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As intuitive as Sun Java Studio Enterprise 8 is, learning a few tips about that IDE would smooth out your work life even more. You may find the tidbits below helpful. As before, Nathan Fiedler of the Sun Java Studio Enterprise engineering team helped me screen a technical FAQ and interpret the fine points. Hats off to him.Q: Why does my CD not perform an autorun on UNIX systems? A: This...
on Oct 26, 2005
Yesterday, Sun shipped the final version of Sun Java Studio Enterprise 8, only two months after the Early Access release. To the IDE's engineering team--the people who made the IDE a reality--it was a momentous day. I asked them for their take on what in that IDE appeals to them the most. Here's what six members of the team have to say."Enterprise Application Profiler in the IDE is truly...
on Oct 19, 2005
Over the past weeks, in collaboration with Nathan Fiedler, a Sun Java Studio Enterprise developer, I posted a six-part blog series, Nifty Capabilities in Sun Java Studio Enterprise 8 Early Access. Now that the final release is out, I've consolidated the series here, given that all of those characteristics apply to the final version of the IDE. A handy reference for you, I hope. Be sure to visit...
on Oct 18, 2005
A few weeks back, I worked feverishly to get an article ready for this months' (November 2005) edition of the Sys-con's Java Developer Journal, or as many people refer to it, the JDJ. Check out your pigeon hole mailbox, or head to JDJ online to read the article. For this article, I delve into the details of matching your JDBC driver against the many choices in the Object-Relational-Mapping (ORM)...
on Oct 17, 2005
The Sun Java Studio Enterprise Software Forum is the place for you to congregate with fellow developers and the Java Studio Enterprise engineering team online: You can ask questions, post comments, discuss bugs or issues, share your thoughts about the UI, offer suggestions. Not a participant yet? Just join Sun Developer Network--for free--and then sign in and post away. This is part 3 of a series...
on Oct 10, 2005
Sometimes a single word can really wreak havoc, and "Bean" is one such word. My enthusiasm for Java took a distinct nose dive the first time I encountered the implementation details for the dreaded Enterprise Java Bean. It was quite a shock, and I did everything that I could to avoid using them. Now that EJB3 has significantly lessened the learning curve, many of my initial complaints have...
on Oct 6, 2005
James Gosling's recent blog asks the question: "SOA: Buzzworld Whiplash or Real Meat?" The answer probably requires a change of perspective. Jame's falls into the same trap that I fell in... SOA isn't really about a programming paradigm, it's about a product paradigm. Let me rush to explain.... To programmers SOA looks a lot like OOP (especially a lot like OOP as promoted by the SmallTalk...
on Oct 5, 2005
The Sun Java Studio Enterprise Software Forum is the place for you to congregate with fellow developers and the Java Studio Enterprise engineering team online: You can ask questions, post comments, discuss bugs or issues, share your thoughts about the UI, offer suggestions. Not a participant yet? Just join Sun Developer Network--for free--and then sign in and post away. This is part 2 of a series...
on Oct 3, 2005
The Sun Java Studio Enterprise Software Forum is the place for you to congregate with fellow developers and the Java Studio Enterprise engineering team online: You can ask questions, post comments, discuss bugs or issues, share your thoughts about the UI, offer suggestions. Not a participant yet? Just join Sun Developer Network--for free--and then sign in and post away. In this series, I'll recap...
on Sep 26, 2005
This is part 6 of a blog series on the superb capabilities new in Sun Java Studio Enterprise 8 EA. As indicated in part 1, input from Nathan Fiedler of the IDE's development team was what made this series possible. Thanks a million, Nathan. UML Modeling: A Sleek Redesign for Clarity and Simplicity A redesign of the UML diagram editor and toolbar has resulted in their assuming a similar look and...
on Sep 26, 2005
At this point, I would like to show you some of the JSP pages we have in our application, but I'm sure there's a clause somewhere in my contract that says otherwise. Over the long term maintenance and feature-adds on large web applications, your JSP pages can start to look like variable soup. You have 10 to 15 variables being accessed that may have come from any scope, set by any action,...
on Sep 22, 2005
This is part 5 of a blog series on the superb capabilities new in Sun Java Studio Enterprise 8 EA. As indicated in part 1, I can't thank Nathan Fiedler of the IDE's development team enough for the input for this series. Developer Collaboration: More Sharing, More Transparency The developer collaboration capabilities in Sun Java Studio Enterprise 8 deliver significant enhancements, to wit:...
on Sep 20, 2005
A couple of weeks ago, Rick Hightower asked some pointed questions and made some interesting assertions about JSF 1.2, JSF 1.1 and MyFaces in his blog . This blog entry is a response to that blog. I'd like to address some of these questions and assertions in light of Rick's blog. What's deal with JSF and Open Source? Exactly what was open sourced on 24 August 2005? Why was this done? I...
on Sep 19, 2005
In my last blog entry, I 'kind of' complained about how JSF's component model was maintained and all the overhead involved. Really, I can't think of it as overhead, because it is tremendously richer in what it can do than other component frameworks. With JSF, each component has control over each step in the request cycle. But this is only half true. When I started to look at ways to...
on Sep 18, 2005
I've been racking my brain lately, tossing around ideas. I've been working tons with Facelets technology with trying to push JSF into new directions, but it still sits on top of JSF. Not that there's anything wrong with what JSF does, it's really rich, almost too rich. JSF really 'gets' the concept of a component. It allows you to mingle components and accessory concerns such as listeners,...
on Sep 14, 2005
Ruby on Rails: love it or hate it, but it does have a lot of fresh ideas. One of the really great things that RoR has done is presented AJAX functionality in an easy to use API. John Reynolds provided a nice list of AJAX/JavaScript sites in one of his last blog entries, one of which was script.aculo.us. The site includes RoR AJAX examples with source code. While light weight, I was suprised to...
on Sep 8, 2005
Sun product line manager Ashwin Rao's commentary, Developer Collaboration in Our Shrinking World of an Expanding Workforce, exudes objectivity, sensitivity, and profundity. No fluffy marketer, Ashwin has a strong technical background and built software for years in a pre-Sun career. From personal experience, he understands the challenges of collaboration in software development and the many...
on Sep 8, 2005
This is part 4 of a blog series on the superb capabilities new in Sun Java Studio Enterprise 8 EA. As indicated in part 1, I have Nathan Fiedler of the IDE's development team to thank for the input for this series. Ant-Based Project System: A More Robust UI The Ant-based project system in Sun Java Studio Enterprise 8, a replica of the same system in NetBeans 4.1, brings three main benefits to...
on Sep 8, 2005
This is part 3 of a blog series on the superb capabilities new in Sun Java Studio Enterprise 8 EA. As indicated in part 1, I owe Nathan Fiedler of the IDE's development team the input for this series. Thanks a million, Nathan. Navigator Window: Inheritance Hierarchy at a Glance The Inheritance View in the Navigator window within the Project-File Explorer shows the "inheritance" of the class in...
on Sep 5, 2005
The Common Annotations and EJB 3 JSRs both provide a number of annotations that are useful to enterprise Java developers. This blog entry examines the use of two from EJB3 that I feel really should be in Common Annotations: @PostConstruct and @PreDestroy. Let's review the purpose of these annotations. @PostConstruct * Designates a method to receive a callback during creation of a *...
on Aug 29, 2005