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Blog Archive for robogeek during December 2007

Todays Editors daily blog references Properties Get No Respect .. and something clicked in my mind and communism started running through my mind. Property is highly valued by the ruling class ... something like: The bourgeoisie keeps more and more doing away with the scattered state of the population, of the means of production, and of property. It has agglomerated population, centralized the...
I've got a few minutes before heading off to a meeting, and see a few blog postings on approximately the same topic. Should Java (the language) strive to be the perfect be-all-end-all language? Or should it simply strive to be good enough? On the #openjdk IRC channel one day last week we had an impromptu debate along these lines. One or more people were claiming Java (the language) sucks, that...
So, hey, there's a new open source project, PDF Renderer: a 100% Java PDF renderer and viewer which was just announced by Joshua Marinacci. This is the big secret he's been hinting at for awhile. Okay, that's cool. I remember seeing something in the JavaFX demo's about a PDF renderer there, and with the new scenegraph project one should be able to make a very interesting PDF viewer. But here...
Joshua Marinacci has discussed how Our new Java Scene Graph is open sourced .. and I decided to take a look. The project is at scenegraph.dev.java.net and it is available under GPL (v2) right now. It's very early, labeled as v0.4, it has basically zero javadoc comments (hopefully they'll fix that shortly as it's a glaring hole), but it's pretty straightforward. Even someone like me who barely...
I just saw Tim Bray's blog post about the Give One Get One program. He says "I can’t imagine any self-respecting geek not signing up for this, so I just did.".. I bought my OLPC on the first or second day the program was running, so that must make me a self-respecting geek. Or at least one who respects the nature of the digital divide. And while at one level it seems the last thing local...
Java is (potentially) capable of taking part in the 'Rich Internet Application' game. This is especially interesting as we finish bringing the OpenJDK project to being completely open source (instead of the open-source-but-for-a-few-encumbrances situation we have today) in that an open source Java offers the potential to be an open source answer to Flex. A question which hovers in my mind is,...