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Josh Marinacci

Josh Marinacci first tried Java in 1995 at the request of his favorite TA and never looked back. He is a blogger and co-author of Swing Hacks for O’Reilly. He is currently a Developer Advocate for the webOS at Palm, Inc. He previously worked on JavaFX, Swing, NetBeans, and client lead for the Java Store at Sun Microsystems. Josh lives in Eugene, Oregon and is passionate about open source technology & great user interfaces. He uses a Palm Pre, MacBook Pro, and Nikon D50 SLR to spread understanding of great design in software.


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JavaOne Exhaustion (with links!)

Posted by joshy on May 19, 2008 at 1:46 PM PDT

So another JavaOne has come to an end. This time I think I finally tried to simply do too much. I'm lucky I didn't get the Moscone flu. Still, all in all, I think we had a good showing. I'm disappointed that the JavaFX SDK had to wait until July, but I'm glad we made the decision to put quality above meeting a conference deadline.

JavaOne video blogs with Rachel Hill

Posted by joshy on May 6, 2008 at 11:09 PM PDT

My first two video blogs with Rachel Hill are up. The first is a sneak peek of what's coming during my demo prep.

Posted by joshy on May 6, 2008 at 10:59 PM PDT

We launched today. I'm very excited about this site since I was personally involved in putting it together. We have videos of the JavaFX demos from each keynote as well as explanations of what JavaFX is, where you can get more info, and a signup page to get the SDK when it's ready.

My keynote demo

Posted by joshy on May 6, 2008 at 4:09 PM PDT

Well, the initial showing didn't go so well. The main parts worked but it crashed twice on stage when my boss demoed it. When we showed it again this afternoon and added Jabber support live, everything worked beautifully. I guess the demo gods were happy the second time around.

Hear me on RIA Weekly

Posted by joshy on April 30, 2008 at 10:01 PM PDT

I almost forgot in the rush up to JavaOne that I recently appeared (is that possible in an audio only podcast?) in lucky episode 13 of the RIA weekly. RIA Weekly is a podcast by Michael Cote of RedMonk and Ryan Stewart of Adobe. I talked about JavaOne, our general goals for JavaFX, how the pieces of JavaFX came together, and what it's like working on designer tools.

JavaOne is like Christmas

Posted by joshy on April 19, 2008 at 8:33 AM PDT

You may be wondering why I haven't blogged recently, or why some of the JavaFX lists have died down, or more generally just what the heck we are all doing these days. Well, there's something you need to understand:

At the speed of JavaFX

Posted by joshy on April 6, 2008 at 11:19 AM PDT

As we all rush headlong into JavaOne prep someone (okay it was James Gosling) sent me an email about performance of JavaFX. Speed is a crucial issue for anything dealing with user interfaces, so we care deeply about performance in our work with JavaFX. On the other hand we are focusing on bug fixes and correctness right now, not optimization, so it's not as fast as it could be.

Back from Australia

Posted by joshy on April 5, 2008 at 6:15 PM PDT

Okay, so I've actually been back for several weeks, but JavaOne stuff has kept me super busy.

I had a simply awesome time in Syndey. It's really a great city to visit. Very clean and friendly. And some truly excellent coffee. If you ever go be sure to order a flat white.

Bleg: do you know of any good forum software?

Posted by joshy on March 29, 2008 at 1:10 PM PDT

Today I think I shall use the power of my blog for evil instead of good. Well, maybe not evil but at least for my own personal gain.

You need at least 386 Power

Posted by joshy on March 18, 2008 at 9:01 AM PDT

This is some old videos from the early days of the internet. And by videos I mean VHS. Videos from the mid 1990s that taught you about what the internet is and how to use it. Check out the screenshots of Yahoo circa 1995 and the mention of Gopher.

Internet Power, Volume 1: Flashback to the VHS-Era Web