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Blog Archive for terrencebarr during August 2008

Tools-based parametric application development is an interesting and increasingly used approach to broaden the range of target devices and addressable market while lowering development and deployment costs. One of the companies in this space is Mobile Distillery and I am actually currently playing with an eval version of their Celsius tool and Alembic database to get a feel for the product....
Things aren't going so well for the iPhone and Apple these days. First, it appears that the much-anticipated 2nd generation iPhone (the iPhone 3G) doesn't actually perform that well on 3G networks - many users are reporting that 3G connectivity is frequently very flaky and Apple has been hit with a class action lawsuit. Next, the iPhone doesn't actually seem to be selling that well in many parts...
With all the travel I'm doing lately I've been looking for a convenient way to keep people who are interested in getting in touch with me updated on my current whereabouts - I don't know about you but I prefer to get phone calls and IM messages during my waking hours rather than at 3 am local time ;-) So lately I've started using Yahoo's Fire Eagle which allows me to broadcast my current...
A couple of news items have piled up over the last few days that I briefly want to bring to your attention: The JavaFX Preview SDK was announced two weeks ago. Check out the announcement on the JavaFX blog. SDN is running an "Ask the Experts" session on the Java FX Preview SDK, starting today running through August 22. Got a question? Post it during this session and get answers from three key...
Update: M3DD has been moved from November 08 to January 09 ... please check the date below After the very successful first installment of the Java Mobile & Embedded Developer Days in January of this year ... we're doing it all over again! Same format, same location, but expanded topic coverage - now including media as well as a testament to the rapidly growing interest in Java on Blu-ray...
Update: Also check out the LWUIT blog. In the comment section Shai talks about specific technical differences (search for "LWUIT Differs from Java FX") Open sourcing LWUIT last week has created a lot of buzz - the response has been phenomenally positive. We've also gotten a few questions regarding the relationship of LWUIT and the upcoming JavaFX Mobile platform - there still seems to be a bit...
Note: For an overview and a FAQ on LWUIT see this older post. Dear Community, Sun introduced the Lightweight UI Toolkit (LWUIT) to the developer community at JavaOne this year. We made available at that time a prerelease binary library, additional tools, and extensive documentation so that developers could get started with LWUIT right away. We also announced our intent to open source the LWUIT...
I just got back from vacation ... a quiet and relaxing two weeks in a cottage in Sweden by the Baltic Sea, with our own beach and boat. Loved it! No email, no meetings, just kicking back and relaxing. On the downside I had almost 2000 emails in my inbox on return. Sigh - I guess work always catches up with you sooner or later ;-) But enough about that. We're busy putting the finishing touches on...