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Blog Archive for robogeek during May 2007

Dave Gilbert has an interesting blog entry, The Badness of JFree, quoting an email he received complaining about the business model he uses with JFreeChart. This points to a bigger issue of different ways to monetize work on an open source project. In his case the software is free and open source, but he sells documentation. His correspondent is finding this to be offensive. All through it his...
There's this challenge which was posted, well really it's a long complaint about complexity. Fabrizio Giudici posted an alternative using the Mistral toolkit. It's interesting he says it takes a hundred lines of code to resize an image, when I (with my meager experience in graphics code) was able to do it in 5 lines of code over three years ago. public static BufferedImage mkThumbImage(...
Not everything about writing code in a programming language is easy and wonderful. Sometimes a particular API is hard to figure out, or it doesn't do quite what you want, or the documentation is obtuse, or nonexistant, or wrong, or sometimes the implementation is buggy and the approach you're trying is bumping up against bugs, etc. And you spend long hours trying to figure out what's wrong and...
Yesterdays post on Closed versus open multimedia formats seems to have struck a nerve. A lot of good comments. I just came across Chris Adamson's blog, Java SE Media (Or Not) at JavaOne ... wow that makes for some interesting reading, and it's clear Chris has thought about this far more deeply than I have. First to consider is his JavaONE BOF presentation on the state of Java media which is...
At JavaONE last week Bruno Souza launched one of his stunts which was video'd and posted online. Last year he had this "foot" which he carried around with which to kick people in the head, and apparently the video got posted somewhere but I haven't seen it. I wanted to watch it as I'm one of the kickees. This year he had a couple compatriots dress up as medieval generals. He and Juggy and...
JavaFX is cool, right? Did you raise your hand when you said you wanted an JavaFX Mobile phone? I sure did. Looking over blog entries since JavaONE I'm seeing a lot of angst... JavaFX adds to the bloat so how can this ever fly? Why doesn't Sun pay attention to the real problem and fix the bloat? etc etc etc ... Announcing the Consumer JRE (again!) covers something which we've been working...
I'm interested in what y'all think about the OpenJDK project. I talked with a lot of people last week at JavaONE, so I heard some thoughts and feedback. I had intended to have a microphone handy during my booth duty, record comments as audio, and post them as a podcast but somehow that didn't work out. I'm still interested in this model of recording thoughts and feedback about the OpenJDK...
In Farewell To GCJ, Sun Hires GCJ Architect For JavaFX, while discussing Per Bothner's being hired by Sun, Wei Qi Gao asks: (For example, what are they going to do after Java 7? Add a macro system?) ... er... I can sure think of a lot of things. First, I'm pretty sure the plans for JDK7 haven't been laid in stone, as of yet. The JSR hasn't started for it, etc. So we don't know what will be...
It's the last day of JavaONE, I spent most of my time in the OpenJDK booth talking with people. And their questions are on my mind. Here's a few answers to common questions. What happens with people selling commercial apps today? Someone selling a commercial app today, they can continue doing what they're doing. Nothing changes for them if the existing licenses still works for them. The...
Last night I attended, at Java ONE, a talk by David Schlesinger of ACCESS, formerly of PalmSource. What drew me was the title, about building open source communities, and I hoped to gain a little insight about the process since that's my job right now, to build a community related OpenJDK quality. During his talk he touched on Quality several times. In his job the software his team puts...