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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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LeagueSite: Creating a db with Java Studio Creator 2

Posted by joconner on October 9, 2006 at 12:05 AM PDT

I began using Java Studio Creator 2 just a couple weeks ago in an effort to create a Java technology based website for my community's Little League. My first task was to create a database. I started using Creator with the impression that it would assist me with that.

Better GUIs are one step closer

Posted by joconner on October 5, 2006 at 12:58 AM PDT

How many times have you walked away from a problem, beaten and worn down, only to return with the solution in hand? I knew I'd figure out my layout problem eventually. It didn't happen immediately, but it did happen. The situation just required a little breathing room.

Fighting with NetBeans GUI Builder

Posted by joconner on October 3, 2006 at 12:24 AM PDT

I really like NetBeans 5.5 Beta's GUI Builder. However, after fighting with it for the last 3 hours, it's time to just get up and walk away for a you might do when you find yourself getting extremely frustrated with a loved one. I don't want any hurt feelings for me or the NetBeans team.

LeagueSite: Java in the Little League

Posted by joconner on September 30, 2006 at 4:16 PM PDT

My quest to implement a Little League website with all Java technologies starts today...when I get home from the kids' soccer games. After announcing my next public experiment to create a Little League baseball site for my community, I'm beginning to realize the enormous task that I've created for myself.

Goodbye Major League Baseball and Hello Little League

Posted by joconner on September 29, 2006 at 2:44 AM PDT

We love baseball in my home, and my three boys play in our local Little League. I usually welcome the opportunity to help out with the league since I get to spend some extra time with the kids and perform community service too.

JDK 5.0 for Ubuntu x64, no applets or Java Web Start?

Posted by joconner on September 20, 2006 at 9:04 PM PDT

Thanks to everyone that provided suggestions and tips for installing Ubuntu and JDK 5.0. I am happy to say that JDK 5.0 installed easily enough when I followed the rules precisely. If you're going to try this, you'll need to follow the JDK distro instructions for Ubuntu.

Ubuntu, Free Software, and Sun's JDK

Posted by joconner on September 19, 2006 at 2:16 PM PDT

I may have just experienced the easiest OS install of my life. I've been a long time Windows user, and I'm just now hoping to move completely away from that to Solaris or a Linux flavor. My employer recently provided me a new desktop from Sun Microsystems. It was supposed to have Solaris 10, but it was pretty much brain dead from the first boot.

U.S. Daylight Saving Time Changes in 2007

Posted by joconner on September 14, 2006 at 10:59 AM PDT

timezone.jpgThis problem is not going away.

Internationalization 101: Setting up a fallback font

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

The Problem
Have you ever seen a desktop application that displays question marks or maybe block symbols instead of the correct characters? You know the characters: ???? or □□□□. Maybe you have localized your app to Japanese or Chinese, and those characters just aren't displayed properly.

Text Normalization...what's that?

Posted by joconner on August 23, 2006 at 11:52 AM PDT

You remember that I once said that String's equal method just isn't enough sometimes. The reason is that the equal method just doesn't understand combining characters. Like it or not, the Unicode standard allows us to create equivalent text in multiple ways.