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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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What does Oracle mean for NetBeans?

Posted by joconner on April 21, 2009 at 1:00 AM PDT

By now you know that Oracle intends to purchase Sun. It's a welcome deal that will no doubt be approved by stockholders. It certainly has the board's approval. So let's assume that Oracle will own Sun by the end of summer. Now we can start asking some questions.

JavaFX Quick Tip: Printing to the console

Posted by joconner on April 12, 2009 at 9:30 PM PDT

Like Java, the JavaFX Script has its own println statement. You can use the println statement to print output to the console. This method has already been imported by default, so all you have to do is invoke it.

Java as an incentive for buying servers and operating systems

Posted by joconner on March 9, 2009 at 1:19 AM PDT

Hearing all the frustration surrounding the unavailable JavaFX environment on Linux and Solaris, I remembered a time -- maybe a decade ago -- when Sun actually hoped it could produce the fastest, best Java for Solaris OS and Sparc hardware. The idea was that customers would actually purchase Solaris and Sparc if Java performed the best on those platforms.

Discovering ResourceBundles at runtime

Posted by joconner on March 6, 2009 at 2:34 AM PST


Yesterday a friend asked me a question about Java resource bundles: how can I get my application to discover resource bundles dynamically?

Is the Swing Application Framework necessary now?

Posted by joconner on March 3, 2009 at 12:45 PM PST

OK, I'll bite, and I'll ask the question. Although resurrecting the Swing Application Framework (SAF) is a noble and respectable goal, is that even necessary now with JavaFX?

NetBeans 6.5 still coughs on spaces

Posted by joconner on February 17, 2009 at 11:42 PM PST

I've been trying to slowly introduce NetBeans to my colleagues for over a year. I think they'd actually use it in our current products and projects, but NetBeans won't make it easy for us. How's that you ask?

Do we have a JavaFX Community site?

Posted by joconner on February 16, 2009 at 7:15 PM PST

I know we have, but I wouldn't call that a community site really. You get all the JavaFX announcements, downloads, docs...sure that's important. However, I'm not sure that makes a community site.

Is that place? Maybe it could be, but it's not now. Is it Not really, not yet anyway.

Blu-Ray may be the shortest lived, most irrelevant format ever

Posted by joconner on January 7, 2009 at 12:38 AM PST

This week's poll asks the question "What was the most important Java news of 2008?" One of the optional answers is "Blu-Ray wins format war." That's a reasonable option I suppose. Tthe Java community should definitely be happy that Java plays a role in the Blu-Ray technology space by being in many or most (all?) of the players.

Installing JavaFX 1.0 in NetBeans 6.5 IDE

Posted by joconner on December 4, 2008 at 9:03 AM PST

You might want to go directly over the the JavaFX website to download the JavaFX SDK, but if you work in NetBeans 6.5 you don't have to bother. JavaFX 1.0 is available to NetBeans 6.5 users with only a few mouse clicks. Seriously, only a few mouse clicks will get the JavaFX SDK plugin for you and integrate it directly into your NetBeans 6.5 IDE.

NetBeans, your IDE, and your community

Posted by joconner on November 25, 2008 at 11:55 PM PST

NetBeans 6.5