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We are making progress on the next release of Leonardo, an open source desktop Java drawing program. One of the key features scheduled for the next release is a webservice that lets users save and share reusable symbols they've created. For example, someone could create a set of GWT mockup widgets, then share this set with others. The challenge I face is that I'm mainly a client side developer....
on Dec 7, 2010

GUI

Ruby Red, the first full release of Leonardo Sketch is ready for download. Leonardo is a desktop open source drawing program written entirely in Java. In this first version of Leonardo, features include: Full vector drawing with shapes, paths, groups, and images. Export to PNG, PDF, SVG, and HTML Canvas. Sharing via Email and Twitter Integrated Flickr image search Installer builds for windows...
on Nov 22, 2010
Lots of people have opined on Apple's iPad, many deriding it's closed nature and lack of features.  The thing is, those problems don't matter to most people. The iPad isn't for you or me. It's for everyone else. I've spent the last 20 years hoping we would have the technology to build such a device, even though I knew it was a device I would not personally use. But that doesn't matter.. Make...
on Feb 4, 2010
You might be wondering where I've been the past few months. JavaFX and Java Store work has definitely heated up, which has taken up the bulk of my time. I've also been working on Project Maitai, a tool for reactive visual artwork, as well as traveling to Sweden to speak at OreDev. Now that the Oracle acquisition has received approval (or at least been approved to receive approval), I'm hoping...
on Jan 4, 2010
As many of you may know, user interface design is a passion of mine. I want software that both looks pretty and acts well. I've had lots of ideas on the topic, often bleeding over into art and traditional design, in addition to usability. After thinking about it for a couple of years I've finally decided to create a blog dedicated to the topic: www.joshondesign.com At Josh On Design I'll be...
on Oct 20, 2009

Swing

A decade from now 90% of people will use phones, slates, or netbooks as their primary computing device. This is a very exciting development in the software world and promises to reshape the way we make software (check out the great stuff our lead developer is doing in his day job at Palm), but Amino isn't for that world. Amino about that 10%: the content creators who need killer desktop apps, the...
on Oct 9, 2010

Web Services and XML

As part of some open source stuff I've been doing on the side I've had to generate and parse a lot of XML. I like working with the DOM because it's tree structure cleanly matches my needs, but the W3C API is *so* cumbersome. The DOM was designed to be implemented in any language, not just clean OO languages like Java, so any code using it will work but be ugly. After considering a few other XML...
on Jun 28, 2010

JSP

I'm excited to show you all one of the things I've been working on since I joined Palm. Palm Hot Apps Today we launched a new microsite called Palm Hot Apps. This is a leader board for our Hot Apps promotion, where the top selling & downloaded apps compete to earn bonuses between $1,000 and $100,000 dollars. Since this is a competition we wanted to have a constantly updated site that shows...
on Apr 12, 2010