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Blog Archive for robogeek during April 2007

Welcome to Opensville, Population Zero is a blog that's been referenced by Slashdot right now. It's an interesting blog posting. I've never heard of this William Hurley, but he has an interesting thing to say. When I started with open source, in the 1980's before the phrase "open source" had even been coined and Eric Raymond was still living in Texas (if I remember right) ... there was little...
In Swing versus SWT Thread Confinement is offered a suggestion to make Swing take a behavioral leaf from SWT, and to change Swing so that it "fails fast" when called from a thread other than the event dispatch thread. Since Swing (and SWT) are not multithread safe, if you call Swing methods from outside the event dispatch thread the behavior is "undefined". This is a nice way of saying you're...
Fabrizio Giudici asks Java with apt-get, what's the scoop? The big deal is we're taking steps towards a world where Java is a default part of more operating systems. Linux being very popular among the geeks we care about, we want Java to be a default part of Linux. Changing the license to GPLv2 will go a long way to that happening in that every Linux distribution will be free to incorporate the...
Robert Burrell Donkin (JCP: Time For An OpenTCK) and Steve Loughran (Open tests for open standards) discuss their thoughts about an "Open TCK". These are interesting thoughts .. ones that make it tempting to conclude that there must be an open TCK for Java. I seem to remember however that in some standards bodies, even ones where the standards are "open" (for some definition of "open") that...
Last week I wrote a bit about the OpenJDK quality team we plan to launch, and about one of our primary concerns. We are pretty sure there are many people who would like to contribute to Open JDK quality, because there are many people who see the vision of Java and want to see it live. This concern we have is about test harness choice and whether the choice of test harness could interfere...
Yesterday I wrote a rant about the usability of web applications that depend on AJAX between stuff in a browser and stuff on a backend. It seems to have struck a chord with several others chiming in with concerns about the usability and reliability of this model. Dreaming in the "Cloud" with the XIOS web operating system covers what someone is trying to claim is an "Internet Operating System"...
AJAX (asynchronous javascript and XML) is the new darling of the Internet, despite it having been a valid concept going back to the DHTML concept over 10 years ago. In the "web 2.0" meme we have this thought that all our data can live online and we access it through web browsers, and that AJAX in the browser is good enough to provide desktop quality applications so that we don't have to be...
I want to put out to the listeners a question which we've been pondering in the nascent Open JDK Quality Team. This team is still a work in progress, and we are due to become public as part of the "full launch" of the OpenJDK project (due to be released 'soon'.. stay tuned.. the marketing team has plans for another big announcement). Tom Marble posted the slides I presented at FOSDEM in...
In The Swiss Duke I wondered if there are other uses of the Duke mascot. I just stumbled across jduchess.org: Duchess is a networking group for female Java developers. We are based in the Netherlands, but every Java-coding girl can join. They have a Yahoo!Group and it says they host regular meetings in the Netherlands. Cool!! duke.dev.java.net has the source files for the Duke mascot.
I see on jazoon.com's blog The first ever Swiss Duke now on jazoon.com a variant of our beloved Duke wearing Swiss garb. They say: Jazoon, the international conference on Java™ technology, brings together experts and professional users of Java and open source technologies from all over Europe. Featuring a comprehensive range of topics, renowned speakers, a varied program of social and...