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Blog Archive for editor during November 2009

This week's java.net Spotlight is Project MaiTai, a new JavaFX-based open source project founded by Josh Marinacci. Josh announced the project last week: If you follow my Twitter stream then you may have seen a string of strange videos I've posted. This was a series of experiments generated by a new art tool I've been building for the past few months. Now it's time to finally show it to the...
The results of the past week's java.net poll suggest that, while a fair number of developers are watching the developments related to the Java Store, a majority isn't yet paying much attention. A total of 193 votes were cast, a relatively small number compared with most recent java.net polls. The exact question and results were: What do you think about the Java Store's recent progress? 2% (4...
Janice Heiss pointed me to a new series of videocasts that's now available on java.sun.com: Deep Dive: Java Warehouse and Java Store With Bernard Traversat. The videos are hosted by Ed Ort, Senior Staff Information Engineer for Sun. Bernard Tarversat is Director of Engineering for the Java Store. The deep dive is a three-part series: Part 1: Get an overview of the Java Warehouse and Java...
Some developers seem to think that logging is not really all that useful or important. I've worked with people who have this view. They think that the only way to solve a problem is to launch your program within an IDE or debugger, insert break points, look at variables, step ahead a statement or five, etc. This method indeed is suitable for some problems. But it's not by any means suitable...
In this week's java.net Spotlight, I'm highlighting Geertjan Wielenger's Financial Applications on the NetBeans Platform. For quite a while, Geerjan has been searching the web for applications that are built on the NetBeans platform. He's found applications for business, scientific research, mapping, and a whole lot more. He sometimes uses the phrase and acronym "Yet Another NetBeans Platform...
The past week's poll results indicate that, in general, Java developers are of the opinion that the JCP performs a necessary but difficult task. The poll drew a relatively small number of votes: 171. The exact question and results were: What's your view of the JCP's role in guiding Java's future? 40% (68 votes) - It does a good job of ensuring Java's stability 20% (34 votes) - I often...
Janice J. Heiss sent me an email pointing me to the Sun Developer Network article series Troubleshooting OpenSSO with Firefox Add-Ons. This series, which has been a work in progress by since March, is written by Jim Faut, with contributions from Rick Palkovic. The following articles have been published thus far: Part 1, Introduction Part 2, Single Sign-On and Policy Protection Part 3, Cross-...
We've just published Eric Spiegelberg's new article, "Using a Service Delegate to Avoid MVC Controller Bloat". Eric is a Minneapolis-based Java EE consultant. This is the sixth article he has contributed to java.net. In his new article, Eric addresses the problem of "controller bloat" -- by which he means the tendency for code that does not belong in the controller in an MVC application to...
Geerjan Wielenga posted Performance Management Analysis on the NetBeans Platform: Yet another NetBeans Platform application is a commercial application offered by Exie, in Norway. "Exie provides People-Driven Performance Management solutions architected for widespread adoption by companies serving dynamic markets. Exie drives financial outcomes and accountability across the company and thus...
Kirill Grouchnikov posted Control alignment in Substance 6.0: Last week i have written about improving the visuals of text components, comboboxes and spinners in the 6.0dev branch of Substance look-and-feel library. Today, it's time to talk about the micro-design of these components - aligning perceived boundaries, text baseline and other visual elements of user input controls...