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Blog Archive for joconner during May 2007

The Java Persistence API (JPA) is part of the EJB 3.0 spec and simplifies how you save application entities in a database. You can now use POJOs for both application business logic and persistence. Did you know that you can also use this API for desktop applications? I'm working on a full-length article that describes how to use the JPA on the desktop. The article will be available next week on...
Have you ever fretted over the difficulty of creating a desktop application with a Swing-based user interface (UI)? Developers have sometimes complained that building Swing applications is just too hard. Sun has taken much of the feedback and has tried to simplify the process of building Swing-based applications on the desktop. The recent simplifications have taken shape as two separate Java...
What is JavaFX? It's a set of Java technologies that will make it easier to develop rich multimedia content on the Java platform. At it's core, it's a new scripting language that runs on desktops and mobile devices. From the JavaOne general session today, we learn this about JavaFX: it's a consumer focused Java technology; it has been designed for high impact consumer markets; it's based on...
I'm sitting in the "Web 2.0: Building Dynamic Web Sites with Ajax and the Dojo Toolkit" session. It's a half-day session, one of many choices for the day. The course title makes it sound advanced -- or at least I thought it was more advanced. In reality, the course is an introduction, pretty basic stuff. For a web 2.0 newbie, the level is probably right. It fits me, but I suspect that others in...
Some people say that you should approach JavaOne like a marathon -- not that I'd know anything about real marathons. Pace yourself, be steady, finish all in one piece. As a battle-worn JavaOne veteran, I want to agree. I want to believe that the key to a successful experience at JavaOne is to plan ahead and to pace yourself. Yes, I know you want to take this event like a sprint by just tearing...