I have nothing technical to add to the debate. However, I have been monitoring the recent java.net poll that asks "How important is it to you that JDK 7 offers a new property syntax?" The results so far seem to indicate that almost two-thirds of the voters just don't need a new syntax.
A new year, new beginnings. Times like this always make me resolve impossible things. Fortunately, there's one thing I can follow through with.
Slowly, slowly, step by step...we have to be getting closer to the actual release date of Java SE 6. You know it's just right around the corner...sometime soon. So, when I got a new Mac OS X laptop a couple months ago, I didn't want to be without my favorite development platform.
Earlier this year, Australia made changes to their time zones that required a completely new JRE.
IBM has been requesting an open source Java for years. Back in early February 2004, IBM started sending its open letters to Sun.
You know I enjoy using NetBeans, so you'll not be surprised about my enthusiasm for NetBeans 5.5. Of course, you also know that I like to be clear and direct about my experiences using this and other tools, and I've blogged about some of my successes and frustrations with NetBeans. I do think NetBeans is turning into a great tool for creating Java applications.
Several weeks ago, I tried to solve a form layout problem with NetBeans GUI Builder, sometimes known as Matisse. I shared that experience, and many of you had comments.
Many of you made comments on my last blog about the frame specification. I think there are lots of ways to do this particular demo, many of them bad. I'm positive that what I show here will not look right to anyone. I apologize now that I am not a UI designer, never have been, and I won't even play one on TV.
My recent blog about NetBeans GUI Builder (Matisse) and GroupLayout have encouraged a vigorous debate. Except for a fertile forum for comments, I've contributed practically nothing to the conversation and I feel somewhat intimidated by the brain power and energy that go into the discussions.