A few months ago, just returned from Jazoon, a few italian JUG leaders and members started thinking about a strange fact. In spite of a quite large number of JUGs and of the relative short distance among them (usually 100-200km), we keep on meeting only abroad during events such as JavaPolis or Jazoon and we seldom do in our country.
... or whatever they will call it.
The concept is that we will have a Java core ("kernel") with a small footprint (a few megabytes) and the runtime will be able to download other parts of the JRE. My question: where is the boundary of the "downloadable stuff"? Will be available only the set of JARs that is today in Java 6?
Are you a Java developer/architect interested in Rich Internet Applications? Curious about JavaFX? Do you use AJAX? Interested in some comparison with Adobe's Flex?
Well, a good architect should know, in addition to his/her favourite stuff, also some of the most important competing technologies - just to be more aware of his/her own choices.
After being present at three NetBeans Days in a week (Rome, Milan, Cagliari) my admiration for NetBeans evangelists has increased.
In fact, not only they are technically excellent, but they prove to have a high physical resistance! Changing so many towns in several days and, in spite of that, being fresh and relaxed to deliver a high level presentation is not easy.
Just a quick reminder: the elections for the NetBeans Governance Board are in progress. It's a group of three persons that deal with irresolvable disputes about the evolution of NetBeans (something that usually happens seldom, but it may happen).
By the end of the year, blueMarine should hopefully spin off another sub-project: ForceTen, focused on the world of map rendering and geotagging.
So, it's high time we ignored all those useless polls "which language do you use most?" or those brain-damaging inferences about programming book sells or job ads - the really important point is that Dilbert codes in Java. Nothing else matters. ;-)
In the latest days I've writing some code to investigate about how hard or easy would be to extend blueMarine capabilities to manage movies in addition to photos.
The Visual Library is one of the coolest things that the NetBeans guys delivered with NetBeans 6. It is a rich API which allows you to create a sort of "blackboard" where objects can be added, removed, edited, moved, resized, and connected in a visual graph.