Posted by editor
on September 23, 2008 at 7:57 AM PDT
Students (and indie developers) vie for Darkstar dominance... also:
Spotlight: Project Darkstar Developer Challenge
Java Today: Contributing to Substance and Flamingo and JavaTools Community Newsletter #181
Weblogs: Getting started on java.net, Facelets with JSF, and Manor 'n Rock JSF Canvas components requirements-gathering
Forum Posts: LWUIT list of buttons, Metro digest calculation, and Seam/Quartz/GlassFish integration
Students (and indie developers) vie for Darkstar dominance
It's been a little while since we've heard a lot from Project Darkstar , the Java-based MMO gaming back-end engine, but it looks like they're back in a pretty big way, with Sun sponsoring a contest for projects by students and independent developers that use Project Darkstar.
And the prizes are pretty sweet.
The Project Darkstar Developer Challenge is looking for the best applications and utilities (libraries, tools, plug-in services and managers, etc.) for Project Darkstar. Grand prize winners in the student and non-student categories get a 2009 Game Developer Conference (GDC) pass and an opportunity to show their work in a GDC presentation, plus cash for travel and a feature on the Project Darkstar site. Runners-up get a GDC pass, cash for travel and the feature. And all entrants get a Project Darkstar t-shirt. Entrants must be members of the Project Darkstar community, and must submit their entries between November 17, 2008 and January 19, 2009.
It's a big enough announcement that we've made it this week's Spotlight , so it'll stick around on the front page for the rest of the week.
So if MMOs are your thing, get cracking... it could literally be your ticket to GDC.
Also in Java Today , Kirill Grouchnikov is inviting interested developers to participate of two prominent java.net Swing projects he founded, the Substance look-and-feel and the Flamingo component suite . "Are you interested in contributing to one of my open-source projects, but don't know where to start? It is actually my fault, and this blog post will try to serve as an entry point to the interested developers who want to contribute to the success, diversity and adoption of Swing for high performing, modern and customizable user interfaces." Entry points include bug reporting, documentation, and code contributions, with some specific and straightforward suggested tasks on the latter.
In today's Weblogs , Sonya Barry hopes to help answer the question How do I get started? "I'm trying to fix a problem here. I think new developers are underserved at java.net - we're so focused on new projects that we haven't addressed new developers looking for projects to gain experience with. Here's where I try to create a starting point."
Arun Gupta's writes further about JSF with his latest tip,
TOTD #46: Facelets with Java Server Faces 1.2 . "This blog updates TOTD #45 to use Facelets as the view technology. Powerful templating system, re-use and ease-of-development, designer-friendly are the key benefits of Facelets."
Manfred Riem is still
Gathering further requirements for Manor 'n Rock JSF Canvas components . "Feel free to file comments and we will include them in our considerations."
In today's Forums , Qunhuan Mei asks fellow LWUIT developers Is there a convenient way to handle a list of buttons...? "Suppose I have a list of names and want that to appear in a form to be selected individually, I could first initialise a