older version 29.6% (187 votes...
At last month's JavaOne, Josh Marinacci visited the java.net booth and was interviewed by Ed Ort about his work with JavaFX and the new Java Store. Josh is well known for his work on JavaFX, but he had been secretly working on the Java Store for quite a while by the time JavaOne happened. Unfortunately, there were some technical difficulties during the interview. Still, with a few volume...
Kirk Pepperdine gave a very interesting mini-talk in the java.net booth at JavaOne. We recorded his talk and made it into a java.net Community Corner 2009 podcast. Kirk's presentation includes lots of interaction with the audience, and plenty of doses of humor, though not humor that anyone who's not a developer would understand. In fact, if you haven't done a fair amount of work on performance...
I learned quite a lot about robotics at JavaOne. Most of the time I when I was manning the counter at the java.net booth, I was accompanied by members of the java.net Robotics Community. In the early evening of the opening day of JavaOne, community members Jim Wright, Bruce Boyes, Roger Brinkley, and Brian Jenkins gathered to record a java.net Community Corner podcast. The scheduled topic was "...
I always find it interesting to talk to people who are engaged in developing highly-scalable software. I very much appreciate the difficulties they face and must overcome, having worked on developing multithreaded applications myself since the early 1990s (using Sun's early C SMP threading libraries). So, I very much enjoyed talking with Sun's Owen Kellett, a lead developer for Project...