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Blog Archive for joconner during January 2007

Give me a reason, any reason at all, to continue using Mac OS X as my primary development platform for Java applications. Java SE 6 is available now for Windows, Linux, and Solaris platforms. Why not for Mac OS X? Don't you dare mention that Java SE 6 is available on Mac OS X...I know about that. The available Java SE 6 implementation is stuck at build 88 and hasn't been updated in months. Steve...
You can take a look at a new article that describes SwingWorker...yes, I wrote it. Still, I think it's helpful, and I'm sure you'll let me know if it's not! The article is here: Improve Application Performance with SwingWorker I think some of the important points to remember include these: Get those long-running threads off the EDT Use SwingWorker to return both intermediate and final...
I've put database queries right there in my GUI event handlers. I'm ashamed, very ashamed. I've seen a lot of code from others too, and I'm not alone in this mishandling of lengthy IO bound tasks. People sometimes actually perform web GET and POST operations from the EDT too. No kidding. You might even be involved, but I don't expect you to admit it. You know what I'm talking about, right? I'm...
I have nothing technical to add to the debate. However, I have been monitoring the recent java.net poll that asks "How important is it to you that JDK 7 offers a new property syntax?" The results so far seem to indicate that almost two-thirds of the voters just don't need a new syntax. A minority, just 15%, think it's "very important" to the Java platform. They're a small but vocal group. The...
A new year, new beginnings. Times like this always make me resolve impossible things. Fortunately, there's one thing I can follow through with. I can certainly start off on the right foot, and in this particular resolution, that means starting off on the right thread too. While working on a new article for Sun's Java Developer site, I realized that I had been making a mistake over and over again...
Last month the article Getting Sun Certified on the Java Platform appeared on the Java developer site. That article made me start thinking...when's the last time you saw a job ad that asked for a specific certification? When I peruse job ads (it's sort of a hobby of mine), I notice the frequent request for a particular university degree (a BS in CS or maybe a MS in CS). However, I don't think I...