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Blog Archive for johnsmart during May 2008

Enhanced user experience is a key theme coming out of this year's JavaOne. There are countless sessions on innovative technologies such as JavaFX, the Google Web Toolkit, Comet, and Android. All of these have in common that they are Java-based technologies that allow you to create enhanced user experiences without all the hard work. Well, with less hard work than if you had to code it all...
Performance monitoring and profiling applications is one of my favorite pet topics - indeed, there's a big chapter on tools in this area in Java Power Tools. So I was keen to here what Jaroslav Bachirik and Gregg Sporar had to say in their talk today, entitled "Improving Application Performance with Monitoring and Profiling Tools". It was worth it. Naturally, they talked about the JDK tools...
I like the Dukes Choice Awards. They have to be the most unashamably geeky awards in the industry. Indeed, the Dukes Choice Awards recognize "cool tools, technologies, and products". This appeals to my inner geek enormously, and so I find it very cool. Anyway, this year, the Dukes Choice Awards has chosen one of my personal favorites for the "Developer Solutions" category, the Hudson...
This morning, I went to a talk by some of the CollabNet guys on the now-imminent release of Subversion 1.5. I've talked about some of the main new features, notably the new merge tracking capabilities, elsewhere, so I won't rehash them here. However, there were a few other interesting new features that are worth mentioning. To have a truly robust enterprise Subversion archtecture, you need...
Today, I gave a talk at CommunityOne on "Open Source Tools for Optimizing Your Development Process". The abstract for the talk is as follows: One of the nice things about development on the Javaâ„¢ platform is the number of productivity-enhancing tools available. Indeed, an appropriate mix of tools and best practices can do wonders for your development process. This session covers some key...