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This is the first edition of a new column I'll be writing each weekend titled "java.net: the Week in Review." In the column, I'll present all of the previous week's Java Today news items, a selection of java.net blog posts, polls, and spotlights. I'll organize the presentation by categorizing the featured news items, so if, for example, your interest is JavaEE and GlassFish, you'll be...
on May 1, 2010

J2SE

For a long time, J2SE supporters like myself have said that the big win of J2SE is not only that you "run everywhere" today, but that future Java-capable platforms could pick up and run your software on day one. This would be a great reason to write J2SE applications, and a great reason for platforms to build in Java support. Well, three new platforms made their public debut last week:...
on May 26, 2005
In JMF, wherefor art thou?, Mason Glaves wrote of his frustration with the status of Java Media Framework. Hung up on unfixed bugs and the lack of rival implementations of the spec, he writes: At this point Sun really needs to consider taking action. Either they need to begin active development on the RI again, or they need to come out, officially, and tell the world that they have dropped...
on Apr 21, 2005
OK, first, I'm not bitter. Yes, as Daniel reported, when I did my demo at ADHOC, I did attract some boos when I typed java BadBadThing on the command line. It's OK. It worked, I won a little award, and I got to plug my QTJ book a little (marketing was what I really got booed for, and rightly so!). Actually, this leads to something I've planned to cover in an evergreen blog, a blog for slow...
on Aug 4, 2004
This year was my first time attending JavaOne, and it was a busy week of sessions, keynotes, editing, blogging, and meeting people at the java.net booth and in the halls of Moscone Center. But the conference I really like is coming up in two weeks. ADHOC, which starts two weeks from today in Dearborn, MI, is a multi-platform evolution of the old "MacHack" conference. While Mac stuff will...
on Jul 8, 2004
'Tis true; for those that she makes fair she scarce makes honest, and those that she makes honest she makes very ill-favouredly-As You Like It, Act I, Scene ii As much as I hear people talking about "a renewed interest in Java on the desktop", I hear just as many differences in basic assumptions about what we want or expect from these applications. Conversations with other authors and webloggers...
on Feb 13, 2004
Mac OS X is now officially up-to-date with Java, as Apple has just released a substantial J2SE 1.4.2 implementation that catches up with the latest release version from Sun. Panther (ie, Mac OS X 10.3.x) users can find it in their Software Update. For those wanting a stand-alone installer (hello, sysadmins!), one is available here. The download is about 28 MB. The big news in this update is...
on Feb 3, 2004
One of my grad school instructors, Dr. Muth, used to stress to us that we'd get more mileage out of synthesis, connecting ideas from different sources and combining them into new ideas, than cold analysis, taking a source and stripping it down to its essentials. In that spirit, I'd like to connect the dots between what java.net bloggers and other smart people have been saying recently about "...
on Nov 14, 2003
My last weblog entry generated some good discussion about Java GUI builder tools and how they should work - how they could be made to save serialized objects instead of code, and how some apps already do this. A couple of people made the point that new and better GUI tools won't necessarily result in better applications. jeremyzacker writes: The problem with Java GUIs isn't the language, its the...
on Nov 5, 2003
I presented a session at the O'Reilly Mac OS X conference with the cheerful and innocuous title Why Mac Users Hate Java. Seriously, it's not as bad as it sounds. Read the slides when they go up. What my research (I have a folder with 300+ web site postings and mailing list entries) showed that developers are very happy to be able to develop Java applications on PowerBooks and iBooks, even if...
on Oct 30, 2003
Years ago, I worked at CNN Headline News as a Writer / Associate Producer, which pretty much meant I was an editor, except they paid me the Writer/AP salary (the editors, in turn, were really producers, etc., up and down the corporate ladder). At the time, the de facto standard for newsroom computer systems was "Basys", which wired dumb terminals to a mainframe, and let users view directories,...
on Aug 1, 2003
Anecdotal evidence has been brewing for a while that the Java 3D API has been in a state of decay. Today's events seem to resolve the situation, with a much more promising future for 3D graphics in java than when we woke up this morning, even if that future doesn't seem to include Java3D itself. Much speculation about Java3D has come from developers on Mac OS X, which has never enjoyed a...
on Jul 28, 2003
The idea of the MacHack conference - 48 hours of talking and coding, with an emphasis on doing clever but useless things with code - seems like it would cater exclusively to platform-specific Mac coders. But instead, Java has been a big part of this conference. Ken Arnold's delightful keynote started with principles of good design, both of end-user applications and of API's offered to other...
on Jun 21, 2003