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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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Professional Swing UIs with NetBeans GUI Builder

Posted by joconner on May 18, 2006 at 2:58 PM PDT

Jan Stola, Tomas Pavek, and Scott Violet discussed the motivations behind the latest graphical user interface builder available in NetBeans. The NetBeans GUI Builder, once labeled Matisse, is available in NetBeans version 5 and later.

Open Source Java!

Posted by joconner on May 16, 2006 at 10:41 PM PDT

I never thought it would happen. After all, I dismissed the idea of an open source Java platform once already.

Twelve Reasons to Use Sun Java Studio Creator 2 IDE

Posted by joconner on May 16, 2006 at 4:19 PM PDT

Java Studio Creator 2, based on the popular NetBeans development environment, provides plenty of reasons to start using it today. It's freely available at Sun's Developer site. If you went to the JavaOne session today, you already know the reasons, but if not, I'll share them here with you.

NetBeans Day San Francisco

Posted by joconner on May 15, 2006 at 5:40 PM PDT

Fast Facts

  • Approximately 800 people in attendance
  • Over 10 million NetBeans downloads
  • Over 30,000 NetBeans CDs shipped worldwide
  • More than 100 partners support NetBeans

SwiXml alternative for Java GUIs

Posted by joconner on May 4, 2006 at 12:28 PM PDT

I don't want to declare Java's code based layout dead yet, but I think a new way of creating GUIs must be considered. One of the huge benefits of coding on the Microsoft platforms has been their great tools and support for creating user interfaces with a simple resource language. You remember .rc files right. You could edit them in any editor.

Schedule Builder

Posted by joconner on May 2, 2006 at 3:11 PM PDT

In the past, you could create an online schedule for JavaOne and attend those planned sessions...or not. You had the flexibility to attend what you planned or to go with the flow. And you were never completely turned away from a session. Sure, you might not get to see the session in the original room.

Sun Sets on Scott McNealy

Posted by joconner on April 24, 2006 at 4:31 PM PDT

Although rumors flew a month or so ago, I didn't believe it. Scott denied he was leaving the company...and he hasn't. However, there is a new CEO at Sun Microsystems. Jonathan Schwartz is the new CEO. You can read more about this news:

National Poetry Month, Fibonacci, and Java

Posted by joconner on April 21, 2006 at 1:50 PM PDT

Some of the best Java programmers I know have an artistic side. When I first started working at Sun Microsystems many years ago, I was amazed that so many people play musical instruments, write short stories and fiction, perform in plays, and even dabble in poetry.

Sun Releases Java DB

Posted by joconner on March 30, 2006 at 1:11 PM PST

The Apache Derby project is gaining momentum with heavyweight contributors like IBM and now Sun. Sun recently announced its support of the lightweight, embeddable database, and now has it available under their "Java DB" brand name.

Australian Time Zone Changes Affect Java Apps

Posted by joconner on March 20, 2006 at 9:41 AM PST

We'll do anything for sports...and in Australia, they'll even delay their normal switch back from Daylight Saving Time or Summer Time. The change would have happened on March 26 2006, but to accommodate the Commonwealth Games this year, the change will be on April 2 instead.