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A change in perspective

Posted by daniel on August 8, 2003 at 7:22 AM PDT

Ten years ago today, forever seemed like a really long time. That was the day that I formally exchanged vows with Kimmy the wonderwife. Father Guido Sarducci used to say that the phrase "forever and ever" was overkill. He noted that the additional "and ever" probably isn't necessary - it's covered by "forever". And then we had kids and forever changed to not being long enough.

There are less significant ways in which our lives change. Something comes along to change our perspective. The internet and early web browsers were probably a moment like that for many of us. RSS and newsreaders have changed my relationship to the web and to information. Early adopters roll their eyes and wonder what took the rest of us so long. RSS and blogging has finally gone mainstream.

The APIs have followed. You can sometimes follow what's hot by watching which APIs are rushed into the core Java set. A couple of years back it was the XML stack. More recently there's been a focus on web services. Today's feature article Using RSS in JSP pages uses the Informa APIs for working with RSS files from a Java application. Author Sam Newman takes you through an example of using Informa to parse RSS feeds and use them to add dynamic content to your web site.

The featured Weblogs begin with Michael Champion's piece Standards, Stability, and Confusion. He explains that

Standardization is hard -- it requires people with different perspectives and interests to (usually very laboriously) figure out what they really have in common and what that implies for the standard terminology (or data format, or API, or whatever). Even I (after 6 years of spending about half my working time on various W3C groups) am continually amazed at how hard it is to get agreement on seemingly trivial issues. Uhh, that's usually because they only look trivial ...

Michael suggests ways in which consumers of standards can adjust their attitudes in helpful ways. In The immensity of the JRE, Erb Cooper argues that there is too much in the "core" API. Maybe, he suggests, rt.jar can be pared down to what is truly core. Eve Maler's first blog entry SAML steams ahead is a call for your input on the SAML (Security Assertion Markup Language) 2.0 spec. Read Michael's entry on helping with standards and then Eve's on a specific standard that is soliciting your input.

In the Also Today section, we link to a JavaWorld article that Introduces Portlets. You'll find a quick overview of JSR 168 and some information on the portlet APIs. We also link to a DevX tutorial on Servlets, JSPs, and SQL that walks you through the creation of the components of a web based application that uses a database on the back end.

From the Java Today News Page, news editor Steve Mallett, has gathered the following News Headlines .

  • href="">Sun
    exec demos Mad Hatter desktop
  • href="">JRun
    Rumour Just That
  • href="">Merrill
    Lynch bans outside ISPs
  • href="">BlueJ
    1.3.0 Released
  • href="">JGraph
    2.2.2 Released

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