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Open source project beginnings

Posted by robogeek on August 9, 2006 at 11:58 AM PDT

Many thoughts bubbled up from listening to FLOSS Weekly 11: Guido van Rossum ... so here's a couple.

First, they discussed the major complaint against Python, a complaint that has kept me from learning the language lo these many years since I first heard of it way back in the early 90's.

How many of your Windows apps use the native Windows UI?

Posted by robogeek on August 3, 2006 at 7:01 AM PDT

Here's an interesting question: How many of your Windows apps use the native Windows UI? (

Useful quality metrics to publish?

Posted by robogeek on July 30, 2006 at 11:56 AM PDT

"We" are having planning and discussion about how to handle Sun's Java implementation as open source. I've seen several articles and blog postings from the folk directly involved in the discussions, and it's all very interesting.

Java DB in the JDK, and SQL in desktop applications

Posted by robogeek on July 18, 2006 at 1:27 PM PDT

There was a little "discussion" about the inclusion of Java DB into the JDK. I was on vacation and didn't read it too deeply.

At least a) it's only in the JDK, and it's the JRE download size that's more of an issue than is the JDK download size ... b) it's not in rt.jar but instead a separate directory in the JDK ...

COBOL isn't dead, it just smells funny

Posted by robogeek on June 18, 2006 at 7:42 PM PDT

I was thinking the other day - what with the Visual Basic compiler for Java, it would make sense for there to be a COBOL compiler for Java. That way we could draw on yet another large body of software to run on top of the Java runtime.

Okay, so I get strange thoughts occasionally.

Of course the first step would be a grammer to parse the language ..

Open source project maintanence

Posted by robogeek on June 14, 2006 at 3:12 PM PDT

You may have heard of this announcement "it's a matter of when" .. well, that's turned into a lot of planning and meetings and discussions inside the java team.

Installing the JRE on Ubuntu, with alternatives support

Posted by robogeek on June 4, 2006 at 9:06 AM PDT

ellioth's blog entry on upgrading to Dapper Drake (ubuntu 6.06) makes it sound safe and simple to do, so maybe I'll take the dive.

You can fix the JDK today

Posted by robogeek on May 20, 2006 at 9:01 AM PDT

We have been accepting code contributions, for bug fixes, from the public for over a year. The program is described on the project page.

Quick test of Resin's PHP support -- using Drupal

Posted by robogeek on May 19, 2006 at 1:08 PM PDT

I have some web sites that I publish for myself. There's some history to this, but last year I chose the Drupal content management system. It has a great featureset and a large community surrounding it. It is written using PHP and works pretty well.


Distributing Sun's Java to Debian, Ubuntu, Gentoo, Open Solaris, ..and, "it's a matter of 'how'"

Posted by robogeek on May 16, 2006 at 12:00 PM PDT

I'm at Java ONE. I've been up to my eyeballs in work on a project which Jonathan announced this morning. The project had a brief enough mention that I want to explain it to y'all.

If you watched the keynote you saw Mark Shuttleworth come up for a brief chitchat about stuff, and what it's like to be in space.