Today, a tantalizing announcement by Mark Reinhold about closures in Java 7 has made its way through the twittersphere.
I wanted to trace exactly what happens when a JSF page uses a redirect. Here are my experiences with the HTTP and TCP/IP monitors in NetBeans and Eclipse, and why I ended up using Wireshark instead.
In the relentless fight against configuration boilerplate, JSF and Glassfish have taken yet another small step forward. As of Glassfish v3 build 68, you no longer need to declare the faces-servlet in WEB.XML.
And now for something entirely different...one of my students asked how to write a recursive function in Scala with varargs.
I got a blogger pass for Oracle OpenWorld. Here is my report from the show floor.
Aaron Houston, the fearless leader of the Java Champions, got me a blogger pass to Oracle OpenWorld. Here is what I learned on the opening night.
When you need to produce lots of fairly straightforward graphs, Java2D is your friend. In this blog, I show you how you can render simple images as crisp-looking PDF or EPS files, provided you can draw them on a Graphics2D object.
Recently, I had to draw a bunch of simple images, such as this one
The next edition of my CS1/Java book is going to print soon. At the last minute, we decided to put the real estate of the inside covers to good use and include a “cheat sheet” with the most important Java control structures and libraries. Since it would be particularly embarrassing to have a typo here, I am hoping to enlist the aid of the community.
I just learned how to make Flash screencasts on my Linux system and deliver them (with GlassFish) on a server that the computer science department received as a donation (thanks Sun!!!).
This semester, I am teaching the CS1 course again. If you just teach plain Java, it isn't easy to come up with interesting lab assignments. Some of the students have built exciting animations with Alice in the CS0 course. Somehow, they aren't as excited about printing prime numbers or digits of π in CS1.