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JXTA

<snip>     I've updated the "JXTA Extention: Configurator" wiki to reflect the newly minted    "configuration registration" api:        <a href="http://wiki.java.net/bin/view/Jxta/ExtConfigurator">JXTA Ext: Configurator</a>    As we roll forward with JXTA 2.2 I...
on Dec 5, 2003
To me, the secret in building systems that rock, no, better yet, monster systems, is all in the *blend*. I don't buy the silver bullet, floor wax *and* dessert topping single focussed story lines that fashionably spill out from time to time inevitably resulting in misdirected project churn regardless as to the best of intentions. Such tactics are often enamoured deeply with one or another flavor...
on Nov 25, 2003
The recent JXTA Town Hall was informative as usual. For me, yet another <teaser>light</teaser> went off. One thing I'd like to hear more of is general P2P discussions, theories, applications complimented with JXTA implementations .. but that might be a bit of a broad topic for the occasional JXTA Town Hall. I'm not sure. This time, IRC was incorporated to include those that couldn...
on Nov 24, 2003
JXTA 2.2-b (aka 03Q4) is upon us and normalizing out nicely. Those using previous JXTA releases are encouraged to try out JXTA 2.2 (cvs -r JXTA_2_2_STABLE) and for those new to JXTA, this is a great time to climb aboard. Sing Li has published an insightful article, titled JXTA 2: A high-performance, massively scalable P2P network, that highlights the overarching JXTA 2.x design goals coupled...
on Nov 18, 2003

NetBeans

Today, like yesterday, I had the possibility to follow somes conference at Javapolis, organized by the Belgian Java User Group BEJUG. I missed the one concerning OptimalJ (based upon netBeans) of Compuware, because it was at the same moment of the conference concerning JSF, presented by Craig R. McClanahan. But At the end of this afternoon, I followed the conference given by Robert Brewin, the...
on Dec 4, 2003
Ant is today the de facto standard to compile, test, deploy your application. But, you are not developping with Ant, you are developping with an IDE And when you write your project in the IDE, you can compile it, test it, debug it, deploy it. And then, you want to put in place the daily build. And therefore you have to build your ant build.xml file from scratch. Even if your IDE is already...
on Nov 22, 2003
Look at J2EE servers: Before, you had iPlanet AppSrv 6 then you had Sun One Application Server 7 now, you have Java System Application Server 7/8. Look at Java IDE: Before you had Forté For Java Then you had Sun One Studio Now, you have Sun Java Studio Impossible in those conditions that people have good opinions of Sun and their products in general. Each time you convince the...
on Nov 22, 2003
Corporations are sponsoring OpenSource projects. Economical reasons aside it gives a good PR, because OpenSource is in fashion these days. But are these projects really open? Sometimes it feels they are not... Sometimes it's just the visibility: source code is open under OSI-approved license, there's a publicly accessible bugtracker, mailing lists and ... that's all. There's no real openness out...
on Nov 9, 2003
I like freedom. And certainly freedom in coding style. Why am I obliged to follow the team convention <pre>public static final String hello = "HelloWorld";</pre> in place of my convention <pre>final static public String hello = "HelloWorld";</pre> Why am I obliged to declare variables of the class before the constructor and methods, and not after ?...
on Nov 9, 2003

Java Desktop

Well, Sun is releasing their so-called Java Desktop System this week. What, exactly, is the "Java Desktop System"? Plain and simple: it is Sun's Linux distribution focused on desktop users. Of course, Sun has too much invested in things like Solaris (which is losing market share since The Bust (and I'm not even going into the loss of mind share)) and Java for them to be clear in their...
on Dec 1, 2003
True confession: I love my Mozilla mail filter panel.(For non-mozilla users, this is the ever-present textfield that filters my message headers as I type, making it so very easy to find messages quickly). I'm also wildly fond of browser smart-fields that use auto-complete to recall my userid/password at the umpteen different websites where my memory always shorts. Auto-complete in general has...
on Nov 18, 2003

Java Patterns

As the story goes God devised multiple languages so that men can't build sturctures that span to the heavens. In our small world of programming architectures the men and women of the world are quite busy (with out much help from any Overseer) constructing a confusion of their own. The name of this confusion is called "Configuration". The larger and more complex an architecture is the simpler its...
on Nov 25, 2003
"Nothing but Java? by Daniel H Steinberg -- Since before java.net launched in June (before it was called java.net) we had this notion that the content would not need to be restricted to Java-centric topics but should be of interest to Java developers. There may be Perl or Python related content that might interest you." The above web log prompted me to crystalize an idea that is at the back of...
on Nov 24, 2003
Here at my company our business is all about forms. I’m not talking about HTML forms; I’m talking about business forms such as loan applications, tax reporting statements, etc. We’ve got quite a collection of applications that deal with our forms, and we’ve implemented them in everything from COBOL to Java. We’ve got desktop based applications, browser based...
on Nov 3, 2003

Global Education and Learning

The OOPSLA conference - "Object Oriented Programming, Systems, Languages, and Applications," was held in Anaheim, CA in October '03. In some ways, the conference feels more comfortable than innovative. It's nice to see old friends and visit with new people. I got some useful small ideas, but I didn't walk away learning "the next big thing." Regrettably, attendance was down by a fair bit. One...
on Nov 20, 2003

Java Tools

I like thin clients because of their simplified programming model Thin clients may not be as programmatically rich (they can certainly compete with visual richness) as thick clients. But the bargain is that their (thin) programming model is simpler and consistent. It is a completely different matter that some tool sets try to infuse sophistication into the thin client model with out giving much...
on Nov 15, 2003
What do you do for your data access needs in your applications? This is the question I get asked a lot of times as I go through my new consulting opportunities every few years. My ideas on data acces have changed over the years. And they continue to evolve both by new insights from the field and also by the needs at hand. As a matter of fact, I am currently working on two ideas 1). Declarative...
on Nov 15, 2003
Recently we were tasked with designing a web portal for international researchers to colloborate over the web as part of a Small Business Innovative Research Grant. During the proposal phase we have identified JetSpeed as the portal. As we have started looking into implementing our solution a couple of months ago we ran into lot of road blocks including the basic understanding how portals work....
on Nov 10, 2003

Java Communications

My first experience writing SS7/Voice signaling-to-IP gateways should have been simple right? Wrong! The task of receiving an SS7 message, converting to IP and sending to another system seems easy, but when you start writing the code, the networks start to tangle you up in events, alerts, collisions, performance, scaling, failure, recovery, and all sorts of heartburn that spiral you into a...
on Nov 14, 2003
I've started the snowball rolling for a Communications Services Framework. (CSF) IP telephony deployment has been slowed by some major hurdles, and we have yet to see the "enhanced services" that will really drive the market. I think a web services environment, hosted on Java.Net, through which enhanced communication capabilities could be delivered, combined with a client side API that allows...
on Nov 12, 2003