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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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Customize Your JList Display

Posted by joconner on November 5, 2005 at 4:55 PM PST

Have you ever tried to display something within a Swing JList only to be disappointed at the displayed text for that object? Swing JList components don't always display the text you'd like for a specific object least not by default. You can control the text that JList displays by creating a custom ListCellRenderer.

JavaOne Tokyo '05: Map of Tokyo International Forum

Posted by joconner on November 5, 2005 at 11:01 AM PST

Trying to find your way around the International Forum? Use this TOKYO INTERNATIONAL FORUM Map to find out just how lost your are.

JavaOne Tokyo '05: Hotel rooms and technology

Posted by joconner on November 3, 2005 at 5:58 PM PST

Several weeks ago, I booked my hotel room using a fancy, online reservation system. Everything looked great. Good area in Shibuya with a room overlooking Shinjuku, just minutes from the Shibuya station. After an unusual panic attack, I decided to actually call (after all these years with email, I can still use the telephone) the hotel to confirm my reservation.

JavaOne Tokyo '05: Keynote Addresses

Posted by joconner on November 2, 2005 at 4:09 PM PST

Beginning Nov 8, you can attend the keynote addresses...apparently for free if you happen to be in the area.

Here's the line-up:

Bidirectional Text Inconsistencies: Bug # 4701238

Posted by joconner on November 2, 2005 at 3:57 PM PST

I received an email from one of my good friends in the Java internationalization group at Sun. He's asking for feedback on how his group should fix a bidirectional text layout bug in Swing. His email explains it quite well, so I quote it below.

JavaOne Tokyo '05: NetBeans Software Day

Posted by joconner on November 1, 2005 at 11:55 AM PST

You could win a NetBeans t-shirt! But more importantly, you'll find out why Sun thinks NetBeans is the ベスト (best) IDE and application development platform.

Attend NetBeans Software Day on Nov 7 from 1:00 PM in Hall B of the Tokyo International Forum.

NetBeans 5.0 Beta...ouch

Posted by joconner on October 31, 2005 at 5:51 PM PST

I recently discovered Sudoku and decided I'd use NetBeans 5.0 to develop a Java version of the game. I thought it would be a good way for me to play with the latest NetBeans and its new GUI layout tool called Matisse.

JavaOne Tokyo '05: Session schedule

Posted by joconner on October 10, 2005 at 11:19 PM PDT

flag_jp.gif Patience, patience...good things can't be rushed. But we're not so far away from the conference, and I'm ready to create my session schedule. Unfortunately the schedule isn't posted...we don't know who will speak or when.

Contributing to Mustang: Contributor status granted

Posted by joconner on October 10, 2005 at 11:13 PM PDT

Just a little surprised, I got an answer to my faxed contributor agreement within two days. I had heard of unanswered faxes lingering, perhaps unseen or forgotten, for as long as a couple months...but that isn't my experience.

Contributing to Mustang: The Process Map

Posted by joconner on October 6, 2005 at 2:38 PM PDT

Two days ago I faxed my contributor agreement to gain "contributor" status for the Mustang project. This step is necessary to fully participate in Java SE 6 (Mustang) development. Those Mustang guys have lots of work on their hands, so it's still way too early to expect a response.