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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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Cool Stuff at JavaOne

Posted by joconner on March 16, 2006 at 8:39 AM PST

JavaOne comes around May this year. The track category "Cool Stuff" promises to be innovative and eye-opening. You can check out the planned Cool Stuff sessions.

Contributing to Mustang: Fixed in Release B70

Posted by joconner on February 11, 2006 at 3:10 AM PST

Curious about the Mustang Collaboration effort, I decided to give it a try. Sun is a big company, they're asking for public collaboration on a huge software project, and I wondered if public submissions would actually find their way into the product.

Using the Desktop API in Java SE 6 (Mustang)

Posted by joconner on February 7, 2006 at 3:52 PM PST

The Java platform has come a long way in its effort to minimize the difference between the performance and integration of native applications and Java applications.

Character Conversions from Browser to Database

Posted by joconner on January 25, 2006 at 12:06 PM PST

In route to their final storage destination on the World Wide Web, characters move through various layers of programming interfaces and can cross software and hardware boundaries.

Contributing to Mustang: Integrating the fix for bug #4994762

Posted by joconner on January 10, 2006 at 10:37 AM PST

After coming out of holiday hibernation, Sun shows signs of integrating the bug fix I contributed late last month. I received an email thanking me for the fix. Brief, but containing everything I wanted to know, the email is below:

Contributing to Mustang: A submitted bug fix

Posted by joconner on December 22, 2005 at 3:58 PM PST

After so long anticipating this moment, after the deed is done, I feel like it was too easy. I'm definitely experiencing an anticlimax.

Contributing to Mustang: Low hanging fruit

Posted by joconner on December 22, 2005 at 2:01 AM PST

After a brief rest from this public Mustang community experiment, I'm back. And I've found the perfect's easy to fix, very low hanging fruit that's just right for a new contributor to Mustang. What is it? It's bug/change request id #4994762, and I'm all over it.

Character Conversions from Browser to Database

Posted by joconner on December 20, 2005 at 4:07 PM PST

It's relatively easy to enter multilingual text into a rich client, Swing application. Doing so in a browser-based, web application isn't always as easy.

JavaOne Tokyo '05: Project Looking Glass

Posted by joconner on November 12, 2005 at 4:21 AM PST

Project Looking Glass must have a special appeal in Japan. Although the project gets plenty of attention in the U.S., it seems especially popular in Japan.

JavaOne Tokyo '05: EJB 3.0 Hands on Labs

Posted by joconner on November 11, 2005 at 12:38 AM PST


Hands on labs were quite popular at JavaOne Tokyo. This particular lab taught how to use EJB 3.0. Many of the labs were filled to capacity.