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Blog Archive for kirillcool during July 2005

My previous entry on IBM's hold over Eclipse has provoked an interesting response from the Executive Director of the Eclipse Foundation. The description of the Eclipse Foundation verbatim is an independent, not-for-profit foundation supporting the Eclipse open source community. Mike provides a few examples of Eclipse projects that have 0 IBM contributors, one of them being BIRT, and another being...
One of the questions i have been asked at our BoF at the last JavaOne was whether i was aware of some application that can show dependencies between schema files as a graph. At that moment, and still now, I am unaware of any such open-source application. However, i promised that it wouldn't take long for such a feature to make its way into JAXB Workshop next release, and 29 days later, it's...
In one of my previous entries i've shown how to use Java2D to create layered icons for your application. Unfortunately, most of the time we think about icons in pixel-precision format, instead of thinking of them as vector graphics. Let's see an example first: The icons are shown starting from 10*10 to 36*36 size. As you can see, the icon components are nicely scaled (including inner graphics...
In "Evolving the Java language" technical session during the last JavaOne, Mark Reinhold shed some light on the future of Java XML support. The slides for the technical sessions have been finally uploaded to conference webpage, so download the PDF for session TS-7955. The executive summary of the relavant slides is: DOM is excellent feature-wise, but requires too much code to be written, and...
And so, last evening I set out to provide 1.4-compatible version of my Substance look-and-feel library. What promised to be an easy task (a couple of changes per file, given not too excessive use of generics), turned out to be a frustrating and valuable experience not only with Swing classes, but with Java 5.0 features in general. First off, I should say that at work we write for JDK 1.4.2. For...
We know that Tampa will host 2009 SuperBowl, Vancouver will host Olympic Games 2010 and London will host Wimbledon 2108 (unless the Antarctic ice melt sweeps British isles clean). But what about our own beloved Java Platform, Standard Edition? So, I got to ask Sun people (Mark and Graham among them) if they already have the name for Java 8. After a short giggle, they said that they had one name...
Oh, well. What did we have? A lot of supposedly cool stuff (even had an entire track for that), that wasn't anywhere near being usable, useful, or cool for that matter. A lot of next-generation stuff, that will take at least 3-4 years to make its way into real-world enterprise applications (yes, it will take uncounted hundreds of millions of dollars for real systems to move from J2EE 1.3.1). A...