Mac OS X is now officially up-to-date with Java, as Apple has just released a substantial J2SE 1.4.2 implementation that catches up with the latest release version from Sun. Panther (ie, Mac OS X 10.3.x) users can find it in their Software Update.
One of my grad school instructors, Dr. Muth, used to stress to us that we'd get more mileage out of synthesis, connecting ideas from different sources and combining them into new ideas, than cold analysis, taking a source and stripping it down to its essentials.
Years ago, I worked at CNN
Headline News as a Writer / Associate Producer, which pretty much
meant I was an editor, except they paid me the Writer/AP salary (the
editors, in turn, were really producers, etc., up and down the
Anecdotal evidence has been brewing for a while that the Java 3D API has been in a state of decay. Today's events seem to resolve the situation, with a much more promising future for 3D graphics in java than when we woke up this morning, even if that future doesn't seem to include Java3D itself.
Hey, I used to work in the wireless software industry... and of course, any sentence that begins with that phrase usually ends in "and we all got laid off". Which we did. But despite that experience, I still have a passing interest in J2ME, even though that the tools for it aren't available on Mac OS X.
The idea of the MacHack conference - 48 hours of talking and coding, with an emphasis on doing clever but useless things with code - seems like it would cater exclusively to platform-specific Mac coders. But instead, Java has been a big part of this conference.