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The new Mac Community on

Posted by editor on June 25, 2004 at 1:55 PM PDT

With the major Mac and Java conferences, WWDC and JavaOne, sharing San Francisco's Moscone Center for a week it's either a great time or an awful time to be a Mac Java developer: great because you only have to make one trip, awful because you can enjoy only part of each conference.

IBM to Sun: Make Java Open-Source

Posted by editor on February 26, 2004 at 8:22 AM PST

CNet's is reporting today that IBM is urging Sun to make Java open-source.

The Kids Are Alright

Posted by editor on February 24, 2004 at 12:37 PM PST

Kathy Sierra, an author with a weblog of her own, has just posted a tremendously interesting message to Studio B's "Computer Book Publishers" list.

As Your Users Like It

Posted by editor on February 13, 2004 at 3:28 AM PST

'Tis true; for those that she makes fair she scarce
makes honest, and those that she makes honest she
makes very ill-favouredly

-As You Like It, Act I, Scene ii

Kvetch and Ye Shall Receive

Posted by editor on February 3, 2004 at 7:39 AM PST

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.

The Rise of the Media Game

Posted by editor on January 5, 2004 at 12:04 PM PST

No, I have no shame.

Thick As A Brick

Posted by editor on November 14, 2003 at 3:40 AM PST

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.

Toasting Java GUI's

Posted by editor on November 5, 2003 at 3:06 AM PST

My last weblog entry generated some good discussion about Java GUI builder tools and how they should work - how they could be made to save serialized objects instead of code, and how some apps already do this.

Defrosting Java GUI's

Posted by editor on October 30, 2003 at 6:29 AM PST

I presented a session at the O'Reilly Mac OS X conference with the cheerful and innocuous title Why Mac Users Hate Java.

You Call That An Application?

Posted by editor on August 18, 2003 at 1:35 PM PDT

So, I've done the nice Java thing and deployed my applications as executable jars, with properly formatted manifests, and, um...

well, I'm feeling a little underwhelmed.