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Blog Archive for joconner during November 2006

Slowly, slowly, step by step...we have to be getting closer to the actual release date of Java SE 6. You know it's just right around the corner...sometime soon. So, when I got a new Mac OS X laptop a couple months ago, I didn't want to be without my favorite development platform. I immediately went up to the Apple developer site, created an account, and downloaded the latest Java SE 6. I was...
Earlier this year, Australia made changes to their time zones that required a completely new JRE. Then, the US announced time zone changes for 2007 that required a completely new JRE...unless of course you don't mind reporting incorrect time during the affected periods. I expected there might be some grumbling about the fact that you had to update an entire JRE just to update some exchangeable...
IBM has been requesting an open source Java for years. Back in early February 2004, IBM started sending its open letters to Sun. Those letters generated lots of discussion, and Sun's commitment to open source was questioned.  We know what "open letters" are, right? Open letters are the equivalent of sending email to a coworker and cc'ing the boss just to make sure there's a little extra...
You know I enjoy using NetBeans, so you'll not be surprised about my enthusiasm for NetBeans 5.5. Of course, you also know that I like to be clear and direct about my experiences using this and other tools, and I've blogged about some of my successes and frustrations with NetBeans. I do think NetBeans is turning into a great tool for creating Java applications. The GUI builder is getting better...