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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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NetBeans 6.1, UTF-8 encoded source files, and a tale of corruption

Posted by joconner on March 30, 2008 at 2:59 AM PDT

I'm always happy when a company or product adopts Unicode as its charset. I think it makes perfect sense to do so. There are lots of good reasons why standardizing on Unicode is the right thing:

Will blog, write, or program for JavaOne pass

Posted by joconner on March 26, 2008 at 12:01 AM PDT


Beans Binding and my Flex friend

Posted by joconner on March 23, 2008 at 10:53 AM PDT

Beans Binding

Videos and the cubicle effect on content consumption

Posted by joconner on March 20, 2008 at 2:54 PM PDT

They do great work over there on the editorial team, and they've been improving the site with lots of videos lately. The last three featured content pieces have been videos. That's excellent work, but it's inaccessible for a couple reasons.

Should we expect more db acquisitions?

Posted by joconner on February 24, 2008 at 8:10 PM PST

Last month Sun announced it had acquired MySQL, which may very well be the most influential and widespread open source database in the world. Aside from a few announcements, there wasn't nearly as much comment on this as I expected.

Here are the databases that I see being supported at Sun:

Java applets not viable for this application?

Posted by joconner on February 22, 2008 at 10:10 AM PST

I've been working with a company that creates a chat system that helps companies sell more of their products online. The backend is all Java, complete with Spring, servlets...all good Java stuff. The frontend is...well, it's Flash.

Swing Fuse and the Swing Application Framework

Posted by joconner on November 9, 2007 at 2:57 PM PST

Recently I had the opportunity to investigate and write about the Swing Application Framework. Included in that framework is a clever resource injection feature.

Admittedly I'm just learning about the Swing Fuse project, which also provides resource injection.

Developing Java apps for the Playstation, X-Box, or Wii

Posted by joconner on November 5, 2007 at 9:18 AM PST

A business associate recently asked me about the availability of a JRE on the Playstation, X-Box, and Wii. He wants to run his Java media jukebox software on those systems.

Good riddance to the Macbook Pro

Posted by joconner on October 31, 2007 at 11:49 AM PDT

After using a Macbook Pro for almost a year, I've returned it to my employer. The FedEx package should arrive today at their doorstep. What a beautiful machine! What a crisp display! What a cool, little magnetic power supply connector that drops off without pulling my laptop to the floor!

The Java job market is hot!

Posted by joconner on October 29, 2007 at 1:48 AM PDT

After almost 8 years at Sun, I'm moving on. I have enjoyed every minute of my employment here. But business plans, products, and teams change.