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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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Contributing to Mustang: Waiting on a fax reply

Posted by joconner on October 4, 2005 at 3:10 PM PDT

If you're new to this particular blog thread, let me review. First, Sun has invited everyone to participate in Mustang development. Take a look at the site...invitations everywhere to participate. Second, I'm experimenting with the invitation in public via this blog. I'm following the steps to become a contributor to the Mustang project.

Contributing to Mustang: Signing the agreement

Posted by joconner on October 3, 2005 at 7:09 PM PDT

I downloaded the source and binaries over the weekend, took a look around, and have decided that yes I do actually want to continue this experiment. I want to make a contribution to the product. I want to fix a bug. However, downloading the code is just the beginning of the process.

Contributing to Mustang: The Source and Binary Download

Posted by joconner on September 30, 2005 at 9:45 AM PDT

To make any contribution to the working Java product, you need the source and binary distributions. Turns out you can get that without any sort of group or membership at all. Just a quick review of the license...ahem...a careful study of the license, and I'm just a click away from all that Mustang code.

Contributing to Mustang: Got

Posted by joconner on September 29, 2005 at 10:06 AM PDT

I feel like I may have started the experiment unfairly by locking some of you out of the experience. My steps so far to contributing to Mustang worked for me, but they may not work for you. Why? Because you may not be a registered member.

Contributing to Mustang: An Experiment Begins

Posted by joconner on September 28, 2005 at 10:00 AM PDT

Sun wants the community to contribute to Mustang (Java SE 6) development. The call to arms is all over the website with click through icons that send readers to the Mustang community site.

JavaOne Tokyo '05: Getting There

Posted by joconner on September 27, 2005 at 10:24 AM PDT

Considering that the event is actually in Tokyo, Japan, it's no surprise that most information about the event is also in Japanese. Hmmm...that may be a little problem for many gaijin (外人) or foreigners. Trying to be helpful, I'm sharing what I know about how to get to Tokyo International Forum (東京国際フォーラム).

JavaOne Tokyo 2005

Posted by joconner on September 26, 2005 at 6:00 PM PDT

flag_jp.gifWhen you get a chance to go to JavaOne, you don't pass it. And when you get a chance to go to JavaOne Tokyo, well, you really make an effort to make the most of it!

OpenOffice Blog Extension

Posted by joconner on September 21, 2005 at 6:01 PM PDT

On a recent trip to Blogger, I noticed a new tool: a blog toolbar for Word. How convenient! You can review, edit, and even post new blogs to Blogger from Word...nice. There's only one problem...what if I can't use Word? What if I don't want to use Word? What if I want to use OpenOffice instead? What if I want to blog to instead?

Understanding Locale

Posted by joconner on September 20, 2005 at 6:46 PM PDT

You know I have a soft spot for the internationalization APIs. So, whenever I see or write something that might help you to internationalize your application, I like to pass it on. Yes, I wrote it, but don't hold that against the article...or me.

JavaChina...I can't believe I missed the party

Posted by joconner on September 16, 2005 at 6:48 PM PDT

I was poking around recently and found out that JavaOne in San Francisco isn't the only big time party/conference for Java enthusiasts. It turns out that the Chinese like a little Java fun too. In what may be the biggest Java conference in the world, JavaChina took place just this week! I can't believe I missed it.