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CSS and Swing

Posted by daniel on October 14, 2003 at 11:01 AM PDT

Separating the components that make up your view makes your Swing application more flexible, robust, and maintainable. But that's just a first step. You can also factor out the common elements that define the look for your application in the same way that CSS is used to style a web site.

ROI of UI Technology

Posted by pbrittan on October 14, 2003 at 6:29 AM PDT

I recently wrote a paper for The SAP Developer Network on user interface technology in the enterprise. I'd like to pull out one small section of that paper for further discussion here:

How do kids program today?

Posted by joshy on October 14, 2003 at 5:57 AM PDT

I have often wondered how people learn to program today.
In the old days we had Basic and Logo, but what do kids use
today? The old standbys are powerful enough to make something for the
web (assuming they even exist) and nothing else has a simple
development environment for children. Perhaps we need something new.

NeoOffice/J 0.7 Released

Posted by webmink on October 13, 2003 at 2:29 PM PDT

While we're celebrating the third birthday of, I'd like to pass huge congratulations to Patrick Luby on the release of v0.7 of NeoOffice/J for Mac OS X.

Integrating Tomcat and Apache on Mac OS X

Posted by simongbrown on October 13, 2003 at 2:24 PM PDT

I've been looking at integrating Apache and Tomcat on my PowerBook so that my dev environment more closely matches the box hosting my domain. Although I really do like open source, one of the biggest problems for me is that I always seem to need software that I have to build from the original source. This is one of the reasons I bought a Mac.

Making things right

Posted by daniel on October 13, 2003 at 1:34 PM PDT

I recently set up a new computer. Installing the applications and getting everything working wasn't so hard - but they didn't feel quite right. I had to go through and reset my preferences and tweak the applications in those little ways that make them fit me - key bindings, font size, window location, ... the usual.

jUnit to the Rescue

Posted by schaefa on October 10, 2003 at 2:02 PM PDT

I was just recently faced with taunting task to revamping the transaction handling of the J2EE server without breaking it but improving performance and removing any resource leaks. Already two developers tried to do this but had problems to understand the existing code in the first place and so I failed, too.

Competition Announced

Posted by daniel on October 10, 2003 at 12:03 PM PDT

There's a new programmer competition for developing 3G applications for the Motorola A920 handset.

From the announcement:

P2P Could Make Internet More Reliable: Gettin' JNGI With It.

Posted by steve on October 10, 2003 at 6:54 AM PDT

P2P is how the internet was supposed to constructed. Instead we got an client - server architecture. So says this incredibly interesting and challenge-issuing report from the MIT Enterprise Technology Review.

More free time

Posted by daniel on October 9, 2003 at 4:15 PM PDT

There's plenty of pressure to run a leaner organization. You're being asked to squeeze every bit of productivity out of your team. Tell them to take half a day each week to "play".