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Back in August, I had a contest to write an XSLT stylesheet to format the java.net issues. I did announce the winner, but I didn't share the software. Here it is. Format your java.net issues as XML, save it to a file. In the same directory as the saved XML file, download this jar file, and this XSLT file. Run java -jar jevelopersCSunXSLT.jar <xml source file>...
on Feb 4, 2009
So here I am: Yet Another Java Blogger. Some more guy that you never have heard of ever before. One more guy convinced his weird thoughts are worth getting published. One more feed to subscribe. But who the heck is that strange guy and why does he think that anybody will ever have interest in his distorted view of the world? Well, first of all, sorry for shocking The Empire with my subversive...
on Feb 1, 2009
As of last Thursday, January 22, I stopped working for Sun because of a reduction in force. The past 20+ years of my technical writing career there were indescribably rewarding and fulfilling and I have my collaborators, editors, and numerous other colleagues to thank. Their professionalism, support, camaraderie, and the stellar examples that they set are invaluable to me. Blogging on java.net in...
on Jan 28, 2009
A picture is worth thousand words! Now that Picasa 3.0 is available on Mac, here is a collage of pictures from the recently concluded Sun Tech Days in Singapore. The complete photo album is available at: And if you are interested in knowing all the action, read here! Technorati: conf suntechdays singapore
on Jan 28, 2009
Follow up from Day 1. Matt Thompson talked about cloud computing. Even though the term "cloud computing" is becoming more prominent now, it very well echoes Sun's 25 years old mantra - "The Network is the Computer". Even though there are some prominent players but the field is very much emerging. Matt touched upon different interpretations of a cloud - Platform, Infrastructure or Software as a...
on Jan 28, 2009
There's an interesting thread going on over at InfoQ regarding the relationship between BPM and Software Engineering. One subtext of this discussion raises a wider question - When is it "Programming" and when is it "Software Engineering"? I'm not sure that the distinction really matters... it's kind of like trying to nail down a definition for "Scripting Languages" rather than "Real"...
on Jan 27, 2009
Follow up from Part 1. Attended "What Developers should care about MySQL ?" by Colin and "Groovy and Grails" by Chuk-munn Lee. I enjoyed both the talks for different reasons. Colin's talk explained the pluggable storage engine architecture that is unique to MySQL (pronounced my-ess-kew-ell, not my-sequel). It was interesting to know that the different storage engines can be picked a la carte...
on Jan 20, 2009
The Sun Tech Days Singapore started earlier this morning - over 1100 developers, an outstanding audience!!! The kick off had a good local flare when the Gods of Longevity, Fortune, and Prosperity (Fu Lu Shou) showed up to start the event ;-) The build up to their appearance was really exciting as evident from the video below: This particular event will also be recorded in Singapore Book of...
on Jan 20, 2009
If your university is not participating in the Sun Campus Ambassador program, you can always create an Open Source University Meetup (OSUM, pronounced "awesome") community. Sun Microsystems offers you the complete range of Open Source software - OpenSolaris, OpenOffice, NetBeans, GlassFish, MySQL, and many others. OSUM provides an opportunity to create a student club and:   ...
on Jan 19, 2009
PC Magazine just posted its 173 choices of The Best Free Software of 2009. Among the categories are App Launches, Audio/Music, Backup, Blogging, Browsers, Graphics, and others. Gratifyingly, under Office, OpenOffice, primarily sponsored by Sun, is honored as one of the 13 Hall of Fame winners. Terrific!
on Jan 15, 2009
It is embarrassing to share the post below but certainly very encouraging to know that readers like the posts on my two blogs (weblogs.java.net/weblogs/java.net and blogs.sun.com/arungupta). I've thoroughly enjoyed 544 posts on weblogs.java.net and 762 posts on blogs.sun.com so far :) Thanks for the continued readership and feel free to send suggestions by leaving a comment on the blog!...
on Jan 14, 2009
If you're interested in the recent or popular community postings about Sun, don't miss the Community Voices site on sun.com. Here are a few of the current headlines: MySQL University (Stefan's MySQL Musings) What Spaghetti Code Looks Like (Eric Wendelin's Blog) Moving from Swing to JavaFX (JavaWorld's Daily Brew) "Cloudy" Forecast for Computing (Mercury News) Enough to entice you to take a...
on Jan 6, 2009
A December 2008 posting on Storage Stop, the Sun OpenSolaris Storage News blog, lists and links to videos on many of Sun's products and technologies. The videos are divided into categories—ZFS, Open Storage, SSD/Flash Storage, OpenSolaris Projects, and Community—and include presentations at conferences, training events, interviews, and so forth. What a wealth of information from...
on Jan 5, 2009
Who doesn't enjoy reading predictions? Early last year, I came across a few articles that predict the high-tech happenings in 2008. Here they are—if only as fun reading: i-Technology 2008 Predictions: Where's RIAs, AJAX, SOA and Virtualization Headed in 2008? (JDJ) A Dozen Predictions for 2008 (Flex Developer's Journal) Five Predictions for 2008 (cld.blog-city.com) All the best in the...
on Jan 2, 2009
The 3rd edition of Jazoon conference is going to happen on June, 22-25, 2009 @ Zürich, Switzerland. The call for papers is open until 15th January 2009, and it's a good chance to get visibility to your projects or products. The first edition of the conference two years ago established the brand and a slot in the Java calendar, then a second edition in 2008 registered a more global audience...
on Dec 27, 2008
Got Advice for Students? If so, check out my article on java.sun.com where 11 leading Java developers -- from Joshua Bloch to Tor Norbye to Chet Haase -- offer advice about how to become better developers. I've excerpted and consolidated useful advice from previous interviews. Here's a brief sampling: Josh Bloch: "Write lots of code. Have fun with it! Collaborate with people who are more...
on Dec 12, 2008
Topic: The Seductions of Scala Scala is a new, statically-typed language for the JVM. Its advantages over Java include a succinct syntax, an improved object model and full support for functional programming (FP). In this code-heavy talk, I’ll show why Scala is so seductive, how it can improve your productivity, and why it might replace Java as the de facto language for the JVM. Who: Dean...
on Dec 9, 2008
Ask the Jazoon'09 Program Chair December 02, 2008 13:00-14:00 GMT+1 Ask the Jazoon Program Chair hosted by Corsin Decurtins If you have questions regarding your Jazoon submissions or have a general question to the Program Chair, you are very welcome to join this webinar. To register, please click here. About the Jazoon'09 call for paper Proposals for short talks (20 minutes) and long talks (50...
on Dec 1, 2008
In case you missed it, the call is open for JavaOne 2009 submissions and the deadline is December 19th, 2008. Contrary to the last few years, the conference will be in early June in 2009, so there's plenty of time for your travel plans but not a lot of time to prepare your abstracts! One of the topics listed in the announcement is Mobility. This includes core ME technologies, platforms, languages...
on Nov 24, 2008
Interested in the Solaris OS? Sun has set up a Solaris campus in Second Life, ready for you to visit any time. Reference material and presentations are at your fingertips there, including a Certification Center and a billboard that lists upcoming events in which a Sun representative will be present to answer your questions. Speaking of Solaris, be sure to subscribe to the monthly OpenSolaris...
on Oct 22, 2008