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Mac Java

Apple offered two surprise BoF's at JavaOne - a "surprise" because they hadn't previously been announced or expected and just appeared in the addendum and corrections to the JavaOne show schedule. Still, about a hundred developers managed to find their way over to the Marriott to see the show. I got there too late to see the formal introductions on the first presentation, which was well into...
on Jul 8, 2005

NetBeans

OK, I got your attention. Now, can we just forget this horse-race and go back to getting some actual work done? No? Oh, fine. So, JavaOne just ended, and everyone's talking about the buzz around these 2 products. There's enough hype around here to stuff a turkey. I saw an interesting post on ZDNet after JavaOne. It was yet another log on the Eclipse vs. NetBeans fire. The content essentially...
on Jul 5, 2005
To wrap up my JavaOne experience, I went to a pub with Tim Boudreau and my co-speaker Jaroslav Tulach. Over the first few drinks, we brainstormed about ways to simplify/embellish the Actions API When we got a little too drunk for that, we started in on the source code to my FeedReader. We hacked around until we figured out a way to embed a JDIC browser in a TopComponent. That was cause...
on Jul 1, 2005
I leaned over to Tim Boudreau, NetBeans evangealist, and said, "Boy, wouldn't the bloggers love to get a picture of this." I couldn't tell if he looked amused or worried. The picture I was referring to was the two people sitting next to me. They were NetBeans Platform architect Jaroslav Tulach and Eclipse Platform architect Jeff McAffer. Disclaimer: There's NOTHING going on behind the scenes....
on Jun 28, 2005
I just finished up an article on NetBeans Day for the JavaOne Today, the conference's daily newsletter. It was fun trying to sound like a newspaper reporter, but now I want to reinsert my own voice into the proceedings, and I'll start with one word. Wow! There were the announcements (collaboration plugins, Matisse, new refactoring) and the stats (550 people or so attending according to Greg...
on Jun 27, 2005

Java Desktop

It's been a long, fun, and exhausting week. I'm going to get some sleep and vainly try to take a flight home tomorrow. Since I'll be there for hours, most likely, this will give me time to write proper entries about the second half of the week and how the conference went overall. In the mean time, our book Swing Hacks is finally shipping on Amazon and we've hit almost #3000. (as of this evening...
on Jun 30, 2005
It's JavaOne 2005, Monday afternoon, and I'm drifting around Sun's booths on the tradeshow floor. Moscone's meeting halls are two stories tall and underground; it's a basement palace. The cavernous space used by the tradeshow Pavillion must be a quarter of a mile long and a hundred feet high and it's abundantly and artificially lit. It's like being in an aircraft hanger that's inexplicably...
on Jun 29, 2005
i've been enjoying some of the desktop talks at javaone this week. with swing, a common theme for a talk is: tips and tricks to make swing run faster. so some of these talks got me thinking.. so here's a problem: the construction of swing components is an expensive operation. if you're building a fairly dynamic ui in swing, one where you create views on the fly, as a response to...
on Jun 29, 2005
I promise I won't shill too much, but Chris just told me that our book was the number 2 seller yesterday according to the list posted by the book store! To our readers we send a heartfelt thanks! - Josh
on Jun 28, 2005
After almost exactly one year of waiting, it's finally here. Version 0.2 of the Saverbeans SDK and Saverbeans Screensaver Pack have just been released! You can download the latest SDK from the JDIC project on java.net: https://jdic.dev.java.net/servlets/ProjectDocumentList?folderID=1330&expandFolder=1330&folderID=0 And of course you can download the latest screensavers from the...
on Jun 25, 2005

Java Tools

Today, the ubiquity and versatility of the Internet lends a viable and convenient medium for companies to provide services to each other on the Web. Examples abound: purchases of parts and materials, administration and investment of employee 401(k) plans, travel and hotel bookings. The first and foremost requirement for setting up those interactive transactions is security, that is, verifying...
on Jun 30, 2005
Sun Java Studio Creator 2, now in early access at developers.sun.com/prodtech/javatools/jscreator/index.jsp, is being demo'd at its booth in the pavilion at JavaOne. Among the new JavaServer Faces component set is the table component, complete with sorting and advanced paging and graphical capabilities. You can seamlessly and quickly bind a table to a data source or Web service by means of drag...
on Jun 27, 2005
One of the JavaOne technical sessions today on the 12 reasons to use NetBeans revealed the astounding increase in its user base for NetBeans. Between August 2004 and now, the number of users has tripled from 48,000 to 135,000, a threefold increase. The availability of NetBeans 4.1 in May, with its many new capabilities and performance improvements, accounted for a spike in the last three months...
on Jun 27, 2005

Java Enterprise

It has been pretty exciting after Sun's Open Source Application Server project GlassFish announcement on Monday morning at JavaOne. James Gosling wore our cute GlassFish t-shirt on stage during the General Session on Tuesday. I was glad to see that many developers came to our booth and shared excitement of the news and interests. We had a well attended GlassFish BOF on Monday night to...
on Jun 29, 2005
Sun Java System Application Server Platform Edition (PE) 9, slated to be open-sourced by Sun soon, is now in development. The product will be integrated with the NetBeans IDE and includes Java Enterprise Edition (EE) 5. Check it out at the GlassFish Project on java.net. First download the binary and deploy an application. Better yet, build GlassFish from square one and contribute to its...
on Jun 29, 2005
I'm in the Grizzly Tech session, and at the end, they're showing some performance numbers. For a dynamic content, servlet oriented, non-trivial task, the numbers that they've found show that an all Java NIO implementation will beat out a mixed Java-C implementation. (They tested two.) Mixed implementations are the kind found today in things like mod_jk and Sun's Web Server (though they wouldn't...
on Jun 28, 2005
There have been a couple blogs recently regarding "bloating" (Eclipse, Mustang). Whoever has been on a design team that has to decide which feature goes in and which one stays out will probably feel the pain. As a spec lead (JSP, JSTL), I sure do. We all wish we could please everyone, but that's unrealistic. One has to accept that some developers will be unhappy with the decisions made. However,...
on Jun 27, 2005

Java Web Services and XML

To highlight the savings in generated code with JAX-WS 2.0 compared to JAX-RPC 1.1, I ran the WS-I Sample application WSDL files through JAX-RPC's wscompile and JAX-WS's wsimport. The results are very good. JAX-RPC 1.1 generated 128 files that were 365KB in size. JAX-WS 2.0 generated only 61 files for a total size of 83KB. That is a 52% reduction in the number of files generated and a 77%...
on Jun 28, 2005
I thought that a session title that had the phrase "Hitchhicker's Guide" in it would draw a good audience, but I had no inkling of the crush of humanity waiting to get into the session "A Hitchhiker's Guide to SOA: Orchestrating Loosely Coupled J2EE Services with BPMN and BPEL." It felt like Times Square at New Year's Eve. This was worth the mob scene. I know a few things about SOA,...
on Jun 28, 2005
We (Sun bloggers) thought there would be no news reports on Sun open sourcing the AppServer until the beginning of JavaOne tomorrow morning but it seems the news are out there (see [1] for example). I don't know if this was intentional or not - some of the initial pieces came from NZ, so maybe somebody didn't indicate what TZ the release date was? - but, in any case, we checked (blogging by...
on Jun 27, 2005