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Blog Archive for tball during March 2006

I have been getting some comments regarding the limits of Jackpot's rule language which suggest that Jackpot itself is not very powerful or useful. I must therefore be at fault for not making it clear that the rule language is a "little language"; it was never meant to be a complete transformation language for Java, but instead was designed to be an easier way to describe many of the more common...
I've been a big fan of early community involvement in projects, especially after how much it helped drive Swing to its first release. Back then the general rule was to post an alpha, silently wait for feedback to trickle in, ship a beta months later, wait again, and then release the batch without any response to most of the feedback. Swing broke that process by releasing snapshots every two...
Well, it's been a long haul, but Jackpot is now available as an early access release. It's not pretty or have a rich command set yet, but the core engine works and there is lots of documentation to read and sample transformations to try out. Everything can be found at the Jackpot project home page. As previously promised, this early access release is geared toward developers who want to...
Patience is a virtue? I never really learned that growing up, and impatience has served me and most of my fellow developers much better in our careers. So it's been a frustrating time since JavaOne lining up my ducks (an expression which probably doesn't translate well, but visualize how hard that would be) to make Jackpot available. Yesterday we had a big breakthrough, though, with marketing...