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David Herron

David Herron is a writer and green technology advocate living in Silicon Valley. He had worked for 10+ years in the Java SE Quality Engineering team. Work there included open source community engagement, mentoring team members, running contests, developing test suites and GUI test automation tools. He was a co-author of the original java.awt.Robot class. His prior experience is in development roles, in cross-platform GUI toolkits, and electronic mail systems. David graduated from the University of Kentucky in 1988. David's other blog sites include David Herron .com, Seven General Ruminations (covering sustainability, alternate energy, etc), VisForVoltage (an electric vehicle discussion forum) and writing for examiner.com as the Green Transportation Examiner.
 

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It takes a village to grow an open source project. Any open source project lives from a wide range of contributions, not just bug fixes, new features, and other changes to the software, but evangelism, user groups, artwork, and more. The OpenJDK Quality Team is being formed by Sun's Java SE quality...

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There appears to be over-reacting and fearism concerning a recent decision to cancel the DLJ project, and subsequently Ubuntu's plan to remove DLJ-based Java packages from their repository....

Hey, it's been awhile since I last posted on this blog, largely because I didn't have much to say about Java for awhile, and partly because I've been working with Node.js over the last year....

 Last week Apple released their latest product destined to change the world (the iPad).  At least that's what they want us to believe.  Perhaps the biggest controversy over the...

I'm drawing on several threads of thinking in several presentations and conversations this week at JavaOne, and am thinking the Java Community Process (JCP) no longer serves the needs of the Java...

The JavaOne opening keynote is still a fancy rock & roll show with fancy stage and the like. It's always exciting to see what they have to say, and they do a good job of spinning a story that...

Just a reminder to those of you a) attending JavaOne, b) interested in porting OpenJDK to other platforms, we have a BOF on thursday night. Please attend. The agenda is to simply bring the right...

This session is conducted by a pair from SonyEricsson, and they're discussing Java based rich user interfaces for "mobile" devices. As always the word "mobile" is overly constrained to mean "cell...

I am attending JavaOne and will be posting a series of blog's about each session I attend.

So, hmm, Oracle+Sun. Interesting twist from the IBM+Sun matchup earlier. There has been numerous rumors over the years about SUN+xyzzy mergers such as Fujitsu, IBM, SGI, Apple, etc. And it's...

I've been gone from Sun for a little while now but of course I'm still interested in Java, and thankfully still have access to this...

I'm listening to the 'holidays 2008ish' episode of Javaposse and in reviewing their last years predictions they have enough fumbling...

I've been toying with doing a blog or podcast aggregator with JavaFX. I have a feeling that the strengths of JavaFX, animation, graphics, media, etc, could be put to good use in such an app....

You can view the updated site, launch videos, sample apps, and more, at javafx.com .. well .. when the server comes back up, it's having a little bit of trouble at...

Just in case you're not all election'd out, and just in case the recent election in the U.S. gave you some hope that things can change through elections, here's an opportunity to affect the...

The Sun Shows Signs of Life "After two-plus years of..generally eerie calm..sun is finally showing signs of life.."I...

I've been thinking about this a bit recently and a comment on the javaposse google group tipped me into blogging mode. While...

We finally know the value for N in the equation 6uN .. N = 10.

Why JavaFX should be inlineable with HTML raises an interesting question in my mind. He's...

Frans Thamura asks an interesting question... What do you think of OpenJDK 10 years from Now? .. gosh. Okay, we first...

R.I.P Usenet: 1980-2008 ?? Surely you jest, surely this is one of those "the rumors of my death are greatly exaggerated"...

We've been working legal ropes for awhile to get this result: Sun Approved: Merge from BSD Java to...

The latest javaposse episode had an interesting go around what is a 'rich internet application'. BTW, guys, I'm really bummed you're...

Java is finally Free and Open .. hey, The Fedora/IcedTea team have reached a great milestone. Their build of the OpenJDK has passed the (...

Go to openjdk.java.net and scroll your eyes down to the Tools section of the navigation bar. You will see a link that's been there a long time,...

On an earlier blog posting a commenter asked: "I would like to know how to use the VLC media...

It's been how long? Thank you Apple for getting this out! Anyway, Java for Mac OS X 10.5 Update 1: This Java for Mac...

I'm giving a session at JavaOne this year titled "Hacking the OpenJDK...

I've been subscribed to Planet Classpath and Planet JDK for a couple years. This blog has been aggregated into...