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David Herron

David Herron is a writer and green technology advocate living in Silicon Valley. He had worked for 10+ years in the Java SE Quality Engineering team. Work there included open source community engagement, mentoring team members, running contests, developing test suites and GUI test automation tools. He was a co-author of the original java.awt.Robot class. His prior experience is in development roles, in cross-platform GUI toolkits, and electronic mail systems. David graduated from the University of Kentucky in 1988. David's other blog sites include David Herron .com, Seven General Ruminations (covering sustainability, alternate energy, etc), VisForVoltage (an electric vehicle discussion forum) and writing for as the Green Transportation Examiner.


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It will be (Open)JDK7 where OpenJDK==JDK

Posted by robogeek on January 5, 2009 at 2:48 PM PST

I'm listening to the 'holidays 2008ish' episode of Javaposse and in reviewing their last years predictions they have enough fumbling around the status of OpenJDK that I want to do a little bit of explaining.

OpenJDK 6 != JDK 6

Using an external library w/ JavaFX app

Posted by robogeek on December 4, 2008 at 5:27 PM PST

I've been toying with doing a blog or podcast aggregator with JavaFX. I have a feeling that the strengths of JavaFX, animation, graphics, media, etc, could be put to good use in such an app. Additionally most podcasters put little player widgets on their site, and JavaFX could offer an alternative to the flash based player widgets.

JavaFX 1.0 is launched

Posted by robogeek on December 4, 2008 at 4:17 PM PST

You can view the updated site, launch videos, sample apps, and more, at .. well .. when the server comes back up, it's having a little bit of trouble at this moment. Anyway, I want to post a few thoughts..

The upcoming JCP Java ME Executive Committee Election

Posted by robogeek on November 11, 2008 at 1:29 PM PST

Just in case you're not all election'd out, and just in case the recent election in the U.S. gave you some hope that things can change through elections, here's an opportunity to affect the direction of Java ME.

Sun Shows Signs of Life

Posted by robogeek on November 9, 2008 at 7:56 AM PST

The Sun Shows Signs of Life "After two-plus years of..generally eerie calm..sun is finally showing signs of life.."I think..minimum is behind us," says sun..statement is prompted by an October flurry.."This represents a real increase in .. activity."..Hathaway tamps down the excitement: "We're still years away from ..

Is there a standard way to deploy a Java application?

Posted by robogeek on October 24, 2008 at 8:50 AM PDT

I've been thinking about this a bit recently and a comment on the javaposse google group tipped me into blogging mode. While discussing the recent shipping of JDK 6u10 Reinier Zwitserloot said On windows, and on linux, there is no java at all. It has to be installed separately. This is supremely annoying.

6u10 is out!

Posted by robogeek on October 21, 2008 at 9:38 AM PDT

We finally know the value for N in the equation 6uN .. N = 10.

Browser makers walled javascript garden

Posted by robogeek on August 27, 2008 at 12:07 PM PDT

Why JavaFX should be inlineable with HTML raises an interesting question in my mind. He's making a number of suggestions about JavaFX and many boil down to the power of "View Source" and perhaps JavaFX script code should be directly runnable as part of the source of a web page.

OpenJDK in 10 yrs?

Posted by robogeek on August 25, 2008 at 11:27 AM PDT

Frans Thamura asks an interesting question... What do you think of OpenJDK 10 years from Now? .. gosh. Okay, we first have to ignore the wags cluck-clucking over Sun's stock price and issuing warnings of doom. But hey it's a great question, what will be the significance of the OpenJDK 10 yrs from now?

R.I.P Usenet: 1980-2008 ?? Huh?

Posted by robogeek on July 31, 2008 at 7:57 PM PDT

R.I.P Usenet: 1980-2008 ?? Surely you jest, surely this is one of those "the rumors of my death are greatly exaggerated" moments? Ah, but, there is some kernels of truth to the story..