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Open Source

I am delighted to announce that several months of hard work finally paid off and we could release jPodder 0.9 last Sunday. If you like podcasting or where wondering what it is or where not quite happy with your current Podcast receiver then you should read on. Podcasting is same as Blogging except that it handles media files instead of text. It enables us to become our own Radio Station but...
on May 24, 2005
I’ve been a close observer of the evolution of the Java platform, and one of the aspects that attracted me since the beginning was its openness. Back in 1996, the JDK 1.0 bundled source code for all public API classes (378Kb!). It was also multiplatform in respect to OS & hardware platforms, and soon a strong multi-vendor platform. As a binary standard, it succeeded where paper-only or...
on May 21, 2005
Apache's Harmony project shows signs of life after the initial frenzy of its proposal with a wiki. (found via JARBUCKS, BTW!)
on May 18, 2005
I just received some spam-mail from the IPv6 summit, titled "The Future of Military, Homeland Defense, and New Economic Opportunities Focus of New Internet Summit". Granted, the good old US DOD started this whole 'Net thing, and I suppose I shouldn't rain on their parade. But as a lifelong pacifist, I found myself rather offended. And, rather than feeling helpless (the DoD will fund what it...
on May 11, 2005
Well, as most the audience of java.net can probably attest, starting a new position w/ a new company is more akin to an initiation than orientation. (Also the cause for my recent blogio silence.) After the first week, I finally got the paperwork done to gain access to the forms I need to start the paperwork. And, now, that old rush, that desire to excel, to exceed expectations, or at least...
on Apr 29, 2005
Recently there've been a couple posts on the future of JMF (or lack thereof), and subsequent (and informative) post (and comments) arguing that future developments in media should support of MPEG-4 ; in particular, this passage (copied intact w/ a bunch of great, much appreciated, embedded reference links): There's one really good choice for such a format today: MPEG-4. It's an open, if...
on Apr 24, 2005
It's been over a month since we added generic script support to genesis, but it was such an interesting experience I've actually considered writing this entry part of my TODO list. I've finally managed to do it, so let's go to the main point before you all fall asleep. Since its inception, genesis has been using JXPath in order to allow users to express conditions that controlls when fields are...
on Apr 24, 2005
Increasingly, I feel like being a good, responsible Java developer no longer means merely being able to write solid code in Java, but rather increasingly it means knowing when not to program in Java. And that's a lot more work. (author's note / disclaimer: I just realized after posting this that the title makes this sound like an entry on domain-specific languages, which would have definitely...
on Apr 18, 2005
I've just left an exciting week in Brazil where I had the honour to be a part of the strong and extensive Java family there. I've written before about Brazil so you may already know the respect I have for the steps the government there is taking to promote community-based software development. But last week there was an important new development, at the "Café Brasil" Java event in the national...
on Apr 14, 2005
Open-source libraries abound. Thousands of projects thrive and (mostly) languish at Apache, SourceForge, CodeHaus and right here at java.net. Project directories like FreshMeat, Java-Source and CodeZoo try to make the chaos look less irregular. But above all the rest, there are projects that have changed the field, some of them declining, and some strong as ever. Here are my top three: JUnit...
on Apr 10, 2005
Zemberek is one of the very interesting projects oriented around the Turkish language and subjects like Natural Language Processing and even spell checking for Turkish. This open source project is something we really like seeing here within the Global Education and Learning Community (GELC) because of its international base. I talked to the owners about themselves and their project. Tell us...
on Mar 6, 2005
Liber is a research laboratory at Pernambuco's Federal University developing projects focusing on Electronic Document Management Systems, Human-Machine Interface, Information Retrieval, and Data Integration. Liber has four major projects: Macunayna: a multimidia EDMS, The Pernambuco's Annals: a textual database created using PostgreSQL and Jakarta Lucene; Theses: compilations from theses and...
on Mar 6, 2005
One of the nuisance tasks at Java.Net is managing user membership requests. We can reduce our burden with a little information both for these requesters and ourselves. Almost every day I get a message from someone that wants the developer role on one of my projects. Most of the time I do not know the person and they usually don't know anything about my project than what they see on its front...
on Feb 22, 2005
How do you manage an open source project? Part of the problems is that most owners of projects fear uncontrolled change. The second problem is really that no one wants to change code because they are afraid of breaking an unwritten rule. The key is as simple as writing downs a few rules that both make project owners feel safe to open up their software and second for contributors to feel that...
on Feb 22, 2005
I just read at JavaLobby a discussion about what James Gosling said of open source developers and compatibility. I consider James a long time friend, and I think he is somewhat right. But the main problem on this Java and Open Source discussion is that there seems to be a lot of misinformation on both sides. We all need to get on the same page, or we'll always be discussing the wrong things... So...
on Feb 9, 2005
Believe it or not, this blog account was set up in April of 2004 but I am just now making my first entry! The reason for this is that I wanted the central theme of this blog to be related to Embedded Java but there was not an Embedded Java community on java.net to associate it with... but now there is :-) On Monday January 31st a new Embedded Java community will make its appearance on java.net...
on Jan 28, 2005
Chinook - http://chinook.dev.java.net/ I love it when a good P2P project using JXTA comes my way. This time it is Bioinformatics and JXTA. Project Chinook has just graduated from the incubator at Global Education and Learning Community (GELC) of java.net. The project's new home is the GELC research area. Let's take a look at it and talk to the project owner to learn more about what this...
on Jan 18, 2005
As this blog shows, almost every imaginable field of the programming has been covered with open source Java projects, all vying for the same #1 spot. It may seem at first that this can only be a good thing, competition driving the creators forward to create better and faster libraries. However, not all is fair in this kingdom. A recent survey that has been performed on the XML data binding...
on Jan 11, 2005
The Global Education and Learning Community welcomes its first projects of 2005. This month we have an automata tester (from a Chinese developer), an eLearning platform based on SCORM, a MIDP RSS client, a virtual console for teaching Java to teenage students (from Mexico), a federated exchange of digital content and rights management, and a set of tools for teaching Algebra in High Schools with...
on Jan 10, 2005
Some of you observant types may have noticed that some recent JSRs, like JAX-WSA list JRL and JDL in section 2.18, "Terms and Conditions". The JRL we knew, it is the Java Research License introduced at J1 '03. The JDL is a new license, the Java Distribution License. IANAL and all disclaimers apply, but, here is my operational micro-summary of these two. JRL and JDL are much simpler that some...
on Dec 13, 2004