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John O'Conner

John O'Conner is a software architect, consultant, author, and speaker. After many years developing the internationalization features of the Java platform at Sun Microsystems, he is now actually trying to use those features in real world projects.


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New property syntax in JDK 7...yawn, ho-hum

Posted by joconner on January 16, 2007 at 10:26 PM PST

I have nothing technical to add to the debate. However, I have been monitoring the recent 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.

Starting off on the right thread

Posted by joconner on January 11, 2007 at 7:27 PM PST

A new year, new beginnings. Times like this always make me resolve impossible things. Fortunately, there's one thing I can follow through with.

What's the value of Sun Certification?

Posted by joconner on January 9, 2007 at 1:35 AM PST

Last month the article Getting Sun Certified on the Java Platform appeared on the Java developer site.

Java SE 6 on Mac OS X

Posted by joconner on November 30, 2006 at 6:34 PM PST

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.

Updating time zone data just got easier

Posted by joconner on November 26, 2006 at 6:52 PM PST

Earlier this year, Australia made changes to their time zones that required a completely new JRE.

Open source Java: You just can't please everyone

Posted by joconner on November 22, 2006 at 1:45 AM PST

IBM has been requesting an open source Java for years. Back in early February 2004, IBM started sending its open letters to Sun.

Create Great Looking GUIs with NetBeans 5.5

Posted by joconner on November 19, 2006 at 11:52 PM PST

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.

Layout Manager Showdown: We have results!

Posted by joconner on October 25, 2006 at 5:53 PM PDT

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.

More Information about the Address Book Frame

Posted by joconner on October 12, 2006 at 11:04 PM PDT

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.

Layout Manager Showdown

Posted by joconner on October 11, 2006 at 1:42 AM PDT

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.