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Blog Archive for editor during December 2009

This past couple weeks has seen a near flood of major software releases (GlassFish 3.0, NetBeans IDE 6.8), approvals of major specifications (Java EE 6 and a host of related JSRs), and the creation of Project Lambda (devoted to developing an implementation of closures for Java). I don't think there has been another period in the past year where so many important events have coincided. Even the...
This past week's java.net poll shows that, while DEVOXX is considered to be a great Java conference, JavaOne is still consided the premiere Java conference by most people who express some knowledge of both conferences. A total of 223 votes were cast. The exact question and results were: Is DEVOXX now the premier Java conference? 24% (54 votes) - Yes 42% (93 votes) - Only if there are no more...
Harold Carr attended the SF MusicTech Summit this past Monday, and shares his notes from the summit in his latest blog post. The conference focused on music, technology, networking, and marketing: The SF MusicTech Summit brings together visionaries in the music/technology space, along with the best and brightest developers, entrepreneurs, investors, service providers, journalists, musicians...
In his latest post, Terrence Barr highlights the final release of JavaFX Mobile 1.2 for Windows Mobile. Since the early access release this past July, the development team "has been busy polishing the code, fixing bugs, and implementing some major performance improvements." The downloads page currently includes four packages: NetBeans IDE 6.7.1 for JavaFX 1.2 JavaFX 1.2 Production Suite...
James Gosling announced that he is in Sao Paulo, Brazil for a Sun Tech Days event this week. In his post, he also states that two major FCS releases are also expected this week: High on the exciting list are the joint FCS releases of GlassFish V3 and NetBeans 6.8 (probably on the 10th, depending on how the Release Gods smile). James notes with enthusiasm the confluence of significant events...
Our java.net Spotlight this week is the latest two additions to the SDN What's New in JavaFX 1.2 article series, which is written by Chris Wright and James L. Weaver. Parts two and three of the series were published in November. Chris Wright is a JavaFX developer for VNImedia, where he applies JavaFX to create interactive software on LCD touchscreens. James Weaver is a Java Champion; he is VP...
The results of this past week's poll demonstrate varying views among the Java developer community on Java's current support for parallel programming, and the need for additional support (for example, through the addition of closures). A total of 256 votes were cast in the poll. Here is the exact question and the results: Is Java's parallel programming support sufficient to meet 'the Multicore...
Mark Reinhold provided a significant clarification of issues surrounding the surprise announcement that closures will be included in Java 7 in his new blog post Closures for Java: The Q&A. I'm featuring Mark's post in Java Today. Mark spends some time both defending himself and stating that there is good reason why he ended up being the one to initiate a new proposal for inclusion of...
As Roberto Chinnici points out, the JCP Executive Committee has approved JSR 316, the Java EE 6 specification. Roberto says that "the final release will happen on December 10, when GlassFish v3 will be available. Roberto notes that: Several other Java EE component JSRs were approved at the same time: Servlet 3.0, JPA 2.0, EJB 3.1, Connector 1.6, CDI 1.0. All other components, be they full...
We've just published a new article by Jeff Friesen, Learn about JavaFX's APIs for Reading RSS and Atom Newsfeeds. In this article, Jeff introduces the JavaFX 1.2 RSS and Atom APIs, covering their common foundation and each API's key classes. The article then explores the FeedTask class's newsfeed-polling implementation. Jeff begins the discussion of the RSS and Atom APIs by noting that: The...